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​January 2015
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
​Make the New Year a Fit One - At a Broward County Park

​If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to shed those few pounds you might have picked up over the holiday season, back up your good intentions with a visit to one of our parks. Whatever your activity of choice, there’s a park for you:

And, of course, you can engage in those most basic of physical activities, walking and hiking, at any of our parks, nature centers, and natural areas. For more information, visit our Website at Broward.org/Parks.

​Holiday Hours
​All regional parks, nature centers, natural areas, and neighborhood parks will be open on Wednesday, December 31, as well as Thursday, January 1 (New Year’s Day), and Monday, January 19 (Martin Luther King Day). The exception is Deerfield Island Park, which will be closed. The schedule for special attractions varies; contact the individual attraction for additional information. The regional parks’ regular holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect on January 1 and 19.

​Lights Out - Soon
​Just a few more days are left to see Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. The drive-through light show, under the management of Brandano Displays, runs through Saturday, January 3 and is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m.

Admission is $14 per vehicle, $40 per bus carrying 15 or more passengers. For more information, visit HolidayLightsDriveThru.com or email HFOL@Brandano.com.  

​Holiday Trees: Getting Rid of Them

​If the holidays are long gone but your tree isn’t, it’s time to chip in and donate your used evergreen to our annual Chip-a-Tree initiative. Last year Broward County Parks recycled more than 5,000 trees – tons of material that would otherwise have gone to landfills. Your tree can join those recyclable thousands.

The free program encourages Broward County residents to remove all decorations from their holiday trees (no decorated trees will be accepted), then bring the trees to a participating park, where they are chipped and used for landscaping throughout the county park system. There is a limit of two trees per vehicle, artificial trees are not accepted, and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed.

This season’s program runs from Friday, December 26, 2014, through Monday, January 19, 2015, giving you plenty of time to take advantage of those after-the-holidays sales before hauling your tree to a park. And remember, the regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will not be in effect for recyclers, so there’s no excuse not to do the right thing. Hours vary; call the park of your choice for details.

​An Invitation
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, there will be an Opening Ceremony for the Adaptive Mountain Bike Trail at Markham Park & Target Range. The event celebrates the work of mountain bike trail volunteers who have designed a trail specifically for off-road, hand-powered recumbent bicycles, commonly used by disabled wheelchair users. What distinguishes this new trail is that it can accommodate bikes that are lower to the ground and often characterized by two wheels in front and one behind. The bikes have a high gear ratio range to tackle steep slopes and a wider rear tire with suitable tread to endure rough outdoor terrain. The trail – which includes a small free-ride, dirt-jump area, will provide a challenging ride for hand-cyclists, taking into consideration the unique steering and braking capabilities of the cycles. Light refreshments will be available after the opening ceremony. For more information or to R.S.V.P. (required by noon on Tuesday, January 20), call 954-357-8100.

​For the Birds

​Two very different parks in northern Broward County offer avian programs this month, both on Saturday, January 3. From 8 to 9 a.m., Quiet Waters Park will launch its new Bald Eagle Walk & Watch series, which continues on Saturdays, January 17 and 31. Then, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., nearby Deerfield Island Park will offer a Bird Walk focusing on the island park’s distinctive resident and migratory birds. Space is limited and preregistration is required for both programs by calling Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100. Sturdy shoes and binoculars are recommended.

Then on Wednesday, January 7, and Sunday, January 11, another park will offer a similar program. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. on those days, Miramar Pineland will host a Sunset Nature Walk: Birds & Their Homes; the fee is $3/person, and preregistration is required by calling the park at 954-357-8776. Also on January 11, Tall Cypress Natural Area will have a free Bird Walk starting at 7:30 a.m.

​S'More of What You're Looking For
​You’ve made it through the holidays. Now treat yourself to an old-fashioned Family Hayride and Campfire, complete with one of the ultimate comfort foods, s’mores. The events take place on Fridays from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and there are two this month.

The series has ended at Quiet Waters and T.Y. parks. Easterlin has its final event on January 23, and Tradewinds Park & Stables launches its series, which runs through March, on January 9.

Tickets are $3.50/person (ages 3 and up) and include one hayride and a bag of fixings to make s’mores. Advance purchase is required. For more information, call the park of your choice: Tradewinds at 954-357-8870, or Easterlin at 954-357-5190.

​Walks on the Wild Side

​Enjoy nature at our parks this month with a variety of hikes and walks, from early in the day until after dark. Many programs entail a fee, and most require preregistration. Call the numbers indicated for additional information.

  • Sat., Jan. 3, 8 a.m. – Bald Eagle Walk & Watch – Quiet Waters (954-357-5100)
  • Sat., Jan. 3, 8:30 a.m. – Bird Walk Deerfield Island (954-357-5100)
  • Sat., Jan. 3, 7 p.m.  – Nature at Night Hike Deerfield Island (954-357-5100
  •  Sun., Jan. 4, 1 p.m. – Trail Stroll Anne Kolb (954-357-5161)
  • Wed., Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m. – Sunset Nature  Walk Miramar Pineland (954-357-8776)
  • Sat., Jan. 10, 1 p.m. – Plants of the Anne Kolb Nature Center Hike (954-357-5161)
  • Sat., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. – Night Hike Tall Cypress (954-357-5100)
  • Sun., Jan. 11, 7:30 a.m. – Bird Walk Tall Cypress (954-357-5100)
  • Sun., Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m. – Sunset Nature Walk Miramar Pineland (954-357-8776)
  • Fri., Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m. – Nature at Night Hike Long Key (954-357-8797)
  • Sat., Jan. 17, 8 a.m. – Bald Eagle Walk & Watch Quiet Waters (954-357-5100)
  • Sun., Jan. 25, 10 a.m. – Guided Nature Hike Long Key (954-357-8797
  • Sat., Jan. 31, 8 a.m. – Bald Eagle Walk & Watch Quiet Waters (954-357-5100)

​A Chili Forecast

​Tickets are still available for the 30th Annual 99.9 KISS Country Chili Cookoff, scheduled for Sunday, January 25 at C.B. Smith Park. Gates open at 8:30 a.m., and the concert begins at approximately 10 a.m., with Brad Paisley, the Band Perry, Jerrod Niemann, the Swon Brothers, and the Cadillac Three. Purchase from WKIS.com, or from Grifs Western, Pet Supermarkets, and select locations of Sedano’s.


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​SWIM Central

​Broward County Commission's primary resource and referral service for available swim programs in cooperation with various cities and nonprofit organizations. Call 954-357-SWIM (7946).



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