June 2014 Community Update
June 2014
Vol. 16, No. 6
Broward County water parks are a favorite place for families for summer! Last season, more than 275,000 guests experienced fun in the sun at four County parks: Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill, Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach and Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood. Water parks will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., June 5 through August 17. Admission varies by facility, and seasonal water park passes are also available online and at park offices. Visit Broward.org/Parks.
Christmas In July Seeks Clothing Items for Homeless Children
Christmas in July, the annual call to the community to gather new clothing and supplies for Broward’s homeless children, is in full gear. Donation priorities for the County’s homeless children, ages infant to 18, include new socks, shoes and underwear for boys or girls, to be presented at the annual Christmas In July event coordinated by Kiwanis Divisions 23 and 24 and Broward County. The event brings nearly 1,000 area homeless children together to enjoy a day away from the harsh reality of being homeless. Donation boxes are located in County facilities, including the Governmental Center, Government Center West, the Main Courthouse and all three Regional Courthouses, Broward County Libraries, Port Everglades, Aviation Department, Water and Wastewater Services in Pompano Beach and Child Care Licensing and Enforcement in Fort Lauderdale. The donation drive continues through July 3. For more information, email PublicInfo@broward.org or call 954-357-6990.

New Facility Will Convert Restaurant Waste to Energy
Broward County and its partner, Chevron Energy Solutions, broke ground last month for a private-public biogas to energy plant. The facility will turn waste, such as restaurant fats, oil and grease, known as “FOG” into reliable, renewable power to provide electricity to power some of the County’s water and wastewater operations. The innovative project is a first in South Florida and will be located at Broward County’s wastewater facility, 2555 W. Copans Road, Pompano Beach. The energy produced by the project will offset the costs of purchased electricity and help achieve countywide carbon reduction benefits that will safely handle grease disposal and increase biogas production. The amount of energy generated will power the equivalent of 800 homes. More…

Broward County Announces Plans for Broward 100 Centennial
Broward County announced plans for its 100 year centennial. “Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community” will be a yearlong, community-wide celebration beginning October 2014, with numerous events and activities that highlight our diverse and accomplished arts and cultural community. The Miramar Multi-Service Complex was the site of the first unveiling of an Inside Out visual arts project, one in a series of dramatic photographic collages where local residents “show their faces” and “tell their stories” to become part of Broward’s history. Projects will be installed in various locations throughout the County as part of the centennial. Inside Out is one of four featured cornerstones of Broward’s centennial celebration. For more information, visit Broward100.org or email Broward100@broward.org.