June 2018
Recreation. Preservation. Education.

"Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city."
- Marty Rubin (1930-1994), South Florida author/activist


Make This Summer a Splash

Soak up the fun at Broward County’s four water parks this summer. Starting June 7, the 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 – will be open daily to help you and your family beat the summer heat. For information about scheduling and weather-related updates, visit the Water Parks Web page. Seasonal water passes are available for purchase. C.B. Smith is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #5, #7, #16, #23, and 95 EXPRESS; Central Broward Regional via Routes #18, #19, #36, #40, #81, and 441 Breeze; Quiet Waters via Route #14; and T.Y. via Route #12.
Be Prepared

Hurricane season starts June 1 and lasts until November 30. The best protection is preparation through this storm season. Learn how to keep your home and family safe before, during, and after a hurricane on Saturday, June 2, at the
Fourth Annual Open House Hurricane Preparedness event held at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children are welcome to the free event. There will be bounce houses, fire truck tours, rescue dogs, and prizes. event held at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children are welcome to the free event. There will be bounce houses, fire truck tours, rescue dogs, and prizes.

The Myth Behind June Weddings

June weddings are a longstanding tradition dating back to ancient Rome. Myth has it that June weddings were meant to honor Juno – the Roman goddess of marriage. Not much has changed, since June is one of the most popular months for weddings in Broward County and the country. We offer more than a dozen beautiful locations for you to host your wedding or reception all year long. The indoor/outdoor facilities include pavilions, amphitheaters, meeting rooms, and event halls, which are all available for rent for birthday parties, baby showers, and other special events. Just a word to the wise: October is our second-most-popular wedding month, so reserve your spot today. We also offer a list of registered vendors to help your event run smoothly.
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See Sea Turtles by the Seashore

Learn about the life of sea turtles and maybe see a few hatch as part of the Sea Turtles and Their Babies program at Anne Kolb Nature Center. Program participants will learn about the sea turtle hatchling season and embark on guided nighttime excursions to view sea turtles in their natural habitat. Participants may see a mother turtle laying her eggs on the beach and baby turtles on their journey offshore. The program meets twice a week at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays starting July 6 through September 5. Due to the program’s popularity, it does sell out fast. Preregister online today. The fee is $10. For more information call the nature center at 954-957-5161. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12. There is also metered parking on site.

Summer Camp Time!

From horseback riding to soccer to nature investigations and everything in between, we have summer day camps to keep kids from 5 to 18 engaged and stimulated this summer. Campers can enroll for as little as a half-day or full-day program, all the way up to camps that run for multiple weeks. Details are here. Florida sales tax may apply to fee-based camps; check with the individual program to confirm.
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Honoring a Sports Legend at Brian Piccolo Sports Park & Velodrome

New larger-than-life décor at Brian Piccolo Sports Park & Velodrome clubhouse is here. Patrons can see the display when making reservations for the park’s many athletic facilities. Piccolo graduated from Broward County’s St. Thomas Aquinas High in 1961 as a star running back. He went on to play four seasons with the NFL’s Chicago Bears, before his life and career were cut short due to testicular cancer. He died at the age of 26 on June 16, 1970. The 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song was made in his honor, and in 1989, Broward County opened one of its largest sports parks in honor of his athletic legacy. There are six softball fields, baseball fields, cricket fields, soccer fields, an outdoor fitness zone, and a velodrome – an arena for high-speed biking. For more information or to reserve a field, please visit the Website.


Friday Night Socials

Adults living with mental illness can socialize, dance, and enjoy refreshments at this month’s Friday Night Social on June 22 at Tree Tops Park from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Broward County. Call 954-357-8170 or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org to preregister.


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. Donations are accepted at BrowardParksFoundation.org.


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From 5K runs, guided hikes, and night-time nature strolls, there’s tons to do in Broward County Parks. For more information check out our calendar, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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