March 2017
Recreation. Preservation. Education.

 

 
Florida Bicycle Month

March is
Florida Bicycle Month, which means that Broward County, participating municipalities, and sponsors are bringing more bicycle fitness and educational events to the community this month. Bicyclists of all ages can enjoy a variety of events, including recreational rides, bicycle scavenger hunts, bike rodeos, tandem rides for the visually impaired, and more. Visit our Bicycle Month 2017 Calendar of Events page to see the events available for the public’s enjoyment. Don’t forget to bring your bicycle and helmet. For more ways to bike at a Broward County Park throughout the year, visit our Bicycling page.   
 
 
 
Marine Environmental Education Center

The much-anticipated opening of the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) will take place on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carpenter House at Hollywood North Beach Park. Broward County Parks and Recreation, which manages the park, has collaborated with Nova Southeastern University, which will manage the MEEC through its Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography. The mission of the MEEC is to provide outstanding marine education, interactive learning, and research with a focus on endangered sea turtles. The center is also home to a rehabilitated green sea turtle, Captain, who is unable to live in the wild and now lives in a renovated swimming pool with a state-of-the-art saltwater filtration system.

The MEEC will be open to the public on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and specialized programs will be offered those days at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission will be free, although a $3/person donation for ages 3 and up is suggested to help offset operational costs and to support environmental outreach. Carpenter House at Hollywood North Beach is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12.
 

 
 
Scottish Festival and Highland Games
 
There’s a lot more to Scotland besides Braveheart and bagpipes. Come to the 34th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games to enjoy Celtic tradition and Scottish culture on Saturday, March 4 at Plantation Heritage Park, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will include live entertainment, a bagpipe competition, traditional dancing, sheepdog demonstrations, heavy athletics, children’s activities, and more. Scottish food, drink, and merchandise will also be available.
 
Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 14, and free for children under 6. Adult tickets will cost $25/person on the day of the event. For more information, call 954-460-5000 or visit SASSF.org. Plantation Heritage is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #30.
 
 
All About H2O
 
Water is an essential part of our lives and there are two big events this month that celebrate that. The 40th Annual Waterway Cleanup and Water Matters Day.
 
The 40th Annual Waterway Cleanup will promote environmental awareness and responsibility while bringing together volunteers of all ages to collect and remove trash and debris from our waterways, canals, and shorelines on land and by boat. The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, along with civil, public, and private partners, collaborate on this event. The cleanup will be on Saturday March 4, at more than 30 participating sites, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A volunteer appreciation event will follow the cleanup. The participating sites include six of our parks: Anne Kolb Nature Center, Deerfield Island Park, Markham Park & Target Range, Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park, Secret Woods Nature Center, and Tradewinds Park & Stables.
 
Volunteers should wear clothes and shoes they don’t mind getting dirty and bring their completed waterway cleanup waiver with them on the day of the event. Gloves, hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and drinking water are also recommended. For more information, call MIASF at 954-524-2733, email Info@MIASF.org, or visit WaterwayCleanup.org.
 
The 15th Annual Water Matters Day on Saturday, March 11 will educate attendees about water conservation and using water as a resource in a variety of ways. This free, family-friendly event is for all ages. Everyone, including homeowners, business owners, property managers, and children, can use what they learn at this event to make a positive impact. The water conservation tips, ecofriendly ideas, educational displays, children’s activities, and food trucks at this event be available at Tree Tops Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 954-519-1270 or visit Broward.org/WaterMatters.
 
Renaissance Time
 
The Florida Renaissance Festival continues at Quiet Waters Park on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to sunset, until Sunday, March 26. The festival brings Renaissance-themed performances, food, and artisans for the event attendees’ enjoyment, and each weekend has a different theme to make the festival even more special. The festival themes in March will be “Bodacious Bodies” (wenches), “Taste of the Festival” (food and drink), “Kilts and Colleens” (Celtic), and “Viking Barbarian” (Vikings). Admission is $21 for ages 12 and up, $9 for ages 6 to 11, and free for ages 5 and under. Group rates are also available. The park’s regular weekend gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect. For additional information, call Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100 or the festival at 954-776-1642, or visit Ren-Fest.com. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #14.
 


 
Rehabilitation and Recreation
 
On Saturday, March 25, the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute will host the Third Annual Adaptive Sports and Recreation Expo at Markham Park & Target Range from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free expo showcases a variety of adapted sports and activities beneficial for people who are coping with conditions such as strokes, spinal cord injuries, lost use of limbs, and brain injuries. Activities will include wheelchair basketball, adaptive soccer, hand cycling, adaptive scuba diving, and more. The expo is free and for all ages. Some activities require online preregistration. Visit MHS.net/Calendar/Rehab/Adaptive-Sports-Expo for more information or to preregister. Markham is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #23.
 
 
Volunteer Clubs: Friends Groups
 
Want to meet new friends and make a difference at the same time? Join one of our Friends Groups!
We have several volunteer organizations at our parks that meet regularly, make a plan, and take action to improve the quality and success of our parks. Activities include attending club meetings, discussing goals, protecting and preserving the environment, increasing public awareness of the park, fundraising, assisting with special projects, and volunteering in other ways to help improve our parks.
 
Join one of our Friends Groups or other volunteer organizations.
• Fern Allies
• Tradewinds Farm Hands
• Florida Master Gardeners of Broward County
 
There is also a new Friends Group at T.Y Park forming, called the Friends of T.Y. Park. If you’re interested in volunteering in Hollywood and want to learn more, call park management at 954-357-8816 (Debbie) or 954-357-8731 (Margie).
 
For more information about our Friends Groups, visit Broward.org/Parks/GetInvolved/Pages/FriendsGroups.aspx
 


 
Advisory Organizations
 
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
• Meeting on Thursday, March 2 at 6 p.m. at Plantation Heritage Park
• Parks Public Participation Forum at 7 p.m.
• Meetings open to the public
 
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board provides an ongoing process allowing public access to the planning, development, management, and programming of the County parks and recreation system and serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners on matters relating to the Parks and Recreation Division.
 
Urban Wilderness Advisory Board
• Meeting on Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium
• Meetings open to the public
 
The Urban Wilderness Advisory Board is dedicated to establishing urban wilderness areas in the Broward County park system and enhancing their basic natural quality for public enjoyment and utilization as reminders of the natural conditions that preceded modern civilization.
 
Marine Advisory Committee
• Meeting on Thursday, March 2 at 2 p.m. at Secret Woods Nature Center
• Meetings open to the public
 
The Marine Advisory Committee is dedicated to maintaining a safe and enjoyable recreational boating environment in Broward County and providing the Broward County Board of County Commissioners with the best possible information, recommendations, and advice relating to all marine- and recreational boating-related matters in Broward County.
 
 
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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