August 2017
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
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International Cricket Returns to
Central Broward Stadium

The HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) returns to Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium to host T20 cricket matches. The pair of double-headers will be played on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, at the only International Cricket Council-certified cricket stadium in the United States.

 
 
 
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The matches will start at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days. Guyana Amazon Warriors vs. St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots play off in the mornings, and the Jamaica Tallawahs vs. Barbados Tridents play in the afternoon matches. And this just hot off the press: The Tallawahs are now owned by Worldwide Sports Management Group,which has a long-term agreement with Broward County to host and market international cricket at Central Broward Stadium.

 

“We are delighted to welcome Kris Persaud and Worldwide Sports Management Group to the HERO CPL family and look forward to a long and fruitful working relationship with them in both Jamaica and the USA,” says CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe.

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to join in the carnival atmosphere and watch two days of Twenty20 cricket. Tickets are available online at Kyanzoonga or you can attend the "Happy Hour Fete and Ticket Sale" or you can attend the "Happy Hour Fete and Ticket Sale" Friday, July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center. With every ticket you buy, you'll get a free Carib beer. Ticket prices range from $35 to $225 per person.

 

Central Broward is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #18, #19, #36, #40, #81, 441 Breeze, Lauderdale Lakes North/South, and Lauderhill #1, #5, #6, and #7.

 

Through the Eyes of a Tourist

 

You don’t need to wait until family and friends visit to experience some of the great excursions Broward has to offer. Your parks have destinations you won’t find anywhere else, so try something different on your next outing.

 

AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines; 954-441-1333. Practice facility, miniature golf, and batting cages, open Monday-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.

 

Butterfly World at Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek; 954-977-4400. Walk through a garden with thousands of live butterflies, visit an insect museum, have a lorikeet encounter, and see several aviaries. Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission fees and the park’s regular weekend and holiday gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

 
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Educational Farm & Stables at Tradewinds Park & Stables; 954-357-8870. Public farm tours are offered every weekend, weather permitting, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. On the third full weekend of each month, 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. Fees: $3/person plus the park’s regular weekend and holiday gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free).

 
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Everglades Holiday Park, 21940 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale 33332; 954-434-8111. Everglades airboat tours, gator shows, boat ride rentals, home of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, and more. Open daily at 9 a.m. (rain or shine). Tours are 60 minutes long and depart every 20 minutes. Last boat (with gator show before tour) departs at 4:40 p.m. Last boat (without gator show) departs at 5 p.m. Fees apply.

 
 
 

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Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at Carpenter House, 4414 Surf Rd., Hollywood 33019; 954-357-5125. The MEEC is a partnership between Broward County Parks and Nova Southeastern University, to provide marine education, interactive learning, and research focusing on endangered sea turtles. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Suggested $3/person donation.

Fox Observatory at Markham Park & Target Range, 16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise; 954-357-8868. Open Saturday nights from sunset until midnight for public viewings hosted by the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

Ski Rixen USA at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; 954-429-0215. Cable water-skiing and wakeboarding. Open Monday-Sunday, noon-8 p.m., but check Website to confirm as the facility may have a private rental. Admission fees apply and the park’s regular weekend and holiday gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

Learn about other special attractions.

Native vs. Invasive - It's Up to You

We encourage you to choose native plants over invasive plants. Natives create essential wildlife habitat, showcase Florida’s natural heritage, and create a sense of place. Invasives can take over wildlife habitat and choke out native plant regeneration.

 
 
 

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Dog Days of Summer

The term “dog days” has long been associated with the final days of summer – just the time for kids to hit Broward County Parks for a last recreational fling before heading back to school in late August.

 
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Our four water parks – 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 – are open from 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. based on the following schedule: daily through August 20; Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27; Saturday through Monday (Labor Day), September 2-4; and Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of September (October at C.B. Smith only).

For mountain bikers, there are roughly 14 miles of trails (including adaptive trails) at Markham Park & Target Range in Sunrise, ranging from novice to intermediate to expert/pro. Quiet Waters offers 7.1 miles of novice and intermediate trails. Helmets are always required, and only mountain bikes are permitted on the trails, which are for all ages, although riders under the age of 17 must have written consent from a parent/guardian. Membership is required for use of the trails.

And don’t forget our outdoor fitness areas, for ages 14 and up. The Memorial Fitness Zones at Brian Piccolo Sports Park & Velodrome, C.B. Smith Park, Markham Park & Target Range, and T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, and Destination Fitness at Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park.

For more information, visit or call the park of your choice: Brian Piccolo (954-357-5150), C.B. Smith (954-357-5170), Central Broward Regional (954-357-5400), Delevoe (954-357-8801), Markham (954-357-8868), Quiet Waters (954-357-5100), or T.Y. (954-357-8811).

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

The free After-School Program (ASP) and Teen Club (TC) start up at five neighborhood parks on Monday, August 21. The After-School Program offers activities such as homework time, reading, indoor games, outdoor sports, and special events. The Teen Club includes sports, guest speakers, community service, and leadership training. Both programs are supervised. The ASP hours are Monday-Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.; the TC hours are 2:30 to 6 p.m. (except at Sunview, 4 to 9 p.m.) Preregistration is required at the park office of your choice.

     
  • Boulevard Gardens Community Center, 313 N.W. 28th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-6867. For ages 6 to 12 (ASP only).

  • Franklin Park, 2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-7080. For ages 6 to 12 (ASP) and 13 to 17 (TC).

  • Lafayette Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eighth Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-7970. For ages 6 to 12 (ASP) and 13 to 17 (TC).

  • Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-8801. For ages 6 to 12 (ASP) and 13 to 17 (TC).

  • Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-8700. For ages 6 to 12 (ASP) and 13 to 17 (TC).

  • Sunview Park, 1500 S.W. 42nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-357-6520. For ages 13 to 17 (TC only).

Get Involved – Volunteer at a
Broward County Park

The great humanitarian Albert Schweitzer once said: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” At Broward County Parks, we encourage service through volunteerism by way of our VIP Program, which stands for Volunteers Improving Parks.

 
 
 

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It’s a great time for students, in particular, to think about ways to earn student service hours, and the VIP Program offers short-term and long-term opportunities for individuals as well as groups both large and small to share their time and talents with the community. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the park system, and we can work with you to schedule dates and times that are convenient for you. No experience is required – we will provide the necessary training and assistance to accompany any opportunity you choose, along with any special equipment needed.

 

The first step is to find a project that’s in line with your talents and interests and the amount of time you’re willing to commit. Our Website’s volunteer section includes links to lists that provide more information on our current volunteer opportunities. Potential volunteers may download the volunteer application (PDF) and bring the completed forms to the park where you would like to volunteer. If you prefer, you may pick up an application at the park. Those who are volunteering for a special event or a workday should download and fill out the Workday Volunteer application (PDF) prior to arrival at the park. For volunteers under 18, parental signatures are required. You should also bring a photo ID to the park when you sign up to volunteer.

 

For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation Division’s Volunteer Coordinator at 954-357-8153.

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Parks Foundation of Broward County

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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