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​July 2016
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
​July Is Park and Recreation Month
This July, we join the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA) to celebrate a tradition that started in 1985: Park and Recreation Month. This celebration encourages the community to enjoy parks and recreation programs and appreciate their benefits, including health and wellness, environmental conservation, community involvement, and social unity.

Facts about Parks and Recreation from the NRPA:
  • Between 2000 and 2012, more than 85 studies have been published that link parks to better physical and mental health.
  • A park with one acre of trees absorbs the carbon dioxide produced by driving a car 11,000 miles.
  • Parks and recreation programs enhance our quality of life by contributing to a healthy lifestyle, increasing communication skills, building self-esteem, teaching life skills, and providing places for enjoyment.
Join us this July to celebrate Park and Recreation Month by participating in one of the programs mentioned in this e-newsletter or by doing other activities featured on our Website, Broward.org/Parks. There are many educational, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and fun programs and activities to choose from this month and throughout the year.

​Red, White, and View

​This Independence Day, the red, white, and blue come with a spectacular view. Vista View Park in Davie is home to a hill that has one of the highest elevations in South Florida, and it’s hosting its annual Red, White, and View fireworks-viewing event. See spectacular sights surrounding you and view several of Broward County’s fireworks shows all from one spot. You can bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, and refreshments for the event, and you’re encouraged to come early and enjoy the park before the event.

The Red, White, and View event will take place on Monday, July 4 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Dependent on weather conditions, Independence Day viewers may be able to see the fireworks displays from Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Sunrise, and possibly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Most of the shows are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Fireworks will not be released from the park.

The park opens at 8 a.m., and the entry fee is good for admission all day; present your receipt for reentry if you leave and want to come back later. Admission before 7:30 p.m. will be the park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free); admission will go to $2/person after 7:30 p.m. The following are prohibited at this event: sparklers, fireworks, grilling, glass containers, hard liquor, horses, and trailers. Contact Vista View Park at 954-357-8898 for more information.


​Independence Day Hours

​Broward County will observe Independence Day on Monday, July 4. All regional parks, nature centers, natural areas, and neighborhood parks will be open (except for Deerfield Island Park and Markham Target Range, which will be closed). On July 4, all applicable Broward County parks will charge the holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person for anyone over the age of 5.

The following parks charge weekend and holiday gate entrance fees: Brian Piccolo, C.B. Smith, Central Broward Regional, Easterlin, Markham, Miramar Pineland, Plantation Heritage, Quiet Waters, Tradewinds, Tree Tops, T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee), Vista View, and West Lake. At Hollywood North Beach, a parking fee is charged instead of the gate entrance fee.

​Summer Pet Care

Enjoy the summertime fun, but don’t forget about your pets.

Two causes of concern come during this time of year: fireworks and heat. Many pets get irritated from the noise of Fourth of July fireworks, and the heat of the sun is something that affects nearly all furry friends. Read on to find out what you can do to help your pet with these issues.

Fourth of July Tips:

  • Leave your pet inside with a trusted person to reduce irritation from fireworks.
  • Consult a vet if your pet is extra sensitive to loud noises; a prescription tranquilizer may help.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a tag with your contact information on it in case it gets lost.
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Summer Heat Tips:

  • Reduce or eliminate the time your pet spends in the car. Car temperatures can rise quickly.
  • Make sure pets stay hydrated and have drinking water and shade if they’ll be outside.
  • Walk dogs at cooler times of the day so the pads of their paws won’t burn.

Remember, well-behaved dogs on six-foot leashes are welcome in our regional and neighborhood parks but not in our nature centers and natural areas. Visit the parks page of our Website to see the list of regional and neighborhood parks. We also have a park created especially for dogs: Barkham at Markham Dog Park.

​Boating in Broward County Parks
​Broward County is home to the “Venice of America.” This area in Greater Fort Lauderdale has more than 300 miles of navigable waterways, so it’s fitting that its nickname references the Italian city of Venice. With so much water nearby, boating is a popular activity.

Whether you would like to rent equipment or want to bring your own, there are many ways you can have fun on the water in Broward County parks.

Boaters Park and Deerfield Island Park are accessible only by boat and provide a secluded setting. Imagine going on a boat ride to one of these parks followed by an afternoon picnic in scenic surroundings. Many of our other parks have aquatic amenities as well, including a personal-watercraft area, boat ramps, and boat docks.

