There surely was a lot to celebrate last weekend as people came from near and far for the River Cities Festival. But not all of the celebrating occurred around the Circle and Canal Street. There was an entirely different kind of celebration going on at the Miami Springs Community Center.
On Saturday afternoon, April 12 the City of Miami Springs paid honor to a person who has left quite a mark on our community. Doug Orr, accompanied by his wife, Yvonne Orr, traded the cold weather in North Carolina for some Miami Springs sunshine. With his wife, children and grandchildren standing alongside him, Orr was named the very first inductee to the Wall of Fame.
Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia, and Councilmen Billy Bain, Jaime Petralanda and Michael Windrem all were in attendance to recognize Orr for all that he has contributed to the City of Miami Springs.
Patti Bradley and Omar Luna transformed what is usually a basketball court into a serene area, complete with refreshments and yellow ribbons for a special unveiling.
Doug Orr is a household name in Miami Springs. Some might recognize the name from being on the back of the Little League jerseys over the years, but most would recognize the name from the well-established Douglas Orr Plumbing Company located on the west side of town. Yes, Orr has spent the last 40 years growing the business into a reliable commercial and residential plumbing company, but he’s spent just as many years, if not more, investing in the youth and athletic programs of Miami Springs.
“The first person to come to mind for the Wall of Fame was of course, Mr. Orr,” said Bain, who was thrilled to present the honors.
From Orr’s years on the field coaching football, baseball, and soccer in the ’70s and ’80s to serving on the Recreation Board in the ’80’s and ’90s, to the years of contributing financially to athletic programs, Orr has proven that Miami Springs has a special place in his heart.
“There are a few people in your life that give so selflessly of themselves for the good of the community and Doug Orr has done just that,” said Louie Cimino, long-time friend of the family. “If I can be half the role model to the kids I work with, I will consider myself a successful man. I am privileged to have had him in my life.”
Orr’s grandchildren — Aiden, Ashley and Marley — got the honors as they stood high on the second floor of the community center and pulled the yellow ribbon unveiling the plaque bearing Orr’s name. Family and supporters watched from below and applauded.
“Not everyone is lucky enough to grow up in Miami Springs, but I’ve been lucky and the city has been good to me. I’ve been very blessed,” Orr said. “This is a great honor for me. I believe it’s a great tradition to start and hopefully many will work hard to continue this.”
Although Orr has retired and moved to North Carolina, his name is high on the wall in the heart of the Miami Springs Community Center for future generations to see, proving that he will always be a part of the beautiful City of Miami Springs.