Not only will county parks remain open this Veterans Day (Monday, November 11), the five parks with campgrounds – C.B. Smith Park, Easterlin Park, Markham Park & Target Range, Quiet Waters Park, and T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park – will also offer Salute the Troops specials, applicable for all active-duty and honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces, National Guard, and reserve units. Written documentation will be required to establish eligibility, along with current personal identification. Rates are for up to four campers, with additional per-camper fees in effect (up to six campers total). Pet registration fees also apply.
At Easterlin and Quiet Waters, two specials run from Friday, November 1, through Sunday, December 1. The “Family Fun Package” is good for a two-night stay (Friday and Saturday) for $50 per site. The “Escape Special” is good for one or more nights (Sunday through Thursday) for $20 per site per night. At Quiet Waters, the fee also includes discounts on various other attractions throughout the park. At C.B. Smith, Markham, and T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee), the special runs from Friday, November 8, through Monday, November 11. This special offers veterans 25 percent off their total stay, up to a maximum of four nights.
For additional information, call the park of your choice: C.B. Smith at 954-357-5170, Easterlin at 954-357-5190, Markham at 954-357-8868, Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100, or T.Y. at 954-357-8811.
The following activities are also scheduled at Broward County Parks in connection with Veterans Day:
· Nature Crafts for Families: Cards for Veterans – Sat., Sun., & Mon., Nov. 9, 10, & 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. - Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center (954-357-8797)
· Military Appreciation Hike – Sun., Nov. 10, 10-11 a.m. – Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area (954-357-5100)
· Mayor’s Veterans Barbecue – Sun., Nov. 10, noon-4 p.m. – T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park (954-357-8811)
· Veterans Concert and Sing-Along – Sun., Nov. 10, 3-4 p.m. – Secret Woods Nature Center (954-357-8884)
· Celebrate Our Veterans Guided Nature Walk – Mon., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – Fern Forest Nature Center (954-357-5198)
· Flag Retirement Ceremony – Mon., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – Vista View Park (954-357-8898)
· Military Appreciation Hike – Mon., Nov. 11, 10-11 a.m. – Tall Cypress Natural Area (954-357-5100)
As of October 1 of this year, veterans with service-related disabilities are also granted free admission when the weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) is in effect at most regional parks. Veterans must establish eligibility by calling 954-357-6622 to schedule an appointment at one of the seven Broward County Veterans Service locations to complete an application. The Elderly and Veterans Services Division will contact veterans once eligibility is confirmed, and the eligible veteran can pick up a credit card-style pass at the regional park office of their choice or request that the pass be mailed; passes are good for five years from date of activation – a savings of more than $125 – and may be renewed. (The passes do not provide prepaid parking at Hollywood North Beach Park or admittance into special park amenities or events.)
For further information, call or visit the park of your choice. Remember, all Broward County Parks (with the exception of Deerfield Island Park) will be open their regular operating hours on Veterans Day. The parks’ regular holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect.
Imagine sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows to make s’mores after a hayride through a park on a fall evening. You can do just that this month when the Family Hayride & Campfire Series continues at four parks. There will be events on Fridays at Quiet Waters Park (November 1), T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park (November 8), Plantation Heritage Park (November 15), and Easterlin Park (November 22). The programs run from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $3.50 per person (ages 3 and up), which gets you one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. Preregistration and prepayment are required by visiting or calling the park office of your choice: Easterlin (accessible via Broward County Transit Route #14) at 954-357-5190, Plantation Heritage (Route #30) at 954-357-5135; Quiet Waters (Routes #14 and #48) at 954-357-5100, (Route #34) at 954-357-8870, or T.Y. (Routes #3, #12, and #17).
How much do you know about Jamaica? The culture of this tiny Caribbean island is a rich stew of influences, including elements from Spain and Britain, China and India, and of course West Africa. For the 12th year in a row, you can find out more about the diverse heritage of the country when Markham Park & Target Range hosts the popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, features musical performances, sporting competitions, and much more.
Then, of course, there’s authentic jerk cuisine. “Jerk,” for the uninitiated, refers to a fiery mix of spices and other ingredients that can include allspice, Scotch bonnet peppers, cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, lime juice, and more. The marinade/rub is best known for its use on such familiar items as chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, and lobster but can also extend to such exotica as jerk yams and even jerk ice cream. The event’s Jerk Cook-off will offer cash prizes and cooking demonstrations.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 the day of the event, and are available online (service fees apply) as well as at Jamaican businesses throughout Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. (Ages 10 and under are admitted free.) For more information, call Markham at 954-357-8868 or the event sponsor at 786-361-1103, or visit jerkfestival.com. The park is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #23.
