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October 2016
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
​Halloween Fun for Everyone

​When you think about Halloween, costumes and candy probably come to mind, but you may not think of Broward County parks. Now you should! We are hosting several Halloween events, and we’ve covered a few different ways to celebrate.
For the Kids:
Wed., Oct. 5, 9:30-11 a.m. - Not-So-Scary Halloween at Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area - Storytelling, crafts, games, and an exploratory hike will be featured at this event. For ages 3 to 5. Fee: $5/child. Preregistration is required at least 36 hours in advance. Call 954-357-5100 for more information.
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 15 & 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Monsters of Nature at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center - Drop by Long Key's Discovery Room to learn about bats, spiders, toads, snakes, and other creepy creatures. Play nature-themed games, do a craft project, or hear a story. Various activities will occur throughout the day. For ages 3 to 10. Fee: $5/person. Call 954-357-8797 for details.
Fri. & Sat., Oct. 28 & 29, 6-9 p.m. - Trick-or-Treat Through the Trees at Long Key - Play Halloween-themed games and make craft projects, then go on a naturalist-led trick-or-treat adventure in the forest. One trail will feature mildly scary thrills, while the other will offer scare-free fun. For ages 3 to 10. Fee: $5/child. Reservations recommended. Call 954-357-8797 for details.
Active Events:
Fri., Oct. 21, 7-8 p.m. - Things That Go Bump in the Night Hike at Long Key - Participants will go on a naturalist-led outing and learn about the nocturnal animals that call the park home, by way of stories, myths, and legends. For all ages. Fee: $5/person. Call 954-357-8797.
Sun., Oct. 30, 7 a.m.-noon - Spooktacular 5K Road Race at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park - 5K road race through the park. For all ages. Fee: Call for fees. Call 954-357-8811 for details.
Sat., Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Hallo-Green at Anne Kolb Nature Center - An eco-friendly celebration featuring games, arts and crafts, and other environmental-themed activities. Fee: $2/person admission to the exhibit hall. Call 954-357-5161 for additional info.
Fri., Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. - Ghosts & Goblins Family Fun Night at Fern Forest Nature Center - Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween event with crafts, games, a costume parade, and an age-appropriate storytime. For ages 2 to 11. Fee: Free; nominal fees for certain activities. Call 954-357-5198.
Fri., Oct. 28, 6:30-9 p.m. - Trunk-or-Treat Car Costume Contest at Quiet Waters Park - Activities include a bounce house, a candy giveaway, and a Halloween-themed movie, all in the Shelter 10 area. For all ages. Fee: $2 per reserved parking spot. Preregistration and prepayment required. Call 954-357-5100.
Sun., Oct. 30, noon-4 p.m. - Spotlight on Spiders at Secret Woods Nature Center - This free program will be held in the park's Monarch Interpretive Center, where participants will learn "scary" spider facts and observe spiders spinning their webs. For all ages. Call 954-357-8884 for details.

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​Hay, I'd Like S'more Please!

Have you been wanting to go on a hayride but have no idea where to find one in South Florida? Have you been yearning to enjoy a bonfire but don’t want to deal with the logistics of one? Stop your search; those two elusive activities will be combined into one memorable event. The Family Hayride and Campfire Series has all that, plus s’mores!

Find the fun of the Family Hayride and Campfire Series at four of our parks this fall and winter: Easterlin, Tradewinds, T.Y., and Quiet Waters. This budget-friendly event costs only $3.50 plus tax per person and includes one hayride, access to the cozy campfire, plus a bag of the essentials to make a s’more. Preregister by calling or visiting the park of your choice.

Easterlin is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #14, Quiet Waters via Route #14, Tradewinds via Route #34, and T.Y. via Route #12.

​Autumn has already arrived, but the in-season camping fees have yet to arrive. Take advantage of the out-of-season camping rate of $30 per RV or tent camp site per night until the end of October. Starting November 1, the in-season $40 per site per night camping fee will apply.
Go camping at Quiet Waters Park from Friday to Sunday, October 21-23, and take advantage of the Family Bed and Breakfast promotion, which includes a campsite and activities. Friday night will include a hayride, Saturday night will include a movie, and Sunday morning will include a continental breakfast and a guided nature walk. This package costs $80 plus tax per campsite for up to four campers. Up to two additional campers can be added for $5 each. Check-in is Friday at 3 p.m., and check out is Sunday at 1 p.m. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Call Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100 to preregister or find out more details. Quiet Waters is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #14.
Learn about other camping specials available until the end of October as well as more details about camping at our parks by visiting our Website, and don’t forget to read the campground rules, too.
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​Finding Festivals
​This year, New Times Broward/Palm Beach will host its annual New Times Original Beerfest at C.B. Smith Park on Saturday, October 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy unlimited craft beer samples and live music at this energetic, adults-only event. You can find more information, as well as general admission and VIP tickets, online. 

