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August 2018
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
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“You're off to great places! Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!”
-Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), American author & artist
 

Summer Fun is Almost Done
Summer is coming to an end. Don’t fret, now is the time to enjoy every iota of fun with friends, family, and the children, before the school bells ring. Our four water parks are open daily August 1-14, 18-19, and 25-26, from 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Check out Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill, Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, and Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood for an escape from the heat.
Not looking to get wet, but would rather sweat? We have 14 miles of mountain bike trails for adventurous people of all abilities at Markham Park & Target Range in Sunrise. Farther north, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach has seven miles of mountain bike trails to pump up a sweat. Helmets and membership are required at both locations. Riders under the age of 17 must have written consent from a parent or guardian.
Splash at Splash Adventure water park 
 
Cool After-School Programs
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.
Boulevard Gardens Community Center, 313 N.W. 28th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-6867 Franklin Park, 2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-7080
Lafayette Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eighth Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-7970
Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-8801
Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-8700
Sunview Park, 1500 S.W. 42nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-6520
 
Child Hula Hooping at Neighborhood Park

Volunteer 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.
Broward County Parks volunteers at an event 

 
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.
Jamaica Tallawah Cricket Players 
 
 
Discover Broward
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.
· Butterfly 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.
·Educational 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.
·Everglades 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.
·Fox 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.
·Marine 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.
·Ski 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.
gatorboys.jpgYoung Lady with Baby Goat at Tradewinds Park 
Parks Foundation

The Parks Foundation of Broward County is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2014 in support of 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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