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September 2016
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
​Labor Day Hours
​All Broward County parks and facilities will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, except for Deerfield Island Park and the administrative offices of the Parks and Recreation Division.
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​One, Two, Tree, Four

​Four of our parks are participating in an event, called the Flyaway Planting Party, which will help us plant 1,000 native trees. The trees planted during this event will help birds and butterflies migrate along the Atlantic Flyaway, a bird migration route that goes through South America, the Caribbean, and Florida, up the U.S. Atlantic coast, and into Canada. In addition, free trees will be given away to participants who want to make their surroundings more eco-friendly.
Volunteer at Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, Deerfield Island Park or Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, or at Easterlin Park in Oakland Park, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 10. Wear closed-toe shoes, gloves, and other protective clothing, and also bring sunscreen, insect repellent, drinking water, and a snack. You can call the park of your choice to sign up for this event.

  • Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood 33019; 954-357-5161
  • Deerfield Island Park, 217 N.E. Fifth Ave., Deerfield Beach 33441; 954-357-5100
  • Easterlin Park, 1000 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park 33309; 954-357-5190
  • Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach 33442; 954-357-5100
Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12; Deerfield Island via Route #48 then by boat; Easterlin via Route #14; and Quiet Waters via Route #14.

​Nature at Night

​Visiting our parks during the day isn’t the only way to enjoy them. This month, there are several evening, outdoor programs and events, in addition to our food truck nights.

​Nature Through the Eyes of a Child

​Introduce your little ones to the joys of nature by taking them to our fun, educational programs and events. We have several nature programs for children going on in September.

At Nature Tots events, kids (ages 2-4) and their parents can join a Broward County Parks naturalist from 10-11 a.m. and learn about nature through stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. Preregistration is required. The fee is $5/child.

At the Polliwogs: Walk, Waddle, Wiggle event, preschoolers and their parents can discover more about nature together. Programs feature simple investigations, stories, crafts, games, and an exploratory hike. Preregistration is required.

  • Polliwogs: Walk, Waddle, Wiggle - Wed., September 7, 9:30-11 a.m., $5/child, for children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult - Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area (954-357-8109)

At the Preschool Play ‘n’ Learn event, preschool children can explore the natural world while learning nature-based lessons. This program may include games, hands-on activities, crafts, storytelling, songs, and a nature walk or animal encounter. Preregistration is required.

At the Teddy Bear Picnic event, families are invited to bring their own picnics and teddy bears, and participate in bear-themed activities at the park. Activities include crafts, face painting, storytelling, bear-themed games and information, a teddy bear beauty contest, a Bear Facts Scavenger Hunt, and more.

​5K Fitness
​Physical fitness is essential to your health, and giving back to those in need is an important part of supporting the community. Check both items off your list by participating in a 5K walk/run that donates to a non-profit organization. There are a few 5K events hosted at our parks this September.
On Sunday, September 4 at Vista View Park, the King of the Hill 5K Challenge celebrates its 10th year.  Participants are encouraged to push themselves and run through the hills to reach the finish line in record time. Awards are distributed after. Registration is $30. Pre-race events begin at 5:45 a.m. and the 5K race begins at 7:30 a.m.
On Saturday, September 17 at Markham Park, the Walk for Water 5K walk/run will benefit Islamic Relief USA by raising funds to help eradicate the world’s water crisis. Registration costs $10 and is at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8 a.m. Family-fun activities will follow the 5K.
On Sunday, September 25 at Markham Park, the Optime 5K Run, will raise funds for United Cerebral Palsy that will provide supportive services to advance independence and productivity for people with disabilities. Registration costs range from $20 to $45. Same day registration begins at 6 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m.
Markham is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #23.
close up of running legs at a 5K event

​Special Populations Events
​Our Special Populations section coordinates a variety of events and programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities. These programs and events help enhance motor and social skills while promoting fun in a welcoming environment. Some events and programs are held on-site at our parks, and other events are off-site and coordinated with partners in the local community. See the full list of Special Populations’ programs and events on our Website.

Two Special Population events will be held at our parks this September. Preregistration is required. Call 954-357-8170 to sign up.

The Tandem Leisure Bicycle Ride, for adults who are blind/visually impaired, is from 10 a.m. to noon at Tradewinds Park on Saturday, September 17.

The Friday Night Social, for adults living with mental illness, is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Tree Tops Park on September 30. 

Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34; Tree Tops via Davie Green CB.

​Jamming in the Park

​Take your musical talent to green scenery at the Jamming in the Park event. Bring your instrument to this recurring acoustic jam session at Secret Woods Nature Center and make music with fellow artists, or bring a blanket and sit nearby to listen to a free concert and show your support. This event is held the last Sunday of each month, and September’s event will be on September 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Event participants should be ages 16 and up.


For more information, contact Secret Woods Nature Center at 954-357-8884. Secret Woods is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6.

​Food Truck Feasting and Fun

​Visit one of our participating parks to enjoy a night of picnics and feasts with great company. This free community event with food trucks is a great budget-friendly meeting place for family and friends. The only price you’ll pay depends on what food you want on your plate. What will you eat first? 

Food Truck Nights:

Brian Piccolo Sports Park & Velodrome
9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City 33024
Third Wednesday of the Month, 5-9:30 p.m.

Plantation Heritage Park
1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317
Tuesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach 33442
First & Third Thursdays of the Month, 5-9 p.m.

Tradewinds Park & Stables
3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073
Last Thursday of the Month, 5-9:30 p.m.

For more information, call the park of your choice or visit www.FoodTruckInvasion.com.

Quiet Waters is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #14; Tradewinds via Route #34; Plantation Heritage via Route #30.

​Camping Specials
​Say goodbye to summer and welcome the fall while roasting marshmallows around an open fire and camping in the great outdoors this September. There are three camping specials available to choose from that will give you access to good times at a discounted rate.
Find Your Getaway Special at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood costs $30 plus tax per RV site per night and includes up to four free admissions for registered campers to T.Y.’s water park, Castaway Island, when the water park is open. Additional campers can pay the regular Castaway Island fee. This special is available until September 5. Reservations are required. Call T.Y. Park at 954-357-8811 to register.
The Escape Special at Easterlin Park in Oakland Park and Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach is available on Sundays through Thursdays until October 31 and includes a campsite for up to four people for $25 plus tax per night. Up to two additional campers can be added for $2 plus tax each. Reservations are required. Call Easterlin Park at 954-357-5190 or Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100 to register.
The Family Fun Package at Easterlin Park in Oakland Park and Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach is available on Fridays and Saturdays until October 31 and includes a two-night stay at the campsite for up to four campers for $50 per site plus tax. Up to two additional campers can be added for $3 plus tax each. Reservations are required. Call Easterlin Park at 954-357-5190 or Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100 to register.
Visit our Website to learn more information about the camping specials. Easterlin is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #14; Quiet Waters via Route #14; and T.Y. via Route #12.
close up of a marshmallow on a stick roasting over a fire

​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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​“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." - Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)