Tradewinds Parks & Stables will host its fifth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event celebrates the autumn season with activities such as hayrides, games, crafts, farm tours and demonstrations, food trucks, and more. Profits from this event will help fund the Retirement Pasture, a retirement home for the park's older animals.

C.B. Smith is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #5, #7, #16, #23, and 95EXP-PEMBROKE; Tradewinds via Route #34.

​Festivals for Dogs
Paradise Cove water park at C.B. Smith Park will remain open on weekends until Sunday, October 30, and the rest of our water parks have closed to the public for the season, except for upcoming dogs-only events.
Bring your playful pooches to the K9 Water Festival and Barktoberfest events to enjoy socializing and splashing with their fellow furry friends.
The K9 Water Festival events will be at Castaway Island water park at T.Y. Park on October 1 and 2 as well as October 15 and 16. The water festivals will have $5, 50-minute sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The dogs must be at least 4 months old, and they can play for a maximum of two sessions per day. Proof of current rabies vaccination and County license tag are required. Give joy to less-fortunate pets, too, by bringing donations of dog and cat food, blankets, toys, and treats for the homeless animals at Broward County shelters.
The Barktoberfest events will be at Splash Adventure water park at Quiet Waters Park on October 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This festival will have activities such as splash time for the dogs, pet adoptions, face painting, a bounce house, and a costume contest. The festival is free, but some activities will cost a nominal fee, such as $5 for 50 minutes of playtime in the water for dogs.
For additional information, call the park of your choice: Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100, or T.Y. at 954-357-8811. The parks’ regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect for these events.

​Cultural Celebrations

Broward County’s population is composed of many diverse customs, some of which can be experienced this October at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium’s upcoming cultural events.

  • Saturday, October 1: Junior Carnival, noon to 10 p.m. This free event is a children’s parade with costumes that celebrates Caribbean culture.
  • Saturday, October 8: Jouvert Carnival, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continue the Caribbean Carnival and Jouvert party at this free event with costumes, music, and a parade.
  • Sunday, October 16 and Sunday, October 30: Haiti Youth Development & Educating Haitian Youth, 2-10 p.m. These events combine Haitian heritage and soccer.

For more information, call Central Broward Regional at 954-357-5400. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #18, #19, #36, #40, #81, and 441 Breeze.

​Ready, Set, Go!
​Work on your fitness and help out a charitable cause at the same time with this month’s running, walking, and cycling events that raise funds to give back to the community.
Sun., Oct. 9, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. - The Bike Tech USA Cyclefest at Markham Park will benefit the Miami Rescue Mission Health Clinic, which provides medical care and support to the homeless community in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Visit http://biketechusa.com to register and for more information.
Sat., Oct. 15, 8-11 a.m. - The Light One’s Path 5K at Vista View Park will benefit the Light One’s Path Foundation, which raises scholarship funds for underprivileged young adults and facilitates medical care to those who can’t afford it. Visit http://www.lightonespath.org to register and find out more information.
Sun., Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m. - The Buddy Walk/5K Run at Markham Park will benefit the Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, which enhances the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and helps them reach their full potential by providing family support, education, and social activities. Visit www.bgcdownsyndrome.org to register and find out more information.
Sat., Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - The Hydrocephalus Walk at Quiet Waters Park will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association, which funds critically needed hydrocephalus research, as well as support and education for all of those living with the challenges of this condition. Visit www.HAwalk.kintera.org/Southflorida to register and find out more information.
Sat., Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - The Rett Syndome Strollathon at Tradewinds Park & Stables will benefit the Rett Syndrome Foundation, which accelerates research to cure Rett syndrome and empowers families with knowledge and connectivity. Visit https://www.strollathon.org/coconutcreek to register and find out more information.
Markham Park is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #23, Quiet Waters via Route #14, and Tradewinds via Route #34.  

​Special Populations Events
​The Parks and Recreation Division’s Special Populations Section plans and implements programs and events year round for children, teens, and adults with disabilities. These events and programs help develop well-being, socialization, and other skills in fun ways.

The month of October brings the Fall Frolic event, a free dance for adults with developmental disabilities. This event, which will include socializing, music, dancing, and refreshments, will be at Tree Tops Park on Friday, October 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. Preregistration is required.

The Special Populations Section also has ongoing activities, including bowling, yoga, and tandem bicycle rides. Visit our Website, call 954-357-8170, or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org to learn more information or to preregister for programs and events.

​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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​"The poetry of the earth is never dead." -English Romantic poet John Keats (1795 -1818)