January 2017
Recreation. Preservation. Education.

Your New Year's Resolution - At a Broward County Park

January is the most popular month for people to set goals for personal improvement and growth- new year, new you. Popular New Year’s resolutions include increasing physical fitness, spending more time with your family, volunteering more, and learning new skills. All of these things can be done at Broward County parks for little to no cost, adding saving money to the list of things to do at our parks.

Broward County parks have many amenities, activities, programs, and events available for the public to enjoy. Visit the Attractions, Things to Do, and Calendar of Events pages of our Website to learn more about what you can do at our parks.

Also, purchase a park pass for yourself or for your family, which covers the weekend and holiday gate entrance fee and allows unlimited, free access to our parks for a year. Visit our Admission/Annual Passes Web page for more details.


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Old Tree, New Life
The annual Chip-a-Tree program is back this year. Recycle your Christmas tree once you’re done with it, and give it a new life by donating it to one of 13 participating Broward County parks. Donated trees will be chipped and turned into mulch that will be used in our parks. Last year we had more than 5,000 trees donated for this program, and this year we are hoping for even more. Just make sure to remove the decorations from the tree before bringing it in.
The regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will be waived for those recycling their trees. Decorated trees and artificial trees will not be accepted, and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed.
Bring in your tree donations to one of these participating parks by Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Day). Hours vary; call the park of your choice for details.




Holiday Hours

All regional parks, nature centers, natural areas, and neighborhood parks will be open on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, as well as on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16 (except for Deerfield Island Park, which will be closed). The holiday gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

Outdoor Workout

You don’t have to spend money on a gym membership in order to get a good workout. In addition to the walking trails, sports courts, and other athletic amenities, there are three free outdoor gyms at Broward County parks. The Parks and Recreation Division partnered with Memorial Healthcare System and made the three wheelchair-accessible outdoor gyms, called Memorial Fitness Zones, available for the public ages 14 and up. They are located at Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City, T.Y. Park in Hollywood, and Markham Park in Sunrise, which just opened its new one on December 15. The fitness equipment includes machines needed to get a full-body workout, such as chess press machines, lat pulldown machines, and leg press machines. Contact the park of your choice to learn more information, including the schedule for the free monthly workshops where guests can learn how to use the workout machines.


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Fitness Events

Visit our Calendar of Events Web page or contact the park of your choice to learn more about fitness classes available at our parks. We also have many 5K and cycling events at our parks this month, listed below.

  • Sun., Jan. 1, 9 a.m.-noon – Fort Lauderdale Road Runners’ 5K at T.Y. Park – Visit the event Website for more information.
  • Sun., Jan. 8, 8:30 a.m. – Markham 360 Mountain Bike Trail Races at Markham Park – Visit the event Website for more information.
  • Sun., Jan. 15, 6 a.m.-noon – 360 Ultra Marathon at Vista View Park – Visit the event Website for more information.
  • Sun., Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – K9 Cancer Walk at Tradewinds Park – Call the park at 954-357-8870 for more information.
  • Sat., Jan. 28, 7 a.m.-noon – Kids in Distress Hero 5K at Vista View Park – Visit the event Website for more information.
  • Sat., Jan. 28, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. – Color Fun Fest at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium – Visit the event Website for more information.
  • Sat., Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Scleroderma 5K Walk at Tradewinds Park – Call the park at 954-357-8870 for more information.
  • Sun., Jan 29 – Gone Riding Mountain Trail Bike Race at Markham Park – Visit the event Website for more information.
  • Sun., Jan. 29, noon-3 p.m. Marfan Foundation Victory Walk at T.Y. Park – Visit the event Website for more information.

Programs for Kids

In addition to our recurring programs for young children, which can be found on our online Calendar of Events Web page, we have some special programs for kids this January.

  • Tues.-Fri., Jan. 3-6, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Winter Break Horse Camp at Tradewinds Park – Participants will receive a comprehensive education in a variety of horse-related activities and will also ride horses daily, weather permitting. Participants may attend as many of the camps as desired. For ages 9 to 16. Fee: $75/day.
  • Tues.-Fri., Jan. 3-6, 8:30 a.m.-noon or 12:30-4:30 p.m. – Junior Farmers’ Camp at Tradewinds Park – Participants will have time with the park’s barnyard animals and learn basic farming techniques. This camp is in half-day sessions, and participants may attend as many of the camps as desired. For ages 5 to 8. Fee: $40/session.
  • Wed., Jan. 11-Apr. 5, 9 a.m.-noon – Junior Growers Academy at Tradewinds Park – Third through fifth graders will meet on Wednesdays from January through April for this hands-on program that provides a dynamic overview of food production in a farm-to-table capacity. Participants will learn the basics of gardening, starting seeds, garden technology, growing food for home and animal feed, raising fish and growing food in the same system, and apiculture (beekeeping). Online preregistration is required. For ages 8 to 10. Fee: $149 for first child, $99 sibling discount. Fee includes a student garden journal, food grown to take home to the family, class samplings, and more.For more information, call Tradewinds Park at 954-357-8870. Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34, Coconut Creek North, and Coconut Creek South.

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Family Events

There are plenty of attractions to see and activities to do with your family at our parks, including having picnics, going on nature hikes, playing sports, going camping, riding horses, and more. Bring your loved ones to our parks for these events, too; they are particularly family-friendly.


It's Great to Give Back!
Our volunteers are VIPS: “volunteers in parks” and very important people. We are so grateful for the time and effort they have put in to improve our parks and help them operate optimally.
Whether you are looking to volunteer as part of your New Year’s resolutions, if you need service hours for school, or if you want to help out for another reason, we invite you to volunteer at our parks. We have a variety of opportunities for individuals, families, students, and groups.
We have many one-time and ongoing opportunities. We will have a MLK Day of Service at Roosevelt Gardens Park on Saturday, January 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. where volunteers ages 13 and up can help make improvements to the park. We also have several Friends Groups where members are in clubs that volunteer at particular parks. Our EcoAction Days, where volunteers help remove trash and invasive plants from our parks, are especially popular.
Meet new people, gain new skills, and feel great knowing that you’re improving your community. Visit our Volunteer Web page or email ParksVolunteers@Broward.org to find opportunities that interest you.



Chili Cookoff
The popular annual event is back; the 32nd Annual 99.9 KISS Country Chili Cookoff will be at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines on Sunday, January 29. Rain or shine, attendees will get to enjoy a country music concert and find out who the judges think makes the best chili around. Country music acts will include Florida Georgia Line (Dig Your Roots), Lee Brice (I Don't Dance), Joe Nichols (Crickets), Granger Smith (Remington), and Chris Lane (Girl Problems). Concert gates open at 8:30 a.m., and the concert will begin at approximately 10 a.m. Food and refreshments will be for sale.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Sedano's Supermarkets. VIP tickets will also be available for the event. No cans, coolers, bottles, video cameras, flags/flagpoles, weapons, umbrellas, backpacks, or pets allowed. For more information, visit WKIS.com. C.B. Smith is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #5, #7, #16, #23, and 95 EXPRESS PEMBROKE, as well as the Pembroke Pines Gold, Blue East, and Green routes.
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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