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​January 2016
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
​Holiday Hours
​All regional parks, nature centers, natural areas, and neighborhood parks will be open on Thursday, December 31, as well as Friday, January 1 (New Year’s Day), and Monday, January 18 (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 18.

​Holiday Trees - A Green Way to Get Rid of Greenery

​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 3,000 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 through Monday, January 18, 2016, 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.

​Forecast: Chili
​The annual 99.9 KISS Country Chili Cookoff turns 31 on the 31st of January, and tickets may still be available for the concert, which starts at approximately 10 a.m. at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. (Gates open at 8:30 a.m.) The headliner is Little Big Town, with other acts including Jake Owen, Chris Young, Dan + Shay, and Maddie & Tae. Purchase tickets from WKIS.com, or from Grifs Western, Pet Supermarkets, and select locations of Sedano’s.

​Lecture Circuit
​The Anne Kolb Nature Center launches its latest Lunch and Learn Nature Series this month with the theme “Among Mangroves.” The lecture will be presented from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, January 22 and will feature the nature center’s own Parks Naturalist Joanne Howes. She’ll lead this “armchair hike” exploring the park’s unique mangrove ecosystem and its inhabitants.

Future installments in the series will be “Biological Conservation Strategies in an Ever-Changing World,” on February 12 and “A Visit to the Galápagos Through the Eyes of an Explorer,” on March 18. A donation of $7 per person is requested to benefit the Friends of Anne Kolb volunteer group, and preregistration is required. Lunch is provided. For more information, call the park at 954-357-5161. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12.

Also in January, Secret Woods Nature Center continues its Propagation Lecture Series, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 17. The topic will be “Grafting.” The fee is $5/person. For more information, call the park at 954-357-8884. Secret Woods is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6.

​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 2 and is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $15 per vehicle, $40 per bus carrying 15 or more passengers. For more information, visit HolidayLightsDriveThru.com or email HFOL@Brandano.com.  



​You're Invited
​Find out more about one of our key partners – the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), which works closely with the Parks Extension Education Section – this month when the agencies host their Open House. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, at our UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center in Davie.

At this free event, you and your family and friends can learn about a variety of topics, from honeybees and termites to family nutrition and drone awareness. There will be activities for the whole family, including plants for sale, a tree-trimming demo, and much more. There will also be food trucks onsite with food and beverages available for purchase. For more information about this annual event, call Extension Education at 954-357-5270.

​Car Tunes
​Are car shows music to your ears? If so, you have two in County parks to choose from in January. Or just go to both of them, as they’re on different days. The Fourth Annual Mercedes-Benz Concours de Eleganz will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 10 at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood. A week later, on Sunday, January 17, the Fifth Annual Cool Wheels Car Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. The event benefits the Youth Automotive Training Center (founded in 1984 by Jim Moran). For more information, call T.Y. at 954-357-8811 or Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100. The parks’ regular weekend gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

​Want S'More(s)?

​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. (6 to 9 p.m. at T.Y. Park), and there are four this month.

The series has ended at Quiet Waters Park. Easterlin has its first event on January 8, and Tradewinds Park & Stables launches its series, which runs through February, on January 15, with a second event on January 29. T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park has one in between, on January 22.


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; cash only at T.Y. For more information, call the park of your choice: Easterlin at 954-357-5190, Tradewinds at 954-357-8870, or T.Y. at 954-357-8811.


​Find Fitness - 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:

  • Memorial Fitness Zones – Brian Piccolo, T.Y.
  • Mountain biking – Markham, Quiet Waters
  • Netball – Central Broward Regional
  • Tennis/racquetball – Brian Piccolo, C.B. Smith, Central Broward Regional, Lafayette Hart, Markham, T.Y., West Lake
  • Volleyball – Brian Piccolo, C.B. Smith, Deerfield Island, Easterlin, Franklin, Hollywood North Beach, Lafayette Hart, Markham, Plantation Heritage, Quiet Waters, Reverend Samuel Delevoe, Tradewinds, Tree Tops, T.Y., West Lake
  • Water-skiing/wakeboarding – C.B. Smith, T.Y.

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.  

​Walks on the Wild Side

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

  • Sat., Jan. 2, 8:30 a.m. – Bird Walk Deerfield Island (954-357-5100)
  • Sun., Jan. 3, 8 a.m. – Bird Walk Tall Cypress (954-357-5100)
  • Fri., Jan. 8, 10 a.m. – Intro to Birding Walk Fern Forest (954-357-5198)
  • Sat., Jan. 9, 10 a.m. – Intro to Birding Walk – Fern Forest (954-357-5198)
  • Sat., Jan. 9, 10 a.m. – Off-Trail Hike Long Key (954-357-8797)
  • Sun., Jan. 10, 11 a.m. – Trail Stroll Anne Kolb (954-357-5161)
  • Wed., Jan. 20, 5 p.m. – Sunset Nature Walk Miramar Pineland (954-357-8776)
  • Fri., Jan. 22, 6 p.m. – Full-Moon Hike – Long Key (954-357-8797)
  • Fri., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. – Full-Moon Forest Stroll – Fern Forest (954-357-5198)
  • Sat., Jan. 23, 10 a.m. – Plants of Anne Kolb Nature Center Hike (954-357-5161)
  • Sat., Jan. 23, 6 p.m. – Full-Moon Hike Pine Island Ridge (954-357-5130)
  • Sun., Jan. 31, 10 a.m. – Guided Nature Hike – Long Key (954-357-8797)

Fern Forest (954-357-5198) also offers Guided Nature Walks every Sunday, weather permitting, starting at 1 p.m. Secret Woods (954-357-8884) offers the walks on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Call to confirm.

​New Launch Location for Deerfield Island Park's Shuttle
​Effective Saturday, January 9, the pickup/dropoff point for the boat shuttle service to and from Deerfield Island Park in Deerfield Beach changes from Sullivan Park to Pioneer Park (217 N.E. Fifth Ave.). Sullivan Park will undergo an expansion and redevelopment project expected to last until the end of 2016. Visitors can catch the free shuttle to the park, which is normally open Saturdays and Sundays only, at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m., with the final shuttle returning from the island at 3:30 p.m. The shuttle will also operate for any programs or special events at the park. For more information, call 954-357-5100.

​About the Parks Foundation

​The Parks Foundation of Broward County is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 2014 in support of the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. The foundation welcomes individual memberships and corporate partnerships at all levels to help promote our parks and programs, preserve our natural areas, and provide more green space for our community.



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