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Markham Park & Target Range
Broward County > Parks > Markham Park
Shelters can be reserved for picnics and parties.
Primitive group camping
Markham tennis courts
Sandy with his model airplane
Markham Campground
Signs near the office

Wi-Fi is available in the campground.  

Shelters

There are eight shelters of various sizes available with capacities ranging from 24 to 80 people. View photos and details of shelters.

Reservations are required and payment must be made when reserved. Reservation rates vary depending on the size of the shelter and whether the shelter is used on a weekday, weekend, or holiday. Please check our reservation fees page for the current rates. A cash cleanup/security deposit is also required on the day of reserved use. For weekends and holidays, the reservation fee does not include the $1.50 per person park admission fee.

Campground

The Campground has 88 full-hookup sites (water, electricity, and sewer). Each site also includes a picnic table and a fire ring or barbecue grill. The campground has two restroom facilities with showers. View campground map (PDF). 

Reservations are highly recommended, especially during the height of the camping season (October - May). Please check our campground fees page for current rates. Reservations are made by contacting the park office by phone. Parks will accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. Check out the other camping areas of Broward County's Parks.

You can now reserve campgrounds online by clicking: Reserve Online

Markham Park also provides an area set aside for youth primitive camping for nonprofit groups. Reservations and arrangements must be made through the park office by calling 954-357-8868 or by e-mail to MarkhamPark@broward.org

The Preserve at Markham is available for adult and youth group primitive camping at $350 per night.

Markham Park Airfield
Markham Trail patrol volunteers
Personl watercraft are allowed on one of the Markham lakes.
Markham Park Special Event Field
Markham Boat Rentals
Markham Target Range

Airfield

The Markham Park airfield offers more than 50 acres of ground space for takeoff and landing of remote-control model planes and helicopters. With the recently extended and renovated runway, this airfield is one of the finest in the country! Numerous events are hosted throughout the year by the various clubs and organizations affiliated with the park. An Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and a Markham Park flying card are required to fly at the field.

Use of the airfield also requires an annual membership.

Clubs and organizations affiliated with the airfield include the Markham Park Pilots Association.

Fly Right Inc. offers radio control pilot instruction at the airfield.  Fees range from $30 for a one-hour individual session to $599 for a five-day pro-pilot course.  For more information about this training, contact Fly Right at 954-816-4410.

Personal Watercraft Lake

This 26-acre lake is open seasonally on weekends and holidays from mid-March through the end of October for motorized personal watercraft. A launching fee of $15 per three-hour session is required, with session times set as follows: noon-3 p.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Disc Golf Course

An 18-hole disc golf course is open to the public free of charge. Disc golfers must provide their own equipment. Course maps and scorecards are available at the park office. Disc Golf Course Map (PDF - 7.63 MB)

Boat Rentals

Please note: Boat rentals have been temporarily suspended at Markham Park. Check back for updates as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Markham Park has kayaks and canoes available for rent during the designated aquatics season (May-September). Rentals are available at the pool office beginning at 10 a.m. Boat rental fees. A security deposit is also required.

Tennis Courts/Racquetball Courts

Four hard-surfaced, unlighted tennis courts are available at no charge during the day. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The park also features four three-wall racquetball courts available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Event Field

Markham Park's 23-acre special event field can host special events, company picnics, and concerts.


Young volunteers helping to restore Markham habitat
Play area
Mountain Bike Trails
Observatory building located near park office
Markham Park Boat Ramp

The special event area is also the site of numerous 5K fundraising events held at various times throughout the year.

Mountain Bike Trails

With roughly 10 miles of trails, the Markham Park Mountain Bike Trails offer bicycle enthusiasts a challenging experience. Trails are available for the novice, intermediate, and the expert/pro rider. Helmets are required, and riders under the age of 17 must have written consent from parent or legal guardian to ride. Only mountain bikes are permitted on the trails. Non-specific mountain bikes, bike trailers, and child seats are not allowed on the trails. Additionally, pets, pedestrians, walkers, hikers, runners, horses, motorized bikes, and ATVs are also prohibited on the trails.

Use of the trails requires an annual membership or daily fee. Visit the Mountain Bike Trail Fees page for more information. The annual membership fee is $25 plus tax; the daily fee is $5 plus tax.  Annual membership passes purchased on or after July 1 will be sold at a prorated cost of $12.50 plus tax. The annual membership pass expires on December 31 of the year that it was purchased.

