2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: 954-357-8801 • Fax: 954-357-8804
BEST NEIGHBORHOOD PARK OF THE YEAR 2017
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Wi-Fi is available in the meeting room.
This 36-acre neighborhood park shares property with a branch of the Broward County Library, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, which opened in 2002, and is located within the Broward Municipal Services District (formerly unincorporated Broward County). The park's 17-acre lake features a dramatic fountain in its center. Programming at the park includes classes, club and association meetings, the After-School Program, and the Summer Recreation Program.
Opened in June 1997, the 4,575-square-foot center includes a large multipurpose room (capacity 125), a small meeting room (capacity 25), the park office, a game room, computers for public use, storage areas, and restrooms.
Through a partnership with Broward Regional Health Planning Council and Health Foundation of South Florida, the park opened this 12-station outdoor exercise facility in June 2017. It is designed for ages 14 and up and is available free of charge during regular park hours.
One medium (capacity 64), and one large (capacity 80). Reservations and prepayment required.
Bike Fix-It Station
Through a generous donation from FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth), the newest resource at the park provides an area for patrons to complete bike repairs with a post for mounting the bike, all the necessary tools, and an air pump for the tires. The station is available for use during regular park hours.
Two full-court facilities (lighted).
Two. Catch-and-release encouraged.
Opened in 2002.
Half-Mile Jogging Trail
Activities and Programs
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. 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.
Public Art and Design
A prominent feature of the recreation center is a project called Pillars of the Community, consisting of commemorative mosaic tiles. In anticipation of the project, the Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park Civic Association solicited the community for nominations of individuals who had made significant contributions to the county's black community since 1911. The association then narrowed the list down to 84 names, which were inscribed by artist Chisseko Kondowe on his hand-made tiles. Those tiles now adorn the pillars of the center as well as the park gates. The goal, according to the artist's statement, was "to capture the tranquility of the environment at Delevoe Park."
In 2009 the park opened a new 2,029-square-foot fitness center. Membership is $20 plus tax for one year from date of purchase and limited to individuals ages 18 and up, and users must register and sign a release and waiver of liability, as well as provide photo identification. The fitness center is open only when youth programming is not in session at the park. Members must bring their own towels to wipe down equipment before and after using. Equipment available includes inner and outer thigh combo station, lateral pulldown with a low row, deluxe bench press with weight storage area, cable crossover with adjustable cables, deluxe incline press, vertical chest press, shoulder press, bicep curl, treadmill with incline, stationary bicycle, and free weights (barbells).
Fitness Center Hours
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For volunteer opportunities at this or other parks visit our Volunteer Web page.
A Little History
The site was first developed in 1952 as a private three-hole golf course. Then, in 1973, the Devcon International Corporation acquired the property and dredged approximately 17 acres of it for bedrock material. After dredging, Devcon agreed to donate the land to Broward County, which was slated to develop a portion of the property as a park. When it opened in 1975, the park was known as River Bend Park, because of its location on a bend in the North Fork of the New River. The park was renamed in 1979 to honor the Reverend Samuel Delevoe, one of Fort Lauderdale's first black police officers, who later became a community activist, politician, businessman, civil rights leader, and street minister. He was fatally shot in 1977 at age 41. November 11, 1979, was proclaimed Sam Delevoe Day by Florida's governor, in conjunction with the renaming of the park by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
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 and avoid the water's edge. 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.