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Find a Bargain – At a Broward County Park

Just because the economy is still sluggish doesn’t mean you have to sit at home and mope. Broward County’s network of 19 regional parks and nature centers, six neighborhood parks, and 21 natural areas offers a wide variety of recreational activities at little or no cost to you. Admission is free on weekdays at all regional parks, and on weekends and holidays the regular gate entry fee is only $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free). Reentry on the same day is permitted free if you present your receipt, and you can even use your receipt from one park to enter another park on the same day (this does not include the parking fee at Hollywood North Beach Park). There is never an admission charge at our neighborhood parks and natural areas.

Once you’re inside a park, many facilities are available for use free on a first-come, first-served basis. Here’s a sampling of what you can do for little or no money:

• Find Fitness – Free use of the basketball courts is available at these parks: Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood.

guys playing disc golf

• Find Focus – You can play disc golf for free at either Easterlin Park in Oakland, Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation, Park or Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. If you don’t already have your own discs, you can purchase them at a minimal cost, and then they’re yours to keep.

• Find Fresh Air – There’s no cost to use the jogging or walking paths at the following parks: Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, Hollywood North Beach in Hollywood, Markham in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage in Plantation, Quiet Waters in Deerfield Beach, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood.

• Find Nature – Experience the natural beauty of South Florida for free along the nature trails of these parks and nature centers: Anne Kolb in Hollywood, Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, Deerfield Island in Deerfield Beach, Easterlin in Oakland Park, Fern Forest in Coconut Creek, Long Key in Davie, Markham in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage in Plantation, Secret Woods in Dania Beach, Tradewinds in Coconut Creek, Tree Tops in Davie, and West Lake in Hollywood. These natural areas are also free and accessible without reservations: Crystal Lake in Pompano Beach, Helene Klein in Coconut Creek, Highlands Scrub in Pompano Beach, Hillsboro Pineland in Coconut Creek, Military Trail in Deerfield Beach, Pine Island Ridge in Davie, Snake Warrior’s Island in Miramar, Tall Cypress in Coral Springs, and Woodmont in Tamarac.

• Find the Heavens Above – On Saturday evenings at dusk, the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association opens the Fox Observatory at Markham Park in Sunrise – and it’s free.

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• Find Agility – The racquetball/handball courts are available for free at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Markham Park in Sunrise, and West Lake Park in Hollywood.

• Find Your Competitive Edge – You can play tennis for free on the courts at these four parks: Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, Markham in Sunrise, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood.

• Find Your Team Spirit – You’ll have to bring your own ball, but you can play volleyball for free at these parks: Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Deerfield Island in Deerfield Beach, Easterlin in Oakland Park, Hollywood North Beach in Hollywood, Markham in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation, Quiet Waters in Deerfield Beach, Tradewinds in Coconut Creek, Tree Tops in Davie, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood.

• Find Companionship – Dogs and their owners are welcome at Barkham at Markham, the dog park at Markham Park in Sunrise, which offers annual memberships as well as daily rates. And remember, you can bring your dog to any Broward County regional park (except the beachside portion of Hollywood North Beach Park) – provided it’s on a leash no more than six feet in length.

• Find Fish – Bring your fishing pole (and a state license if you’re between 16 and 65) and fish at most of our parks that have bodies of water, including Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, Deerfield Island in Deerfield Beach, Hollywood North Beach in Hollywood, Markham in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage in Plantation, Reverend Samuel Delevoe in Fort Lauderdale, Tradewinds in Coconut Creek, Tree Tops in Davie, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood.

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• Find Family Fun – There’s never a charge to use any of the freestanding picnic tables located throughout any of our regional and neighborhood parks, available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Picnic tables in shelters require fees, deposits, and reservations.)

Find It All – At a Broward County Park. For further information, call or visit the park of your choice.


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