September 2017
Recreation. Preservation. Education.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
― John Muir
Labor Day Holiday Hours
All Broward County regional parks (including water parks and campgrounds), and all nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas will be open on Monday, September 4, Labor Day. Deerfield Island Park, Markham Park Target Range, and the administrative offices of the Parks and Recreation Division will be closed.

‘80s Rock Legends to Electrify the Stage
Get ready to “surrender” to the relentless rock royalty lineup set to ignite South Florida at the Second Annual Rockfest 80’s. This two-day event is coming to C.B. Smith Park on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5. Doors open at noon each day, with performances running through 10:30 p.m. Why talk about this two months in advance? Well, if you don’t get tickets now, you may be out of luck.



A total of 16 bands will grace the Rockfest stage at this fan-favorite event. This year’s lineup includes three Rock & Roll Hall of Famers: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, as well as Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Foghat, Lita Ford, the Outlaws, Little River Band, Steelheart, Jack Russell’s Great White, Quiet Riot, Fort Lauderdale's Mr. Nice Guy Band, and Coral Springs rockers Stellar Revival.

In addition to music, you can get your big hairdo on site by Kaizen Beauty Academy. All proceeds will be given to a local charity. Or maybe you’re dazzled by muscle cars where the wow, the sexy, and pure rock meet. A "DJ Village" of approximately two dozen local deejays will broadcast live, local artists will transform blank canvases into works of art, Merchandising Midway will sell specialty souvenirs, and South Florida bands will compete for four semifinalist slots to battle it out on stage at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on September 9. The winning band will perform as the opening act for next year’s Rockfest 80’s. Several levels of tickets are available and can be purchased online​.

Water You Waiting For?
Enjoy it while you can! There are only a few remaining days left in the current aquatics season at three of the Parks and Recreation Division’s four water parks: Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park​, and Castaway Island​ at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park​.
All four water parks will be open 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day). Then Tropical Splash, Splash Adventure, and Castaway Island will be open the same hours on weekends only for the remainder of September, plus Sunday, October 1. Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park​ will be open weekends through the end of October.
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Grow Together
Multigenerational families are nothing new, and lots of grandparents help out with the grandkids while the parents are at work. Now that school is back in session, what’s a grandpa/grandma supposed to do with the toddlers? We’ve got some activities that are sure to stimulate everyone!
  • Knee-High Naturalist – A program for ages 3 to 5 (accompanied by an adult), in which a naturalist teaches the tots about nature using games, nature walks, hands-on activities, and outside adventures. Themes vary by month. The fee is $5 per child and preregistration is required by calling Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center at 954-357-8797.
  • Nature Tots – Ages 2 to 4 (accompanied by an adult) learn about nature through stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more at this long-running program, which costs $5 per child. Offered once a month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the following locations: Fern Forest Nature Center (954-357-5198), Miramar Pineland (954-357-8776), Secret Woods Nature Center (954-357-8884), and West Lake Park (954-357-5161). There is no November program at Secret Woods and no November and December programs at Fern Forest.