This year leading up to the festival will be the Hot Trot Jerk 5K Run/Walk, starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, also at Markham. Visit the festival Website for details.
Relive the magic of the past at Camelot Days Medieval Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, November 9 and 10 and November 16 and 17, at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park. These back-in-time weekends feature live music, hearty food and drink, entertainment by jesters and jousters, challenging games, exciting rides, and more. Cheer for your favorite side in the Living Chess Game, and shop for handcrafted treasures in the Artists’ Market.
For more information, call the park at 954-357-8811 or the event sponsor at 786-332-0047, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit camelotdays.com. Admission is $15 for ages 13 and up, $3 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and under. The park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect. T.Y. is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #3, #12, and #17.
For the sixth year in a row, Holiday Fantasy of Lights returns to Tradewinds Park & Stables in Coconut Creek under the management of Brandano Displays. The drive-through light extravaganza runs from Friday, November 22 through Saturday, January 4 and is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 per vehicle Mondays and Tuesdays (through December 18), $13 per vehicle Wednesdays through Sundays, and $35 per bus (15+ capacity). For more information, visit holidaylightsdrivethru.com, or email email@example.com.
For 17 of its 20 years, Holiday Fantasy of Lights has featured the Fantasy of Lights 5K Run & Walk. This year it’s on Saturday, November 16, when, starting at 6 p.m., runners and walkers will get a sneak peek at the drive-through light extravaganza, which opens on November 22. The 5K run starts at 6 p.m., and the fitness walk starts at 7 p.m.; the free Kids’ Fun Run, for ages 2 through 12, also starts at 7 p.m. Post-race activities will be offered. Fees are $39 for runners and $25 for walkers.
Preregistration is required and is available at splitsecondtiming.com or through active.com. Run participants will be timed and scored. This event sells out quickly, so early registration is recommended. No pets, skateboards, inline skates, or bicycles are allowed; strollers are permitted. For more information, visit holidaylightsdrivethru.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following events for bicyclists will be offered this month at Broward County Parks:
· Adopt a Bike Ride – Sun., Nov. 3, 8 a.m. – Markham Park & Target Range (954-357-8868; zmotion.org)
· Mountain Bike Trail Maintenance Day – Sat., Nov. 9, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Quiet Waters Park (954-357-5100)
· Bicycle Through the Lights – Sun., Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m. – Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park (954-357-8870; holidaylightsdrivethru.com)
· Ride With the Mayors – Sun., Nov. 17, 7 a.m. – Markham Park & Target Range (954-357-8868; zmotion.org)
If you’ve always wanted to fish but have lacked the confidence to try, the Family Fun Nature Series has just the program for you: “Be a Good Angler!” The hands-on event, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, features information on fish and what they eat, as well as instruction in how to use a fishing rod, tie a hook, and catch and release fish. After the education stations, participants will fish from the park's Intracoastal pier. Bring your own gear or borrow some on site. Preregistration is required, and a $2/person donation to the Friends of Anne Kolb volunteer group is requested. For more information, call Anne Kolb at 954-357-5161.
Registration is also now open for the 16th annual Junior Bass Tournament Trail, which invites ages 12 to 17 to compete for the title of Junior Angler of the Year and win the accompanying prize package. The program, which is similar to pro bass tournaments, includes tournaments once a month for fourth months, on Sunday mornings from “first light” until 1 p.m.: January 19, at Quiet Waters Park; February 23, at Tradewinds Park & Stables; March 23, again at Tradewinds; and April 27, back at Quiet Waters.
Points are awarded (along with trophies) at each tournament, and the angler with the most cumulative points at the end wins. Participants must be accompanied by an adult, and space is limited, so early registration is recommended. The fee is $80 for each participant and covers all four tournaments; there is no fee for the adult in the boat. For more information, contact Bob Newland at 954-357-8816 or RNewland@Broward.org.
The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Friday, November 1. The meeting will take place at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, 3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, FL 33330; 954-357-8797. While the public is invited to attend, participation in the meeting is limited to the advisory board and staff.
“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” – American President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
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)
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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 broward.org/parks.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event.
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