Satisfy your adventurous side by renting a boat and exploring the surrounding area while on the water. Paddleboats, jon boats, canoes, and kayaks are among the types of boats available to rent. If you like to learn new things, consider taking a water-skiing or wakeboarding lesson or a stand-up paddleboarding class.

Summertime fun on the water awaits; what will you do first? Visit the Boating in Broward County parks page of our Website to find out more details about our boating amenities and activities.

​Water Splashes and Splash Bashes

​Have a blast and stay cool at our water parks!

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Enjoy savings at our water parks this summer by purchasing a Find It All season pass! There are several options available. Depending on which option you choose, you will gain unlimited access to two, three, or all four of our water parks. Options suit a variety of budgets and family sizes of up to six people. Individual passes are also sold. Find It All seasonal passes can be purchased online or at the offices of the parks featuring water attractions.

C.B. Smith is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #5, #7, #16, #23, and 95 EXPRESS; Central Broward Regional via Routes #18, #19, #36, #40, #81, and 441 Breeze; Quiet Waters via Route #14; and T.Y. via Route #12.

Superhero Splash Bashes will be held on Fridays, July 8 and 22, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Splash Adventure. Admission is $6/person (plus sales tax), which includes splash time, games, a bounce house, prizes, a movie, and more. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Advance ticket purchase is required.

​Summer Camps for Kids and Teens
  • The Horsemasters Camp (advanced) at Tradewinds Park & Stables- Mon.-Thurs., July 11-14 and 18-21, Aug. 1-4 and 8-11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. - 954-357-8870- for all ages
  • Nature Detectives at Fern Forest Nature Center- Mon.-Fri., Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m.-noon. - 954-357-5198- for ages 8-11

Call the number listed for the camp you’re interested in to learn more information, check availability, and preregister. More details are also available on the summer recreation programs and camps page of our Website.

The Summer Recreation Program is full, but its upcoming talent show will be open to the public. The free Broward Star Time and Talent Showcase will be at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in Lauderhill on Thursday, July 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call the participating parks at 954-357-6867 (Boulevard Gardens), 954-357-7080 (Franklin), 954-357-8801 (Reverend Samuel Delevoe), 954-357-8700 (Roosevelt Gardens), and 954-357-6520 (Sunview).

​Turtle Time

​The turtles of Broward County can be just as magical as the ones from this summer’s blockbusters, although they don’t talk like they do in the movies.

Experience a live and breathtaking turtle phenomenon at the Sea Turtles and Their Babies program at Anne Kolb Nature Center. Event participants will meet at the park for a presentation about sea turtles, then visit a nearby beach to see baby sea turtles released into the ocean.

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The program runs on Wednesdays and Fridays, 8-9:30 p.m., from July 1 through August 31. This program requires advance registration and is known for selling out quickly, but some dates still have spots available. Call 954-357-5161 to check availability and reserve your spot, or make reservations online. The program is for all ages, although those under 18 must attend with an adult. Suggested for ages 6 and older. Parking at the release site is metered.
Anne Kolb Nature Center is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12.

​Night Hikes

​If you want to enjoy nature but can’t stand the summer heat, consider going on a night hike. Each hourlong evening hike is led by an expert naturalist.

The night hikes are for all ages and have a $5/person per hike fee. Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and bring insect repellent, water, and a flashlight. Space is limited. Call to preregister.

Secret Woods Nature Center is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6.

​Follow the Rules of the Pool

Drowning is the number-one killer of children ages 4 and under, and these tragedies most commonly occur in swimming pools.

Follow these water-safety rules around the pool to keep your children safe:

  • Always have adult supervision when kids are in the water.
  • Put up pool barriers such as door locks and alarms, and four-sided fencing.
  • Educate your child with water-safety and swimming lessons.
  • Learn CPR.
SWIM Central, Broward County’s coordinating agency for water-safety instruction and awareness, provides water-safety education through schools and day-care centers in Broward County. Call 954-357-SWIM (7946) or email SWIMCentral@Broward.org to learn more information about SWIM Central’s water-safety programs.

​Cricket Comes to Broward County

Cricket is popular in many places across the globe, and now the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will play cricket in the United States for the first time this July. Six T20 cricket matches will be held at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium. The games will be Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31. Tickets are $23 to $92.50 for a single match, and $43 to $132.50 for one of the weekend double-headers. Tickets can be purchased online.

Central Broward Regional is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #18, #19, #36, #40, #81, and 441 Breeze.

​Parks Foundation of Broward County
​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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​"Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries." - American President Jimmy Carter (1924 - )