Lafayette Hart Park

Lafayette Hart Park

2851 N.W. Eighth Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: 954-357-7970 Fax: 954-357-8636 Email:


Neighborhood children playing a ball game Play structure at the park


This park may be small, but it remains a safe and popular haven where neighborhood children and adults can meet, play, and socialize on a daily basis. The site is is located within the Broward Municipal Services District (formerly unincorporated Broward County). The new community center has a central meeting room, kitchen area, computer lab, and office, and is used for programs, meetings, and other special events, and is also available for private rentals on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The computer lab is open free to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Additional park amenities include:

  • one full basketball court
  • sidewalk
  • restroom building
  • picnic shelters
  • playground
  • tennis and racquetball courts

To reserve the small shelter - Reserve Online

To reserve the medium shelter - Reserve Online

The park offers a free After-School Program for ages 6 to 17, as well as a free Summer Recreation Program and youth sports development programs. Lafayette Hart Park features a teen program for students ages 13 to 17 years old. The park also offers senior programs that emphasize healthy living and nutrition. For more information on these programs, visit our Activities and Programs Web page.

We also feature the Walk With Ease program for seniors looking to stay fit. For more information on the Walk With Ease Program, please visit the program Web page.

For volunteer opportunities at this or other parks please visit our Volunteer Web page.

Mr. Lafayette Hart

Nestled within the surrounding neighborhood, this 1.75-acre park was originally known as Washington Park when it first opened in 1974. Leading the efforts to establish a park in the area was one of the leaders of the Washington Park Civic Association, Lafayette Hart. After Hart died in 1989, the community rallied and asked the Broward County Commission to rename the park in his honor. In 1992, the park was rededicated and named Lafayette Hart Park. 

This park may be home to wildlife. If you have questions regarding wildlife or wish additional information, please call the park number above. The following safety tips are recommended for our guests: 1. Be aware of your surroundings. 2. Alligators, snakes, and other animals may live in this area. 3. Do not approach, feed, or taunt alligators, snakes, or other wildlife. 4. Pets, where permitted, must be on a leash no longer than six feet. 5. No swimming or wading except in designated areas. 6. Use common sense while in this park.