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August 2013 Highlights
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Ways To Beat the Heat
Find Your Inner Choo-Choo
Dog Days of Summer
Camping Specials Continue
Sociable Teens
House and Garden
Horse Camp Almost Over
Find Fulfillment – Volunteer at a Broward County Park
Ahoy, Matey!
Quote of the Month
Special Attractions
Mission Statement
Your Opinion Counts!
SWIM Central
Broward County Board of County Commissioners

Ways To Beat the Heat

We’re now at the height of summer, and for many, that means enjoying the sun and being more active outside. If you spend significant time outdoors this summer, make sure you drink lots of water to stay safe and healthy while having fun. Water helps keep our bodies healthy by keeping our temperatures normal, protecting our organs, and helping break down the food we eat. Because water makes up so much of our bodies – 75 percent of muscle, 10 percent of fat – you have to make sure you drink water to stay healthy. Our bodies lose water by being active, breathing, and sweating.

When our bodies lose too much water, we get dehydrated. Common signs that someone is dehydrated include extreme thirst, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and/or not sweating. Here are some steps to take if this happens to you or you see someone showing symptoms while being active in the sun:

· Stop the activity immediately.

· Get out of the sun; find a place with shade to rest.

· Slowly sip water or some kind of cool fluid.

· Go get checked out to make sure you are okay.

And here are some tips to help you beat dehydration and enjoy your summer fun:

· Stay hydrated – Drink eight to 10 cups of water or fluid each day.

· Drink before you play – Drink two cups of water or fluid two hours before you plan on being active. Try to sip the liquid slowly.

· Drink while you play – Drink two to four cups of water or fluid each hour while you are being active.

· Drink after you play – Drink three cups of water or fluid for every pound you lose after being active.

This information is brought to you by the Extension Education Section’s Family Nutrition Program. For additional information, call 954-357-5270.

Find Your Inner Choo-Choo

For one segment of the public – model train enthusiasts – trains have never lost their appeal. And you can share in their sense of excitement every month at Tradewinds Park, where a group of hobbyists gathers to experience the thrill of running and riding one-eighth-life-size trains.

The Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad club, which operates the Model Steam Train Rides at Tradewinds, was formed in 1972 as the Southern Division of Florida Live Steamers, whose mission is to educate people about railroading and metalworking. This volunteer group began building a track on the north side of the park in 1987 and completed the 5,800-foot, standard 7.5-gauge track three years later, after many hours of hard labor.

On the third full weekend of each month (August 17 and 18 this month), passengers of all ages can ride the pint-size locomotives. The fare is only $1 per person for all ages, along with the park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free); adults must accompany riders under the age of 10, and pregnant riders are not allowed. The railroad is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting, and on average the trains haul about 1,500 visitors each operating weekend. Club members pay between $10 and $25 per year in dues, depending on membership level. For more information, call Tradewinds at 954-357-8870, visit, or email

Dog Days of Summer

The term “dog days” has long been associated with the final days of summer – just the time for kids to hit Broward County Parks for a last recreational fling before heading back to school in late August.

Our four water parks – Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill, Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, and Castaway Island at T.Y. Park in Hollywood – are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. based on the following schedule: daily through August 18; Thursdays through Sundays from August 22 through September 1; Monday, September 2 (Labor Day); and Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of September (through the end of October at C.B. Smith).

For mountain bikers, there are roughly 10 miles of trails at Markham Park & Target Range in Sunrise, ranging from novice to intermediate to expert/pro. And Quiet Waters offers 7.1 miles of novice and intermediate trails. Helmets are always required, and only mountain bikes are permitted on the trails, which are for all ages, although riders under the age of 17 must have written consent from a parent/guardian.

And don’t forget our skate park. The 35,000-square-foot one at Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome in Cooper City is open daily for in-line skaters, skateboarders, and BMX bikers. The skate park is operating as a mixed-use facility through September 18 on a pilot program to determine future operations. All safety rules will be strictly enforced.

For more information, visit or call the park of your choice: Brian Piccolo (954-357-5150), C.B. Smith (954-357-5170), Central Broward Regional (954-357-5400), Markham (954-357-8868), Quiet Waters (954-357-5100), or T.Y. (954-357-8811).

Camping Specials Continue

If you’re looking for a “staycation” special – a fun, affordable getaway close to home – look no farther than Broward County Parks, where there are camping specials running through August 31 (T.Y. Park), September 30 (Quiet Waters Park), and October 31 (Easterlin Park).

The Family Fun Package, at Easterlin and Quiet Waters, offers a two-night stay (Fridays and Saturdays only) for four campers for $50; two more campers can be added at $3 each per night. The Escape Special, at the same parks, offers a one-night stay (Sundays through Thursdays only) for four campers for $20, and two additional campers can join you for $3 each. The specials at Quiet Waters also include discounts on other fee-based attractions throughout the park.

At T.Y., enjoy the Castaway Getaway, which offers campsites for $30 per site per night seven days a week. Admission for four registered campers to the Castaway Island water park is included.

Contact the park of your choice for additional information: Easterlin, 954-357-5190; Quiet Waters, 954-357-5100; or T.Y., 954-357-8811.

Sociable Teens

The Parks and Recreation Division’s Special Populations Section invites ages 13 to 21 with developmental disabilities to celebrate the end of summer with a Teen Social: Back-to-School Dance. The free event will feature deejay music, dancing, socializing, and refreshments. It’s from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16, in the Grand Ballroom at the Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.

