16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise, FL 33326
Phone: 954-357-8868• Fax: 954-357-8869• Email: MarkhamPark@Broward.org
VOLUNTEER PARK OF THE YEAR 2014
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Large group gatherings of 250 or more persons require prior Park approval and issuance of a Park Permit to address such items as reserving space for the group, traffic control, trash removal/cleanup deposit, etc.
Wi-Fi is available in the campground.
There are eight shelters of various sizes available, with capacities ranging from 24 to 80 people. View photos and details of shelters.
Reservations are required and payment must be made when reserved. Reservation rates vary depending on the size of the shelter and whether the shelter is used on a weekday, weekend, or holiday. Please check our reservation fees page for the current rates. A cash cleanup/security deposit is also required on the day of reserved use. For weekends and holidays, the reservation fee does not include the $1.50-per-person park admission fee.
The Campground has 88 full-hookup sites (water, electricity, and sewer). Each site also includes a picnic table and a fire ring or barbecue grill. The campground has two restroom facilities with showers. View campground map (PDF).
Reservations are highly recommended, especially during the height of the camping season (October - May). Please check our campground fees page for current rates. Reservations are made by contacting the park office by phone. Parks will accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Check out the other camping areas of Broward County's Parks.
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Markham Park also provides an area set aside for youth primitive camping for nonprofit groups. Reservations and arrangements must be made through the park office by calling 954-357-8868 or by email to MarkhamPark@Broward.org
The Preserve at Markham is available for adult and youth group primitive camping at $350 per night.
The Markham Park airfield offers more than 50 acres of ground space for takeoff and landing of remote-control model planes and helicopters. With the recently extended and renovated runway, this airfield is one of the finest in the country! Numerous events are hosted throughout the year by the various clubs and organizations affiliated with the park. An Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and a Markham Park flying card are required to fly at the field.
Use of the airfield also requires an annual membership.
Clubs and organizations affiliated with the airfield include the Markham Park Pilots Association.
Fly Right Inc. offers radio-control pilot instruction at the airfield. Fees range from $30 for a one-hour individual session to $599 for a five-day pro-pilot course. For more information about this training, contact Fly Right at 954-816-4410.
Personal Watercraft Lake (Closed for the season)
This 26-acre lake is open seasonally on weekends and holidays from mid-March through the end of October for motorized personal watercraft. A launching fee of $15 per three-hour session is required, with session times set as follows: noon-3 p.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Disc Golf Course
An 18-hole disc golf course is open to the public free of charge. Disc golfers must provide their own equipment. Course maps and scorecards are available at the park office. Disc Golf Course Map (PDF - 7.63 MB)
Please note: Boat rentals have been temporarily suspended at Markham Park. Check back for updates as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Markham Park has kayaks and canoes available for rent during the designated aquatics season (May-September). Rentals are available at the pool office beginning at 10 a.m. Boat rental fees. A security deposit is also required.
Tennis Courts/Racquetball Courts
Four hard-surfaced, unlighted tennis courts are available at no charge during the day. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The park also features four three-wall racquetball courts available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Special Event Field
Markham Park's 23-acre special event field can host special events, company picnics, and concerts. The special event area is also the site of numerous 5K fundraising events held at various times throughout the year.
Mountain Bike Trails
With roughly 14 miles of trails, the Markham Park Mountain Bike Trails offer bicycle enthusiasts a challenging experience. Trails are available for the novice, intermediate, expert/pro rider, and the adaptive bike rider. Mountain bike trail volunteers designed a roughly four-mile trail specifically for off-road, hand-powered recumbent bikes, commonly used by disabled wheelchair users. This trail can accommodate bikes that are lower to the ground and often characterized by one wheel in front and two wheels behind. This trail is also open to children, first-time mountain bikers, and anyone else who may be uncertain if they're ready for the park's more rugged 10-miles of mountain bike trails. Helmets are required, and riders under the age of 17 must have written consent from parent or legal guardian to ride. Only mountain bikes are permitted on the trails. Non-specific mountain bikes, bike trailers, and child seats are not allowed on the trails. Additionally, pets, pedestrians, walkers, hikers, runners, horses, motorized bikes, and ATVs are also prohibited on the trails.
