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Broward CountyParksSpecial Populations
Special Populations

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Select virtual and in-person Special Populations events are scheduled at this time.

Broward County eased its hard closure on parks in an effort to help residents stay mentally and physically heathy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents can now access some parks and nature trails operated by Broward County for walking, jogging, biking, hiking, horse trails, and personal boat launching. Individual basketball play is allowed (no multiple players or pickup games permitted). 

Special Populations plans, develops, implements, and evaluates a variety of year-round recreation and leisure programs, special events, and services to meet the interests and needs of children, teens, adults, and seniors with disabilities. Programs are designed to develop, enhance, and/or maintain leisure skills, motor skills, socialization, and overall well-being as well as to promote fun and enjoyment.

Types of Programs/Services Offered
  • Social functions and events to provide opportunities for peer interaction in an appropriate social setting.
  • Sports and athletics to teach or enhance skills and to promote physical activity, friendly competition, fun, and success in individual, duo, and team activities.
  • Leisure education to explore, examine, and discover personal attitudes, interests, and potential opportunities through experiential discussions and initiatives that focus on leisure awareness and resources in order to promote healthy independent recreation and leisure lifestyles.
  • Physical fitness programs to teach and improve general fitness in a group setting.
  • General recreation to provide for the discovery and experience of a variety of activities that promote learning, skill development, creativity, life skills enhancement, and enjoyment.
  • Facilitate inclusion by working directly with potential participants, significant others, and Division staff to provide, as needed, resources, assistance, training, modifications, and/or equipment that will enable persons with disabilities to actively participate in any Division-wide programs and events.
Resources

Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Program Listings​​​


Virtual and In-Person Programs

Preregistration is required for all programs. Click on the program name for a flyer with additional information. To register or for further information call Special Populations at 954-357-8170/8160 or TTY 954-537-2844, or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org.


Bowling - Virtual program. Call for details. 

We are now doing “Virtual Games" in place of the bowling program. Participants are divided into teams and get a chance to compete. The games vary and are both challenging and fun for all involved. Space is limited, so do not wait, and join us for some competitive fun from home. Next session: Wednesdays, September 15, 2021-October 20, 2021, 5-5:40 p.m.


Cross-Round Fitness​​ - In-person program following CDC guidelines. Call for details.

The free program for adults with physical disabilities is in partnership with Supportabilities Foundation. Participants learn self-defense through non-contact boxing and physical fitness through adaptive exercises. Each class will consist of a warmup, introduction to defense techniques, and boxing drills, cardiovascular and agility exercises, and a cool down. Next session: Tuesdays, September 14, 2021-November 2, 2021, 6-7 p.m.


Disc Golf - In-person program following CDC guidelines. Call for details. 

Join us in what has become on the fastest-growing sports! Learn disc golf fundamentals, skills, equipment, field of play, rules, and more. Disc golf is an enjoyable, affordable, and active outdoor recreation or competitive activity that can be played at many of Broward County's parks. This free program is for veterans with or without disabilities. Consistent attendance is required, as each week participants will build on skills learned in the prior week's class. Class size is limited. Call 954-357-8170 or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org to preregister. Next session: Tuesdays, September 28, 2021-October 26, 2021, 9:30-11:30 a.m.


Musical Expressions - In-person program following CDC guidelines. 

Express yourself in a musical way at this fun program. Learn self expression and have fun with peers while playing various percussion instruments. This free program for teens ages 13 to 30 will focus on learning basic instrument, vocal, and rhythm skills. Attendees will also gain confidence and peer cooperation skills. Consistent attendance is required, as each week participants will learn new techniques that will build on skills they learned in the prior week's class. If interested, call to place your name on the waiting list. Next session: September 13, 2021-November 1, 2021, 5-6 p.m.


Nordic Pole Walking​ - In-person program following CDC guidelines. 

Take a healthful walk through Broward County's nature parks. This cardiovascular and strength-based program will introduce participants to a simple, low-impact, and healthful walking activity through some of Broward County's beautiful nature parks. Each walk will be in a different park setting, and consist of a warmup, a cardiovascular walk on a trail accompanied by strength exercises, and cool down. Participants are required to be ambulatory with some upper body mobility in order to use the poles to propel their bodies and use their muscles to walk along the different trails. Some classes may also include an environmental education component. This inclusive introductory program is offered to adults with developmental disabilities. Consistent attendance is required for participants to get the best experience throughout the program. Call 954-357-8170 or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org for location and details. Next session, Thursdays starting September 2, 2021-October 7, 2021 at 6:30-7:30 p.m., and October 28, 2021-December 9, 2021, 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.


Pins-N-Pals​​​ - Virtual program. Call for details. 

We are now doing “Virtual Games" in place of the Pins-N-Pals program. Participants are divided into teams and get a chance to compete. The games vary and are both challenging and fun for all involved. Space is limited, so do not wait, and join us for some competitive fun from home. Next session: Wednesdays, September 15, 2021-October 20,2021, 4-4:40 p.m.


Take the Stage! Dance Program​​​ - In-person program following CDC guidelines. 