  • Polliwogs – This program is designed for ages 3 to 5 (accompanied by an adult) to discover nature. Program themes change monthly, and feature simple investigations, stories, crafts, games, and an exploratory hike. The outdoor adventure is held at Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area​, so wear play clothes and closed-toe shoes. The fee is $5 per child (with adult). For details call Quiet Waters Park at 954-357-5100.
  • Pony Rides and Educational Farm – What kid doesn’t love a pony? Ages 9 and under can ride one for $3 (plus tax) on Saturdays and Sundays at Tradewinds Park & Stables (954-357-8870), from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The rides are offered at the park’s educational farm complex, which has weekend tours with animal encounters at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., also at $3 per person. Onsite animals include goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, cattle, and a miniature donkey. Call 954-357-8870.
For more ideas, visit this Web page for Activities for Younger Children.
Fern Forest is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #31 and #42; Secret Woods via Route #6; West Lake via Routes #4 and #12; Hillsboro Pineland via Route #19; and Tradewinds via Route #34 and Coconut Creek North and South lines.
Parks = Less Stress
Did you know our parks can help improve your health and lessen stress? According to WebMD©, here are some natural ways to calm anxiety, and most of these you can do at a park for free.
Just coming to one of parks, nature centers, or natural areas can make you feel less stressed or anxious. Getting outside can boost your mood, as well as lower blood pressure, heart rate, and tension, which all rise when you’re feeling on edge.
A 10-minute walk can make you feel better for a few hours. If you want to join a walking club, several of our parks offer them, including T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park​ in Hollywood, which offers incentives to those who sign up in the park’s visitor center.
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Our nature centers and natural areas offer regularly scheduled EcoAction Volunteer Workdays where people can not only help us control the spread of invasive plants in our parks but get their hands in the dirt. Gardening is another natural stress reliever and offers some exercise, too, so if you’re in the mood to let go of the end-of-the-workweek stress, join us on a Saturday for a few hours to improve your mood.
According to Wikipedia, “The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force, and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.” So look on the bright side of life and "double your pleasure" by practicing meditation in a park.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization​ (UNESCO) listed yoga as an intangible cultural heritage in December 2016. This physical form of meditation has been passed down for generations, and practitioners use certain positions to strengthen and stretch muscles, while keeping their breathing slow and steady. Instructor-led yoga is offered to adults at Fern Forest Nature Center every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. The fee is $10 per person per class.
So stress less at a park near you.
T.Y. is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #12, Fern Forest via Routes #31 and #42.
Summer Savings Still Available
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering its Two-for-One Summer Savings Program and we're participating. Save money on four of your favorite places to go - get two-for-one admission passes at Butterfly World​, Tradewinds Park & Stables​ (south side); have two free group photos taken at Everglades Holiday Park; enjoy a farm tour at Tradewinds Park & Stables (north side); and explore the unique ecosystem of West Lake by kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard. The specials are in effect through October 15.
For program details and to get your passes, visit
Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34, plus Coconut Creek North and South lines; West Lake is accessible via Routes #4 and #12.
Sunrise, Sunset
Start and/or end your day in a Broward County nature park in September. The month kicks off with a Nature at Night Hike on Friday, September 1, from 8 to 9 p.m., at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center​ in Davie. The fee is $5/person, with preregistration required the day before the hike. Call 954-357-8797.

The next day, Saturday, September 2, gets going with a Sunrise Paddle at West Lake Park in Hollywood, from 6 to 8 a.m. The program, for ages 13 and up, is for experienced paddlers, and ages 13 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Canoes and single and double kayaks will be available. The fee is $35/person, and preregistration and prepayment are required. Call 954-357-5161.

A few days later – Wednesday, September 6, to be exact – the moon reaches its fullest, which means it’s time for another Moonlight Paddle, also at West Lake​. This program, too, is for experienced paddlers ages 13 and up, and runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Preregistration is required, as is prepayment of the $35/person fee. Call 954-357-5161.
That same night, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Secret Woods Nature Center​ in Dania Beach will have a Night Hike, for all ages. The fee is $5/person, and preregistration is required by calling 954-357-8884. Then, on Friday, September 15, also from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., there will be another Night Hike at Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub in Pompano Beach, at a cost of $3/person. Call 954-357-5100 for the required reservation.

Finally, choose between the seashore and the forest on Friday, September 22. Hollywood North Beach Park​ in Hollywood will hold a Night Hike by the Seashore, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Preregister and prepay ($5/person) for this program by calling 954-357-5161. Meanwhile, up at Fern Forest Nature Center​ in Coconut Creek, the free quarterly An Evening With the Stars program will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m., run by the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association​ (SFAAA). Call 954-357-5198 for more info.

And don’t forget, the SFAAA also operates the Fox Observatory at Markham Park & Target Range (954-357-8868) in Sunrise, where you can stargaze for free any Saturday between dusk and midnight. The park’s regular weekend gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.
West Lake and Hollywood North Beach are accessible via Broward County Transit​ Routes #4 and #12; Secret Woods via Route #6; Fern Forest via Routes #31 and #42; and Markham via Route #23.
It’s Time to Celebrate!
The Miami-Broward Caribbean Carnival comes to Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium​ on Saturday, September 30, Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7 for three distinct celebrations.
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The Junior Carnival is on the first Saturday, starting at noon and ending at 9 p.m. This family festival is a way to foster community pride and civic involvement, as well as to share the cultures of the Caribbean. The kids will dress in colorful carnival costumes and parade around the stadium by age group in competition. There will also be music, special performances, and food available for purchase.
Who will be crowned the king and queen during Fantastic Friday? You’ll have to find out on October 6. Other competitions will include the steel band Panorama and other musical and dance performances. This year’s adult activities start at noon and end at 11 p.m.
The official J’Ouvert (or morning) event starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, and caps off the three days of fun. The carnival ends at 2 p.m.
Tickets are on sale. The park’s regular weekend gate fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect.

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 membership 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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