Use of trails requires an annual membership or daily fee. Visit the Mountain Bike Trail Fees page for more information. The annual membership fee is $25 plus tax; the daily fee is $5 plus tax. Annual membership passes purchased on or after July 1 will sold at a prorated cost of $12.50 plus tax. The annual membership pass expires on December 31 of the year that it was purchased.
If you would like to become a mountain bike trail maintenance volunteer, please follow the link below to the project announcement, then print the announcement and bring it to the park with your photo identification. You can also link here to all necessary Volunteer Forms and Supplemental Materials.
Mountain Bike Trails Markham Park Project Announcement
View Larger Bike Trail Map (PDF).
For your safety: All ages must watch a safety video at the park office and complete a Waiver of Liability. Riders under 17 must watch the safety video and have a release and waiver of liability signed by a parent/guardian. Riders will be able to complete the process at the park office.
The Markham Park Bike Patrol - a group of dedicated mountain bike trail volunteers - patrols the trails offering guidance and assistance to riders in need.
See firsthand, by way of YouTube videos, what it is like to ride the various mountain bike trails at Markham Park, grouped by skill level:
- Novice - Fishing Hole Loop
- Novice-Intermediate - Lost Ring, Warm-Up Loop
- Intermediate - Bermuda Triangle, Las Olas, Pump Track, Supercross, Traverse, Washing Machine
- Intermediate-Advanced - Armadillo, Crime Scene, Deep Dark Forest, Iguana Ridge, Outback, Redback, Rock Garden
- Advanced - Area 51, Twisted Trail, Ted's Twisted Trail
- Intermediate-Advanced-Expert - Outback Extension, Route 66
- Pro-Expert - Alligator Alley, Gun Range
- Adaptive Trails - Fishing Hole Loop, Darkside, Gunrange Lakeside, OBX, Redback/Traverse, Fat Tire, Semper Fi, Turtle Slide, Warm-Up, Ruben Loop
There are two boat ramps accessible through Markham Park. The south boat ramp offers access to the New River Canal, which runs parallel to State Road 84, while the west boat ramp connects to the L35A canal adjacent to the Everglades.
Barkham at Markham
Barkham at Markham is a 3.5-acre dog park offering separate areas for small and large dogs to run leash free and play on various pet apparatus in the park. There are three pavilions located in the dog park with plenty of benches for dog owners to sit and converse with other dog owners.
The small-dog park is designed for dogs up to 25 pounds, while the large-dog park is designated for all others. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. For a complete set of dog park rules and regulations, please visit Barkham at Markham.
Use of Barkham requires an annual membership or a daily fee. Visit the dog park fees page for more information.
Barkham at Markham is closed each Tuesday morning until 10 a.m. for maintenance. There are also several other daylong closings throughout the year as required for more in-depth maintenance. These closing dates will be posted at the dog park at least one week in advance.
See a "dog's-eye view" of what fun awaits at Barkham at Markham here.
If you’ve ever paid more than passing attention to what goes on in the sky after dark, you may be a candidate for membership in the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA). This nonprofit organization has been around since 1965 and is dedicated to, as its Website puts it, “bringing the universe closer to all South Floridians.” The SFAAA makes its home at Markham Park, where every Saturday night at dusk, it opens the park’s Fox Observatory to the public for free stargazing until midnight.
Among the telescopic equipment at the group’s disposal are a pair of Schmidt-Cassegrains, a Brandon refractor, three Dobson reflectors, and a 12-inch Newtonian. Both Schmidt-Cassegrains are fitted with imagers that offset the effects of light pollution.
If none of this makes much sense to you, don’t worry. The SFAAA’s members are there to help you learn about such gear and how it operates. They often even bring along their own ’scopes, so that on a clear night there may be as many as 15 set up in various spots around the observatory.
The group also has its monthly meetings at the Fox at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month, open to the public, and there are monthly members-only events as well. Regular club dues are $20; student memberships are $10. One membership fee covers the entire family and includes the SFAAA’s monthly newsletter.
The park's two covered playgrounds offer a variety of play options for children ages 5 to 12. The playgrounds are located between Shelters #2 and #3, and next to Shelter #5 and the tennis courts.
A Little History
The initial 542 acres of this park were used as a grazing site until 1965 when the State of Florida Trustees Internal Improvement Fund turned the property over to Broward County. The park opened in 1973, named after the late C. Robert Markham, who was briefly the County's property appraiser until his death in 1966 (his son, William, became property appraiser in 1968). (Photo courtesy of the Broward County Historical Commission)
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