Playgrounds open in broward county

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Have the parks near you reopened? Here’s a city-by-city look.

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Many parks, golf courses and marinas have opened across South Florida — and Gov. Ron DeSantis called it the right move Wednesday to open these destinations to the public.

Many cities are setting their own schedules for when to reopen parks. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties on Wednesday opened their outdoor spaces with social-distancing rules. Most cities followed the counties’ plans while other communities pushed back and decided to go by their own rules.

Here is what some communities are planning:

The gates to Broward’s regional parks swung open Wednesday. But some parks are being used for other purposes so they remained closed for recreation: Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines and Central Broward Park in Lauderhill. Quiet Waters is being used for food distribution while C.B. Smith served as a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site.

“Once those distributions are discontinued we will make plans to open those parks,” said county spokesman Ric Barrick.

Park visitors who don’t follow social-distancing rules may face fines — “depending on what they did,” Mayor Dale Holness said.

The city posted on its website that the walkways at eight parks are now open. Nine other parks remain closed.

The city posted on its website that “select” city-owned parks are now open. “We opened many of our passive parks today and will open the rest as we receive additional signs and material to adequately restrict the use of playgrounds and other equipment,” said City Manager Joseph Napoli. “However, we did not open the basketball or tennis courts in the parks yet. We anticipate doing that next week providing there are no issues with what we have opened so far. We do not have a city owned golf course, however the private golf course in the City did open today.”

The city is following the county’s rules, deciding to reopen parks Wednesday.

Parks will stay closed until further notice.

The city reopened parks Wednesday.

The two city golf courses opened Wednesday. So did parks, although the restrooms will stay locked at city parks even though they’ll be open at county parks.

Beginning Thursday, the city says residents can enjoy the reopened parks for walking or jogging, with restrictions. Patrons will be required to ‘keep moving.' The parks’ parking lots will remain closed to encourage those who live nearby to be the ones using the park. The city marina will reopen for boat owner access only. Guests are prohibited. The Hallandale Beach cemetery will reopen for family visitations.

The town doesn’t have any public parks, but is following county guidelines that allow pools in multi-family developments to go back to business.

“Our big issue has been condo pools, as we have an elderly population that has a need for aquatic therapy,” said City Manager Mac Serda. “In many cases the elder residents are unable to walk for exercise, and the pool provides the only means for physical activity.”

Hollywood says it wants to be sure it’s safe to reopen, and there’s no date yet for its parks and three golf courses to be unlocked.

“Time is on our side [in] staying closed for a handful of days longer,” said Mayor Josh Levy. “Days matter according to our medical director. Another six or seven days time for example gives you that much more time for the virus projectory to evidence itself as going downward, an extra week gives us that.”

City spokeswoman Joann Hussey said parks could open beginning May 6 — “if the data we are monitoring continues with the downward trend. Nothing is set in stone at this point, but May 6 is the day we are aiming for.”

The town never closed its parks for passive use.

A city spokeswoman said the parks will not reopen.

Parks and the city-run golf course will open May 11.

“The reoccurring theme you can hear from all of them is safety first,” said Lauderhill city spokeswoman Leslie Johnson.

The city has reopened some of the parks.

The city opened its parks Wednesday afternoon.

Parks will remain closed until further notice.

City officials said they need more time to make signs explaining the social-distancing rules and “if you can’t social distance, you will need a mask,” said spokesman Mike Sargis. Hampton Pines Park will open Saturday, and the others are expected to be unlocked May 4.

Certain parks will open for passive use Thursday while other parks will stay closed. The parks may be used for walking/jogging, biking and personal boat and kayak launch. All other activities will be prohibited. “Please practice social/physical distancing, wear face masks while in public spaces and help us ‘Keep it Moving’ on our paths,” the city’s website says. The website lists the parks that are opening and those staying closed.

Parkland reopened the parks Wednesday, as well as its golf course. It’s the second round of reopening: Parkland Golf & Country Club was open for two full days before being ordered closed at the end of the day April 21, said city spokesman Todd DeAngelis.

“We opened it on a trial basis then closed it because we wanted to be in sync with the County Administrator,” he said.

Pembroke Pines noticed how neighboring Miramar and Hollywood aren’t opening parks right away. And because of that, Pembroke Pines will stay closed for now, said Mayor Frank Ortis.

“I want to make sure it’s for Pines residents,” Ortis said of the city parks. If the other cities aren’t going to open parks then the crowds will come to Pembroke Pines and “I can’t control it. People will slam into the parks and I can’t have that.”

The city has opened the parks.

The city never closed its parks for passive use.

The town has opened the parks.

Parks reopened Wednesday, and the city’s golf course will open Thursday.

The city has opened the passive parks. However, there are three parks that have not yet reopened: Regional Park, Tequesta Trace Park and Vista Park.

Parks will open Monday. “This is giving us additional time to finalize policies, signage and staff training,” said Leigh Ann Henderson, city manager.

Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County’s mayor, said he made the decision to reopen parks Wednesday with the blessing of a handful of medical experts who were “embedded and part of this entire process” and they were asked “ ‘Are you comfortable with us doing it now?’ They sign off before we put it out.”

