Our free After-School Program starts back up at
our six neighborhood parks on Wednesday, August 15, from 2 to 6 p.m. The
After-School Program is for children ages 6 to 12 and offers services such as
homework and reading help, indoor games, outdoor sports, and special events
throughout the school year. The program includes a free evening snack and hot
supper on school days, as well as camping trips, computer labs, cultural events,
field trips, guest speakers, STEAM activities, sports development, and more. Preregistration is required at the park
of your choice.
Broward County Parks also offers a Teen Club program
at five of our neighborhood parks. (The program is not available at Boulevard
Gardens.) This program is for ages 13 through 17 and includes
field trips, special events, sports, homework time, and other activities from
2:30 to 6 p.m.Sunview Park’s program is
from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Gardens Community Center, 313 N.W. 28th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale;
954-357-6867 Franklin Park,
2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-7080
Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eighth Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-7970
Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale;
Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-8700
1500 S.W. 42nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-6520
like a VIP
Become a part of Broward County Parks and Recreation's
VIP Program, which stands for Volunteers Improving Parks. We have a variety of
volunteer opportunities available, from dog wranglers and lifeguards to pressure-cleaning and sporting-clays maintenance. No experience is necessary. All you
need to do is apply via our online
application and bring the completed forms to the park that you would like
to volunteer in. Those volunteering for a special event should fill out the Workday Volunteer application and bring
it to the park before the event. Volunteers under 18 will need parental
signatures. Also, please bring a photo ID to the park. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation
Division’s Volunteer Coordinator at 954-357-8153.
World-Class Cricket Back in Broward
It’s cricket season in Broward County. This August, the
HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) returns to Central Broward Regional Park
& Stadium to host T20 cricket matches. Games start on Saturday, August 4,
with Windies vs. Bangladesh at 8 p.m. The rivals will play again on Sunday, August
5, at 8 p.m. The Jamaica Tallawahs, 2016 HERO champions, will play the Guyana Amazon
Warriors at 8 p.m. on Saturday August 18. On Sunday, August 19, the Tallawahs will
play the Trinbago Knight Riders at 6 p.m., and on Wednesday, August 22, the
Tallawahs will play the Barbados Tridents at 6 p.m. Tickets are available
online at windiescricket.com/tickets and tallawahs.com, with prices
ranging from $25 to $600 per person.
Central Broward is accessible via Broward County
Transit via Routes #18, #19, #36, #40, #81, 441 Breeze, Lauderdale Lakes
North/South, and Lauderhill #1, #5, #6, and #7.
Try one, try all. Here are some of our top attractions
to keep the good times rolling.
·AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park offers miniature golf and batting
cages, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. General admission fees apply. C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd.,
Pembroke Pines 33028.
World at Tradewinds Park & Stables is a luscious garden
with thousands of live butterflies, an insect museum, and up-close-and-personal
experiences with lorikeet parrots. Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person applies, as well as a separate admission fee. Admission closes at 4 p.m. daily. Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W.
Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073.
Farm & Stables at Tradewinds Park & Stables offers
public farm tours every weekend at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. On the third full
weekend of each month, additional tours are available at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.,
noon, 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. The cost is $3 per person plus the
park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person.
Children 5 and under are free. Tradewinds
Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073.
Holiday Park is one of our top-rated attractions. Ride
an airboat, watch a gator show, explore the Everglades, and more. It’s open
daily at 9 a.m. (rain or shine). The airboat tours are an hour long and depart
every 20 minutes. The last boat with a gator show before the tour leaves at
4:40 p.m, the last boat without a gator show leaves at 5 p.m. Everglades Holiday Park, 21940
Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale 33332.
Astronomical Observatory at Markham Park & Target Range
shows you the intricacies of the South Florida night sky.The
observatory is open for public viewings on Saturday from sunset until midnight.
The viewings are hosted by the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association.
The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person
will be in effect. Children 5 and under are free. Markham Park & Target Range, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise 33326.
Environmental Education Center at Carpenter House is all about the
sea turtles, made possible with a partnership with Nova Southeastern University. Meet our favorite sea turtle, “Captain,” and learn about marine
education, conservation awareness, hands-on learning, and research on this endangered
species. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carpenter House at Hollywood North Beach Park,
4414 Surf Rd., Hollywood 33019.
Rixen USA at Quiet Waters is a cable water-skiing and wakeboarding
resort. It’s open Monday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. The resort is regularly
booked for private parties, so it is best to call before showing up. The park’s
regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person applies, as
well as a separate admission fee. Quiet
Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, 33442.
For more information, contact your park of choice.