Council to name venue for Paul Sanborn
For several decades, Paul Sanborn
has preserved history for the city.
On Monday, Sanborn
, 84, will make some history himself when a newly opened park on Southeast Third Street will be dedicated in his
"I feel quite honored," Sanborn
said."When I found out about it I said, "Why me?"and I guess it's because I've been involved in the city for so long." Sanborn
found out about the approximately 3-acre park being named for him during a Cape Coral Rotary Club meeting last week.Later that day, he
visited the facility.
"It's very nice," Sanborn
said."It's has a playground for children, basketball courts, open-air pavilion and grill."
Other amenities include horseshoe pits, walking and exercise path, benches, restrooms, bike racks, drinking fountain and lights.
"The playground is very unique with a shade covering so the children can play and not get beat up by the sun," Sanborn
, a retired bank marketing officer, moved to Cape Coral
45 years ago from Kissimmee with his
wife, Mildred, and three daughters.He arrived seven years before the city incorporated as part of his work with Gulf American Corp., which sold land and first developed the city in the early years.
"There were 1,100 people when I came here," Sanborn
wore many hats and took over titles of assistant to the managing director and community relations director.He managed the Cape Coral Yacht Club from 1962 to 1966 and the Cape Coral Country Club at the same time. He also found time to work on community projects for the Cape Coral Rotary Club and the attend the first city council meetings on behalf of Gulf American Corp.
"Because of my position with Gulf American Corp.
, I did a lot in the community and got involved in a lot of things," Sanborn
greatest accomplishment was to bring the first high school to Cape Coral
.He served as chairman of the five-member Cape Coral High School task force.
The school opened at its current location off Santa Barbara Boulevard in April 1980, a month before the first senior class graduated.The students attended classes at North Fort Myers High before moving to the new building.
"That is something I'm truly proud of seeing - Cape Coral
gets its first high school," Sanborn
said. Sanborn served on the Lee County Mosquito District board for 20 years, Cape Coral Hospital Board of Directors for 29 years. has been the city's historian for approximately 25 years and a member of the American Legion for more than 60 years. He was recently named to a fifth term as president of the Cape Coral Historical Society/Museum and a charter member of Cape Coral First United Methodist Church.
"I'm interested in preserving history and contributing things to preserve history," Sanborn
said. Sanborn is a veteran and served in the Army Signal Corps as a radio operations gunman during World War II.