A short history of Flamingo Park
Flamingo Park Historic District has two legacies, both much appreciated in the 21st century.
First is the green one: Before the area was platted in 1921 for construction of single-family homes, today’s Flamingo Park was a pineapple plantation and mango orchard. Between and around the homes today, hundred-year-old mango trees tower over our streets, sidewalks and houses.
centennial cake

Botanical artifacts abound, such as the magnificent kapok tree at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Biscayne Drive and the monstrous banyan trees of Ardmore Road.
While gardening in the 21st century is nothing like the 1920s, many homeowners plant native and xeriscaped yards to conserve water and help surrounding nature survive our hurricane seasons well into the future.
The second legacy arose from the 1920s Florida land boom, when Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Mission homes filled out what was a “suburban” strip of land perched on the Atlantic coastal ridge south of downtown West Palm Beach.
​Indeed, with nearby Dixie Highway bustling with shops and businesses, Flamingo Park became THE place to buy or build a new home.
​Alfred Comeau, developer of West Palm Beach’s first “skyscraper” (the Comeau Building), built his home here at 701 Flamingo Drive.
As in many urban areas, the 1970s and ’80s drew many residents out of the city to newer suburbs. The ensuing urban downturn continued until in the early-1980s, when energetic buyers saw the value of solid old homes and began to restore them. Thus the rejuvenation of central West Palm Beach was underway.
In 1987, some of those tireless neighbors formed the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association.
The restored homes became important as “contributing properties” in awarding the local Historic District designation in 1993. Now homes built as late as the 1950s have “grown up” into historically contributing properties.
Time does fly, doesn’t it?
We watch — with decades behind us, as nearby Dixie Highway revs up again with new restaurants and shops and the Norton Museum of Art turns its face toward us — and we marvel at what changes and what doesn’t.
Many of those 1980s homeowners remain — still helping ensure Flamingo Park is the vibrant place we love.
Thanks to them, to others who alighted awhile and moved on, and to the “new folks” who have taken their place, our Flamingo Park reigns as a gleaming gem of a neighborhood.

About our neighborhood association
The Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association is a voluntary homeowners organization formed by residents in 1987.
West Palm Beach’s urban neighborhoods had been heavily impacted by westward development when, in the early 1980s, enterprising homebuyers saw the appeal of the Florida land boom housing stock on the Florida coastal ridge and began to fix up homes in the older sections of town.
Activist neighbors in Flamingo Park formed the FPNA, as the eventual mission statement would say, “to encourage and promote the safety, welfare and quality of life of residents in Flamingo Park.”
​Board of seven
A board of seven elected resident homeowners administers its budget, with funds raised from membership fees, event and cookbook profits, ad revenue and donations.
FPNA works with the city as appropriate to further the interests of Flamingo Park and all the historic neighborhoods throughout West Palm Beach.
The association also owns and maintains vintage-style light- and sign-poles throughout the neighborhood. It maintains street-side trash bins and doggie-waste stations.
FPNA hosts activities year-round for members and guests. It publishes the Flamingo Flyer six times annually for all residents and friends of Flamingo Park and maintains this website.
Flamingo Park became a West Palm Beach historic district in January 1993. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
Public events
FPNA puts on neighborhood-wide home tours, garden tours and yard sales that are open to the public.
The Holiday Historic Home Tour began in 1991 and has been offered almost annually since, typically on the first Sunday in December. Our 28th home tour is now being planned for Dec. 3, 2023.
The first Flamingo Park Garden Tour was held in 1996. Eleven were held in intermittent years, before hitting a lull. The event was revived in 2014 and repeated in 2016, 2018 and 2022.
The Flamingo Park Yard Sale Extravaganza is held on the Saturday of Presidents Day weekend, rain or shine, if at least 25 residents sign up to hold individual sales. A map and “teaser” list are circulated online to help shoppers zero in on the delightful finds to be had in this quirky neighborhood.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, FPNA welcomes tax-deductible donations from residents and friends of Flamingo Park.