With 272 acres of green rolling hills and meadows, Vista View offers a wide range of activities. Our eight shelters offer plenty of room for family picnicking. Other amenities include two playgrounds, basketball courts, an equestrian corral, an airstrip for electric radio-controlled planes and glider pilots, fishing docks, and an area for primitive group camping.
In addition, outdoor enthusiasts have been attracted to the park for its athletic challenges. The hills and fitness trail have become a training ground for many sporting activities.
Large group gatherings of 250 or more persons require prior Park approval and issuance of a Park Permit to address such items as reserving space for the group, traffic control, trash removal/cleanup deposit, etc.
Picnic Shelters: Eight shelters, complete with picnic tables, grills, and electrical outlets. Reservations are required and payment must be made at the time of reservation. Check appropriate link to see a layout of each shelter. Small shelters accommodate 20 to 40; medium shelters accommodate 41 to 60; and large shelters accommodate 90.
• Shelter #1 (Small)
• Shelter #2 (Small)
• Shelter #3 (Medium)
• Shelter #4 (Large)
• Shelter #5 (Small)
• Shelter #6 (Medium)
• Shelter #7 (Small)
• Shelter #8 (Large)
Other freestanding picnic areas without shelters are available free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Playgrounds: Two playgrounds, both covered with shade canopies, offer many types of play apparatus. The larger playground is a Universal Access playground that can be used by all different levels of ability. The playground, named Caitlyn’s Corral, is in memory of Caitlyn Munson.
Paved Pathways: Enjoy walking, running, inline skating, or recreational cycling on the paved pathways. Pets are welcome, but must be on a leash no longer than six feet.
Fitness Trail: A half-mile loop trail offers several fitness stations, including a balance station, lower body warm-up, bench stepper, torso stability station, upper body warm-up, standing push-up, forearm rolls, upper body strengthening station, and lower body stretching station.
Horse Trail: A 2.1-mile horse trail loops around the park, which connects to the trails that have been established throughout the Town of Davie. Please view the rules - Horse Trail Do's and Don'ts.
Airfield/Paragliding: The airfield is home to the Vista View Flyers electric-powered plane club. All users must be registered with the park and hold a current AMA card, which must be posted while flying. Vista View Park is also home to the ParaGator Paragliding club. All users must be registered with the park and carry insurance. For more details, contact the park office at 954-357-8898.
Special Events: The park’s hills make it the perfect place for cycling or running events that may not be suitable elsewhere in South Florida. The flat areas are a great place to hold concerts, festivals, etc. For information about holding an event at Vista View, call the park manager at 954-357-8898.
Primitive Group Camping: Available for nonprofit groups. All organizations must apply for and be issued a Specific Use Permit one week prior to the date of use. A fee will be charged per day/night - $1.50 per child (ages 17 and under) and $2.50 per adult. Youth-to-adult ratio must be no more than 10 youngsters to two adults, and overnight security may be required. Only tent camping is permitted.
Fishing: Permitted along the shoreline and from the fishing piers. Catch-and-release is encouraged. A State of Florida fishing license is required (ages 16 and up) and all state and federal fishing regulations apply.
Volunteers: The park offers many opportunities to volunteer. Please view our volunteer page for more information. We also welcome aspiring Eagle Scouts to approach us with their project ideas. Contact the park's Volunteer Site Coordinator at 954-357-8898 to learn more.
A Little History: By the time Vista View Park opened to the public on July 12, 2003, the site had already served as the county's landfill in Davie for more than two decades (1964-1987), culminating in a cleanup overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that led to the site's removal from the agency's National Priorities List in 2006. (The EPA continues to monitor the site to ensure that it remains safe for public access.) The final transformation into a park was made possible with initial funding from the Broward County Office of Integrated Waste Management, supplemented by money from the 2000 Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond Referendum.
In 2002, approximately 60 additional acres were acquired with $12.8 million, half of which came from a Florida Communities Trust grant and the other half from the 2000 bond program. The park then embarked on a nearly $7.2 million expansion, bringing the site to its current size of approximately 271.5 acres.
Prior to the park's construction, natural communities were largely absent because of the site's history as cattle pasture and landfill. During the design phase, pockets of three re-created natural communities were incorporated into the plans. These habitats - dry prairie, mesic flatwoods, and hammock - were created by landscaping with some of the plants native to the communities, and as they grow and mature, it is anticipated that some of the animals naturally found in these respective communities will once again make Vista View their home.