From hip-hop to jazz to breakdancing, these sessions offer a variety of dance skills based in diverse forms of contemporary dance and physical fitness. Participants ages 7 to 15 with developmental disabilities will groove to the newest hits of today, as well as some classics from the past. The emphasis is on learning in a fun, active, and noncompetitive setting while focusing on enhancing coordination, rhythm, socialization, self-awareness, self-expression, and self-confidence. Assistance will be provided by experienced volunteer student dancers for St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Each class will include a warmup, dance techniques and steps, work with props, rhythm and coordination activities, a virtual social circle, and a cooldown. Participants will improvise their own moves and work them into a routine that may be performed for family and friends at the end of the program. This is not a drop-in program. Consistent attendance is required as each week participants will build on skills they have learned the prior week. Next Level 1 session (for ages 6-10 with developmental disabilities): September 18, 2021-October 30, 2021, 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Next Level 2 session (for ages 11-15 with developmental disabilities): September 18, 2021-October 30, 2021, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Both sessions are at Plantation Central Park, Room #2. 


Tandem Leisure Ride - In-person program following CDC guidelines. Call for details. 

Our tandem bicycle rides bring together graduates of the skill development class and tandem volunteers for a few hours of riding and socializing through various Broward County parks. Programs are designed for persons ages 18 and up who are blind or visually impaired. Call 954-357-8170 or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org to preregister.Next class: Saturday, October 9, 2021, 9 a.m-1 p.m.


Special Olympics Little Elites - In-person program following CDC guidelines. Call for details.

Let’s get started! The Broward County Parks and Recreation Division’s SpecialPopulations Section and Special Olympics Florida will be collaborating to offer Little ELITES, a developmental sports program for youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities ages 8 to 12. This program will focus on developing sport-specific skills for Athletics (Track & Field), while encouraging peer cooperation and socialization. Consistent attendance is required, as each week participants will learn new techniques that will build on skills they learned in the prior week's class. The event will be held at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium. Next session: TBA


VetFIT! Walking Program - In-person program following CDC guidelines. Call for details. 

Learn to live stronger through the VetFIT! Walking Program, an innovative fitness initiative for veterans of all ages and abilities focusing on promoting health through a simple, yet energizing exercise that will motivate participants toward a healthier and happier life. Each class will consist of a warm-up, a walk on a paved and accessible path, and a cooldown. Consistent attendance is required for the program, as each week will vary from those of the prior week’s class.  Call 954-357-8170 or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org for location and details. Next session: Mondays, September 13, 2021-November 1, 2021, 10:30-11:45 a.m. 


Yoga Group Game Day

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are now doing “Virtual Games" in place of the yoga program. Participants are divided into teams and get a chance to compete. The games vary and are both challenging and fun for all involved. Space is limited, so do not wait, and join us for some competitive fun from home. This program is for adults who are blind or visually impaired. Next session: Wednesdays, September 15, 2021-October 20, 2021, 3-3:40 p.m.


3R's (Recycle Repurpose Reuse) Program - Virtual program. Call for details.

Let your creativity and art skills blossom. Learn about and use different art techniques, media, tools, and supplies while using recycled materials to create your artwork. Have fun, be creative, and gain an awareness of the importance of recycling in our communities and parks. This free program for adults with developmental disabilities focuses on creating new art projects using recycled, repurposed, and reusable materials. Consistent attendance is required, as each week participants will complete unfinished projects, start new projects, and learn new techniques. Next session: Thursdays, September 9, 2021-October 28, 2021, 3:30-4:15 p.m. 



Social Events - TBA

Direct supervision of participants is not provided at any dances or socials.



Free Seasonal Dances for Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Reservations are required. Make your reservations early as space is limited. If reservation is confirmed and you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so others on the waiting list may attend.

Free dances for adults 18 and up with developmental disabilities, will feature deejay music, dancing, socializing, and refreshments. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 954-357-8170/8160 or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org.​​


Free Socials/Dances for Adults Living With Mental Illness

Reservations and required. Make your reservations early as space is limited.

Free dances for adults 18 and up living with mental illness, will feature deejay music, dancing, socializing, and refreshments. Reservations are required. For more information, call 954-357-8170/8160 or NAMI at 954-316-9907. ​

Friday Night Virtual Social - Virtual Social​

This free social/dance for adults living with mental illness ages 18 and up is co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Broward CountyThis exciting virtual event will feature deejay music, socializing, and dancing. This dance will take place on September 24 via Zoom. Reservations ​are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 954-357-8170/8160 or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org. Next social: Friday, September 24, 2021, 7:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

For more information, call 954-357-8170/8160 or NAMI at 954-316-9907.​

Veterans Recreation and Leisure Special Event

Special event introducing the fundamental skills of boccia, disc golf, fishing, and pickleball to engage all in a new recreation and leisure opportunity while socializing with peers. For veterans with and without disabilities and another person 18+. Reservations are required. Next event: December 10, 2021, 4:30-5:45 p.m., 6-7 p.m. at C.B. Smith Park Shelter #20.

For more information, call 954-357-8170/8160. 

 Adult Dance - Fall Frolic (now virtual)

​Social/dance for adults 18+ with developmental disabilities featuring Disc Jockey music, dancing, refreshments, socializing, etc. Reservations are required. Next event: October 9, 2021, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Zoom details will be provided after registration.

For more information, call 954-357-8170/8160. ​​​



Free Socials/Dances for Teens and Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities 

Reservations are required. Make your reservations early as space is limited. If reservation is confirmed and you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so others on the waiting list may attend.

Western Hoedown - Call for reservations

This free social/dance for teens and young adults ages 13 to 25 with developmental disabilities on Friday, November 19, 2021, 7-9 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call 954-357-8170/8160 or email SpecialPopulations@Broward.org​




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