May 2017
Recreation. Preservation. Education.

May Is National Water-Safety Month

We’re observing National Water Safety Month this May – and every other month as well. We hope you enjoy our water amenities, and we encourage you to make water safety a priority.

Follow these water-safety tips provided by SWIM Central, the coordinating agency for water-safety instruction and awareness in Broward County. 

• Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.

• Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.

• Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.

• Maintain constant visual contact with children in a pool or pool area.

• Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.

• Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.

• Don’t use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.

SWIM Central maintains the most comprehensive database in Florida for swimming pools and water-safety programs in the County. With so many water-based attractions, water safety is a top concern. Our SWIM Central program – Broward County’s primary resource and referral service for available swim programs – has reached more than half a million children since its inception in 1999. Every summer three of our parks also offer an extensive Learn to Swim program. And we have a dedicated, highly trained lifeguard staff that routinely receives recognition from Ellis & Associates aquatics consultants. Visit the SWIM Central and the Water-Safety Tips Web pages or email to learn more information. 


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Make a Splash

Keep cool at our four aquatics facilities, which will be open Fridays through Sundays in May, 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.: Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park (954-357-5170) in Pembroke Pines; Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium (954-357-5400) in Lauderhill; Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park (954-357-5100) in Deerfield Beach; and Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park (954-357-8811) in Hollywood. The water parks will also be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Sessions will not be in effect at the water parks until Friday, June 9. Details for the water parks’ schedules from June through September (October at Paradise Cove) are available on our water park Web page.
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.

Everybody’s Beeswax

With honeybee populations in North America and parts of Europe sharply declining in recent years, urban beekeeping has grown increasingly popular in major metropolitan areas as one way to counteract the phenomenon now known as “colony collapse disorder.” On April 29 Broward County Parks opened the Tradewinds Micro-Apiary, the second such facility in Florida. The apiary, which provides protective housing for multiple hives, is managed by the Urban Beekeepers and will be used for public education by the Broward Beekeepers Association, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of apiculture. For more information, call Tradewinds Park & Stables in Coconut Creek at 954-357-8870.

Find out more about the importance of bees this month when Secret Woods Nature Center in Dania Beach offers What’s the Buzz? The free program, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, features family-friendly activities and a presentation by Aaron Mullins, a senior biologist with the University of Florida’s Entomology and Nematology Department, who will provide information on bees and their social structure and work habits, as well as their famous by-product, honey. For additional details, call the nature center at 954-357-8884. Secret Woods is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6.

Celebrate the Holidays

Two major holidays this month provide opportunities for a fun outing in a park: Mother’s Day, on Sunday, May 14, and Memorial Day, on Monday, May 29. Weekend and holiday gate fees will be in effect. All Broward County Parks will be open their regularly scheduled hours (except Deerfield Island Park and the Markham Park Target Range, both of which are normally closed on Mondays). Shelters and indoor facilities of all sizes are available to rent. Reservations are required, so call the park of your choice to check availability. All shelters have picnic tables, most have grills, and many also have water, electricity, and restrooms. Amenities at indoor facilities vary. Freestanding picnic tables are also available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout most of our parks. For more information, visit our Website. Enjoy your holiday in the park!

Pooches to Parks

Let your dog enjoy nature and the lovely weather with you. Check out our Dog Parks and Dog-Friendly Parks page to see what parks your canine companion is allowed to visit. Dogs are allowed at most of our parks but not at nature centers, natural areas, or the beach side of Hollywood North Beach Park. Dogs visiting our dog-friendly parks must be on a nonretractable, six-foot leash at all times.

We have also compiled a list of dog parks located in Broward County, and we operate one of them: Barkham at Markham Dog Park. Barkham is specifically for dogs, so the rules are different than for our dog-friendly parks. There are sections for small and large dogs, and dogs can play leash-free within the fenced areas. Other amenities include paths for walking or jogging, shelters, and water fountains for both dogs and people. Dogs and their owners are expected to adhere to Dog Park Rules, and dog park passes are required for Barkham. You can purchase a pass at the park office at a fee of $25 per household for an annual pass or $5 plus tax for a daily pass. Proof of current vaccinations must be provided for each dog. For more information, call the park at 954-357-8868. 
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Camping Specials
We have some summer camping specials that start in May. 
At Easterlin Park, enjoy the Escape Special or the Family Fun Package from Monday, May 1 to Tuesday, October 31. The Escape Special is for camping Sundays through Thursdays for $25 plus tax per night for up to four campers. The Family Fun Package is for camping on Fridays and Saturdays for $50 plus tax per site for up to four campers. Both camping specials have the option to add up to two additional campers at $3 each. Call the park at 954-357-5190 for more information or to book one of these camping specials.
Enjoy the Find Your Getaway Special at T.Y. Park from Monday, May 1 to Monday, September 4. The Find Your Getaway Special is for camping any day of the week for $30 per night plus tax for up to four campers. Up to four additional campers can be added for $4 each per night. The three registered primary campers per party are eligible for free, nontransferable admission to the park's Castaway Island water park when it is open; additional campers pay the regular water-park admission fee. Call the park at 954-357-8811 for more information or to book this camping special.
Ready to Plant
If you’re great at gardening or love landscaping, come to Plantation Heritage Park on the weekend of May 6 and 7 to attend the Broward County Plant Affair. This popular event, co-sponsored by the Plantation Historical Society, takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This plant show and sale will have several specialty vendors. Native plants, bonsai, orchids, cyclamens, bougainvillea, and bromeliads, gardening supplies, and porch and patio items are some of the things you’ll find at this event. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. For more information, call the park at 954-357-5135. Plantation Heritage is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #30.
Check out our other newsletter, Nearby Nature, for more nature-related updates.
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Hello, Hawaii
The Special Populations Section will host a Hawaiian Luau social on Friday, May 19, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Anne Kolb Nature Center. Ages 13 to 25 with developmental disabilities can enjoy this free event which includes socializing, deejay music, dancing, and refreshments. Guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian attire, such as tropical shirts or grass skirts. Reservations are required by contacting Special Populations at 954-357-8170 or by emailing Please note: Direct supervision of participants is not provided at any dances or socials. Anne Kolb is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12.

Give Us Your Feedback

We want to hear from you! Please take a few moments to fill out a Customer Satisfaction Survey about your experiences at our Broward County Parks locations. Whether you want to give us glowing reviews or constructive criticism, your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help us make improvements.

Visit our Customer Satisfaction Survey page to complete a survey for the appropriate location. These same surveys are also available in paper form at each park office. When possible, take the survey on the same day or within a couple of days of your experiences so we can analyze the feedback in a timely manner.

If you have questions or issues that need immediate attention, contact the park office so staff can help improve your experiences promptly.
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Advisory Organizations
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
• Meeting on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 a.m. at Plantation Heritage Park
• 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, May 31 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, May 4 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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