Participants are encouraged to dress in accordance with the theme. Preregistration is required at least seven days before the event. And please note: Direct supervision of participants is not provided. For more information or to preregister, call 954-357-8170 or email

House and Garden

Are you an average homeowner who would like to add to the beauty of your home through landscaping? Then Secret Woods Nature Center in Dania Beach has just the ticket for you: the Summer Home Landscape Series, which consists of eight free lectures. The popular program continues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays this month, ending August 29.

Participants will learn ways to save money on their cooling and water bills, attract wildlife, and preserve native vegetation; they’ll improve the appearance of their yards and neighborhoods as well as increase property values.

Topics and presenters are as follows:

· Aug. 1 – “Tree Trimming and Pruning” (commercial horticulture agent Michael Orfanedes of UF-IFAS/Broward County Extension Education)

· Aug. 8 – “Tomato Gardening in South Florida” (vegetable gardening expert Elaine Farquharson)

· Aug. 15 – “Create a Quiet Getaway” (outreach coordinator Diana Guidry of NatureScape Broward)

· Aug. 22 – “Backyard Beekeeping” (senior biological scientist Aaron J. Mullins of UF-IFAS Department of Entomology and Nematology)

· Aug. 29 – “Fungi in the Garden and Yard” (parks naturalist Scott Bryan of Secret Woods)

For more information, contact the nature center at 954-357-8884. Secret Woods is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6.

Horse Camp Almost Over

Two more sessions remain in this year’s Summer Horse Camp, at Tradewinds Park & Stables in Coconut Creek. The camp is for ages 9 through 16 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in four-day sessions, Mondays through Thursdays, August 5-8 and August 12-15.

Fees must be paid and a release and waiver of liability signed at registration. Children must provide their own lunches and snacks, and long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Participants should also bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a towel. Fees are $300 or $400 per session, depending on the level.

For more information, call the park at 954-357-8870. Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34.

Find Fulfillment – Volunteer at a Broward County Park

The great humanitarian Albert Schweitzer once said: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” At Broward County Parks, we encourage service through volunteerism by way of our VIP Program, which stands for Volunteers Improving Parks.

The VIP Program offers short-term and long-term opportunities for individuals, families, students, and groups both large and small to share their time and talents with the community. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the park system, and we can work with you to schedule dates and times that are convenient for you. No experience is required – we will provide the necessary training and assistance to accompany any opportunity you choose, along with any special equipment needed.

The first step is to find a project that’s in line with your talents and interests and the amount of time you’re willing to commit. Our Website’s volunteer section includes links to lists that provide more information on our current volunteer opportunities. Potential volunteers may download the volunteer application (PDF) and bring the completed forms to the park where you would like to volunteer. If you prefer, you may pick up an application at the park. Those who are volunteering for a special event or a workday should download and fill out the Workday Volunteer application (PDF) prior to your arrival at the park. For volunteers under 18, parental signatures are required. You should also bring a photo I.D. to the park when you sign up to volunteer.

For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation Division’s Volunteer Coordinator at 954-357-8153.

Ahoy, Matey!

Eye patches, peg legs, and hand hooks are optional when Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach concludes its summer Splash Ahoy! series on Friday, August 9. Fun is mandatory, however, thanks to such activities as a bounce house, games, a movie, and splash time in the park’s Splash Adventure water playground. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and costs $6 per person. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. Space is limited, and advance ticket purchase is required by calling the park at 954-357-5100. Quiet Waters is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #14 and #48.

Quote of the Month

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – American inventor Thomas A. Edison  (1847-1931)

Special Attractions

Airboat Rides (Everglades Holiday Park)Batting Cages (AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park) – Bike America (Quiet Waters Park) –  Butterfly World (Tradewinds Park & Stables) – Cable Water-Skiing (Ski Rixen USA at Quiet Waters Park) – Campgrounds (C.B. Smith Park, Easterlin Park, Markham Park & Target Range, Quiet Waters Park, T.Y. Park) – Dog Park (Barkham at Markham Park & Target Range) – Educational Farm (Tradewinds Park & Stables) – Exhibit Halls (Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park, Fern Forest Nature Center, Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, Secret Woods Nature Center) – Golf Facilities (AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park) – Multipurpose Athletic Fields (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, Tradewinds Park & Stables) – Observatory (Markham Park & Target Range) – Riding Stables (Tradewinds Park & Stables, Tree Tops Park) – Skate Park/Track (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome) – Target Range (Markham Park & Target Range) – Tennis Centers (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, C.B. Smith Park) – Velodrome (Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome) – Water Playgrounds/ Waterslides/Swimming (C.B. Smith Park, Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, Quiet Waters Park, T.Y. Park)

Mission Statement

The Parks and Recreation Division is dedicated to providing a countywide park system with diverse facilities and recreation opportunities, along with natural area conservation and research-based educational outreach, to enhance the well-being of residents, businesses, and visitors.

Your Opinion Counts!

We’d like to know what you think about our programs and facilities. Please take a moment to tell us how we’re doing by filling out this survey.

SWIM Central

Broward County Commission's primary resource and referral service for available swim programs in cooperation with various cities and nonprofit organizations. Call 954-357-SWIM (7946).


Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division manages almost 6,500 acres, encompassing nearly 50 regional parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, a skate park, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in county programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event to request an accommodation.

Broward County Board of County Commissioners

Sue Gunzburger
Dale V.C. Holness
Kristin Jacobs
Martin David Kiar
Chip LaMarca
Stacy Ritter
Tim Ryan
Barbara Sharief
Lois Wexler

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