Bike Trail MapIf you would like to become a mountain bike trail maintenance volunteer, please print the Project Announcement form and bring it to the park with your photo identification. Applications are available at the park or you may print and bring completed application to the park. The Broward County policies may be reviewed online or printed for your convenience. Risk Management requires a copy of the photo ID in order to process the background check form.

Volunteer Application (PDF)   Broward County Policies (PDF)
 
Mountain Bike Trails Markham Park Project Announcement

View Larger Bike Trail Map (PDF).

For your safety: All ages must watch aSafety Warning video at the park office and complete a Waiver of Liability (PDF). Riders under 17 must watch the safety warning video and have a release and waiver of liability signed by a parent/guardian. Riders will be able to complete the process at the park office.

The Markham Park Bike Patrol -a group of dedicated mountain bike trail volunteers - patrols the trails offering guidance and assistance to riders in need.

See first-hand what it is like to ride the various mountain bike trails at Markham Park below:

 Skill Level

 Mountain Bike Trail

 Novice

 Fishing Hole Loop

 Novice - Intermediate

 Lost Ring
Warm-Up Loop

 Intermediate

 Bermuda Triangle
Las Olas
 Pump Track
 Supercross
 Traverse
 Washing Machine

 Intermediate - Advanced

 Armadillo
Crime Scene
Deep Dark Forest
Iguana Ridge
 Outback
 Redback
 Rock Garden

 Advanced

 Area 51
 Twisted Trail
Ted's Twisted Trail

 Intermediate - Advanced - Expert

 Outback Extension
Route 66

 Pro - Expert

 Alligator Alley
Gun Range

Boat Ramps

There are two boat ramps accessible through Markham Park. The south boat ramps offer access to the New River Canal, which runs parallel to State Road 84, while the west boat ramps connect to the L35A canal adjacent to the Everglades.

Barkham at Markham

Barkham at Markham is a 3.5-acre dog park offering separate areas for small and large dogs to run leash free and play on various pet apparatus in the park. There are three pavilions located in the dog park with plenty of benches for dog owners to sit and converse with other dog owners.

The small dog park is designed for dogs up to 25 pounds, while the large dog park is designated for all others. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. For a complete set of dog park rules and regulations, please visit Barkham at Markham.

Use of Barkham requires an annual membership or daily fee. Visit the Dog Park Fees page for more information.

Barkham at Markham is closed each Tuesday morning until 10 a.m. for maintenance. There are also several other day-long closings throughout the year as required for more in-depth maintenance. These closing dates will be posted at the dog park at least one week in advance.

See a "dog's-eye view" of what fun awaits at Barkham at Markham here.

Model Boats
Markham Playground
Fox Observatory Telescope
Model Boats
View of Night Sky

Fox Observatory

If you’ve ever paid more than passing attention to what goes on in the sky after dark, you may be a candidate for membership in the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association (SFAAA). This nonprofit organization has been around since 1965 and is dedicated to, as its Website puts it, “bringing the universe closer to all South Floridians.” The SFAAA makes its home at Markham Park, where every Saturday night at dusk, it opens the park’s Fox Observatory to the public for free stargazing until midnight.

Among the telescopic equipment at the group’s disposal are a pair of 16-inch and 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrains, a Brandon refractor, three Dobson reflectors, and a 12-inch Newtonian. Both Schmidt-Cassegrains are fitted with imagers that offset the effects of light pollution.

If none of this makes much sense to you, don’t worry. The SFAAA’s members are there to help you learn about such gear and how it operates. They often even bring along their own ’scopes, so that on a clear night there may be as many as 15 set up in various spots around the observatory.

The group also has its monthly meetings at the Fox at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month, open to the public, and there are monthly members-only events as well. Regular club dues are $20; student memberships are $10. One membership fee covers the entire family and includes the SFAAA’s monthly newsletter.

Playgrounds

The park's two playgrounds offer a variety of play options for children ages 5 to 12. One uncovered playground is located between Shelters #2 and #3; the other, which is next to Shelter #5 and the tennis courts, is covered.

C. Robert MarkhamA Little History

The initial 542 acres of this park were used as a grazing site until 1965 when the State of Florida Trustees Internal Improvement Fund turned the property over to Broward County. The park opened in 1973, named after the late C. Robert Markham, who was briefly the County's property appraiser until his death in 1966 (his son, William, became property appraiser in 1968). (Photo courtesy of the Broward County Historical Commission)

 

For more information, contact:

Markham Park & Target Range
16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise, FL 33326
Phone: 954-357-8868
Fax: 954-357-8869
Email: MarkhamPark@broward.org 

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