2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: 954-357-7080 • Fax: 954-357-7081
Wi-Fi is available in the meeting room.
Getting Our Communities Moving Again - Living Well Walking Groups
This site was designated as a park in the Franklin Park subdivision in 1954 and was later developed as it currently exists. In 1999, in an effort to improve the living conditions in the Broward Municipal Services District (formerly known as unincorporated Broward County), the Parks and Recreation Division was allocated $1.6 million to acquire, develop, and expand the park. The improvements were finished and an opening ceremony was held on June 17, 2000. The park improvements included:
two covered full-court basketball courts (lighted)
a walking trail
a 6,000-square-foot community center with a kitchen, office space, storage, restrooms, activity rooms, landscaping, and a parking lot
The community center houses an updated fitness center. Annual access to the fitness center costs $21.20 and may be purchased at the park during normal business hours. The fitness room hours and Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
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The park offers a free After-School Program for ages 6 to 17, as well as a free Summer Recreation Program and youth sports development programs. The park also offers senior programs that emphasize healthy living and nutrition. For more information on these programs, visit our Activities and Programs Webpage. Watch participants in the After-School Program march against bullying during National Anti-Bullying Month here.
We also feature the Walk With Ease program for seniors looking to stay fit. For more information on the Walk With Ease Program, please visit the program Web page.
One of the activity rooms at Franklin Park is outfitted with computers, offering neighborhood residents (adults and children) opportunities to improve their computer skills.
The park is also home to the Public Art and Design project The Word Garden, by Angela Curreri and Rick Yasko, Broward-based artists who designed a colored, patterned concrete walkway encircling the park's playground. Along the walkway, the artists placed seven colored concrete benches engraved with the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa in both Swahili and English, along with seven inspirational quotes, each related to a specific principle. According the Curreri and Yasko's statement, they "met with the Franklin Park community many times during [our] five years working in this neighborhood. The community repeatedly expressed the desire for the project to be both inspirational and educational."
For volunteer opportunities at this or other parks please visit our Volunteer Web page.