Authorities warned there would be “zero tolerance” for violating social-distancing rules, mask requirements or accessing places that have not opened, with fines of up to $500 and charges of a second-degree misdemeanor.

Aventura’s city-run golf course will open Wednesday, but its parks will stay closed until May 4. The city wants “to make sure we have everything right. Only one chance to open correctly,” said Aventura City Manager Ronald J. Wasson.

Miami will not open its parks or golf courses Wednesday, and gave no date for when that would happen.

Sunny Isles Beach said it’s not ready to open.

Palm Beach County opened its regional parks, but will require the public to stick to keeping apart to keep safe from the spread of the new coronavirus. “There will be stiff penalties if people don’t abide by rules,” said Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner. Violators can be arrested and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.

The city has opened the parks.

The city opened its boat ramp Wednesday and city parks will open Friday. The one municipal course opens Monday.

The city has opened the parks.

The city’s 55 parks remained open for walking. Boat ramps at Lake Mangonia and Currie Park are expected to open next week. City tennis and racquetball courts are scheduled to reopen Tuesday.

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Several parks in Broward County, City of Miami reopen Monday

PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - For the first time in months, dozens of South Florida parks will welcome visitors on Monday.

Parks now open extend from the City of Miami to Broward County.

Four parks that have been acting as COVID-19 testing sites in Broward County are now open to the public. These are:

  • C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines
  • Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City
  • Central Broward Park in Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill
  • Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach

The parks have reopened with a number of restrictions to visitors while still operating as testing sites.

Walking, jogging, cycling, volleyball (of up to five people), fishing and grilling are allowed.

Organized sports, large gatherings, playgrounds, splash parks and swimming pools remain prohibited.

“I’m glad that the parks are opening,” said one resident. “I think people really need the parks.”

In Miami, all city parks will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Since May, fewer than 30 Miami parks were open to the public during the pandemic, affecting over 100 parks in the city.

The City of Miami also released a list of restrictions that accompany their reopening.

Walking, jogging, cycling, roller skating, singles tennis and solo racquetball are allowed.

Playgrounds, volleyball, organized sports, training sessions, birthday parties, barbecues and large gatherings remain prohibited.

“I hope the numbers continue to work in our favor,” said Tom Cunningham who was visiting Miami Park.

“Thank God, because it’s like our only escape during quarantine, but I think parks should be open,” said Amber Collins. “It’s necessary. People need to get outside and see nature again.”

C.B. Smith Park and Brian Piccolo Park reopened at 8 a.m.

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Broward County is releasing a list of parks slated to reopen Wednesday as South Florida will begin pulling back on closures installed to combat the novel coronavirus.

The tri-county area — Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties — will all begin to slowly reopen Wednesday. Those restrictions being dropped largely apply to parks, marinas, golf courses and other areas where social distancing remains relatively easy.

Most county parks will reopen but with standard social distancing restrictions still in effect including having access to a face covering. Visitors will not be required to wear that face covering if they are at least six feet apart. If that is not possible, the covering must be worn.

Restrooms and water fountains will have limited access and police and park staffers have authority to shut down portions of a park if visitors are not following those guidelines.

Those with COVID-19 symptoms are asked not to visit these facilities.

The full list of parks being reopened is available on the Broward County website. The list includes Brian Piccolo Park, Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, and dozens of others.

Some parks will remain closed including C.B. Smith Park, Quiet Waters Park and Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium because they are being utilized for COVID-19 testing or food distribution events during the crisis.

Another 14 parks will remain closed due to space concerns including the target range at Markham Park — though the bulk of the park will reopen — as well as Hollywood North Beach Park, Roosevelt Gardens Park and other locations.

The move comes as Miami-Dade County announced last week its plan to reopen parks, marinas and golf courses.

Those two counties — along with Palm Beach — will begin reopening Wednesday. However, all are keeping beaches closed.

Ramira Inguanzo, the President of Miami-Dade City and County Managers Association, reasoned that should one county reopen its beaches, residents of nearby counties could flood those areas and lead to large crowds gathering in violation of social distancing recommendations.

Miami-Dade County Mayor CarlosGiménez added that his county was waiting to see how well individuals would comply with guidance at parks, marinas and golf courses before the county would consider reopening beaches as well.

Basketball courts, batting cages, dog parks, indoor gyms, swimming pools and other areas will remain closed.

Palm Beach follows Miami-Dade in reopening golf courses and marinas, but will also open swimming pools.

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State Parks

Birch State Park 
954-468-2791, Fax: 954-762-3737

Dr. Von D Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park
954-923-2833, Fax: 954-923-2904

Broward County Parks

Boaters Park (Accessible only by boat)
26o 4' 5.45" N 80o 10' 17.76"W
North side of the Dania Cutoff Canal, west of Anglers Ave./Ravenswood Rd., Dania Beach 33312
Facilities: Dockage to accommodate 35-40 boats, grills, picnic shelters, picnic tables, restrooms.

Boulevard Gardens Community Center
313 N.W. 28th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale33311
Facilities: Basketball, grills, picnic shelter,walking path.

Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome
9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City 33024
Facilities: Baseball/softball, basketball, biking/jogging path, concessions, cricket, fishing, football/soccer/kickball, horseshoe pits/rentals, meeting room, multipurpose athletic fields, picnicking, playground, rental shelter, road course, skate park, tennis/racquetball (pro shop), velodrome, volleyball.

C.B. Smith Park
900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines 33028
Facilities: All Golf Center (pro shop), basketball, batting cages, biking/jogging path, Concert Green (5,000 capacity), fishing, Funbrella/sports equipment rentals, meeting cabin, Paradise Cove water park(open seasonally), picnicking, playgrounds, racquetball/tennis (pro shop), RV/primitive group camping, rental shelters, Safety Town, special event area (15,000-25,000capacity), volleyball, water-skiing/wakeboarding.

Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium
3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill 33311
Facilities: Basketball, boat/Funbrella rentals, clock tower, corporate pavilions, field house with VIP and press facilities, cricket/football/soccer, fishing, instructional swimming pool, meeting room,multipurpose event field (5,000-15,000 capacity), nature trail, netball, picnicking, playgrounds, rental shelters, tennis, Tropical Splash water park(open seasonally).

Deerfield Island Park (Accessible only by boat)
26o 19' N 80o 4' 49" W; 1720 Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach 33441
Facilities: Boardwalk, fishing, marina, nature trails, observation platform, picnicking, playground, primitive group camping, rental shelter.

Easterlin Park
1000 N.W. 38th St., Oakland Park 33309
Facilities: Disc golf, half-court basketball, horseshoes, nature trails, picnic shelter, picnicking, playground, RV/tent/primitive group camping, volleyball.

Everglades Holiday Park
21940 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale 33332
Facilities: Airboat rides/alligator show, boat launch (ramps, vehicle/boat trailer parking), boat rentals and docks, camping (future amenity), deli/food concession, environmental education, fishing, general store, gift/souvenir shop.

Fern Forest Nature Center
201 Lyons Rd. South, Coconut Creek 33063
Facilities: Amphitheater, banquet/meeting room,exhibit hall, nature trails, picnicking, rental shelter.

Franklin Park
2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale 33311
Facilities: Building rental, computer lab, covered basketball courts, fitness room, picnic shelters, playground, tether ball, volleyball.

Hollywood North Beach Park
3601 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood 33019
Facilities: Biking/jogging/walking paths, boardwalks, Carpenter House oceanfront historical site (meetings, weddings), concession, Intracoastal fishing, Intracoastal picnic shelters, observation tower, ocean beach/swimming access, picnicking.

Lafayette Hart Park
2851 N.W. Eighth Rd., Fort Lauderdale 33311
Facilities: Basketball, picnic shelters,playground, racquetball, tennis, volleyball.

Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center
3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie 33330
Facilities: Banquet/meeting rooms (w/ catering kitchen, dressing rooms, and AV system), equestrian trails, exhibit hall, guided hikes and nature programs, nature trails, outdoor wedding venue.

Markham Park & Target Range
16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise 33326
Facilities: Biking/jogging path, boat ramps, clubhouse, concessions (open seasonally), dog park, 50-yard/100-yardrifle/pistol target range, fishing, Fox Observatory, model airplane field, model boats, mountain bike trails, nature trails, personal watercraft area, picnicking, playgrounds, racquetball/tennis, RV/tent/primitive group camping, rental shelters,skeet/trap/five-stand sporting clays, volleyball.

Miramar Pineland
3600 S. University Dr., Miramar, FL 33028
Facilities: Interpretive center, nature trails, picnicking, playground, rental shelters, re-created wetland, splash fountain.

Plantation Heritage Park
1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317
Facilities: Biking/jogging path, boat rentals, disc golf, duck pond, gazebo, fishing, fitness trail, fountain, horseshoes, meeting room, nature trails, picnicking, playgrounds, rental shelters, sports equipment rentals, tropical fruit grove.

Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach 33442
Facilities: Basketball, biking/jogging paths, boat/Funbrella/sports equipment rentals, concessions, fishing, horseshoes, marina, mountain bike trails, picnicking, playground, Rent-a-Tent/tepee/primitive group camping, rental shelters, Ski Rixen USA cable water-skiing, Splash Adventure water playground (open seasonally), and volleyball.

Reverend Samuel Delevoe Park
2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale 33311
Facilities: Basketball, building rental, computer lab, fishing, fitness room, horseshoes, picnic shelter, playground, volleyball.

Roosevelt Gardens Park
2841 N.W. 11th St., Fort Lauderdale 33311
Facilities: Basketball, building rental, computer lab, game room, picnic shelters, playgrounds.

Secret Woods Nature Center
2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach 33312
Facilities: Amphitheater, exhibit hall, nature trails, New River Overlook, rental hall.

Snake Warrior's Island Natural Area
3600 S.W. 62nd Ave., Miramar, FL 33023
Facilities: Concrete trail, interpretive signage, benches, picnic tables. 

Sunview Park
1500 S.W. 42nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33317
Facilities: Baseball, basketball, building rental, computer lab, football, horseshoes, picnicking, playgrounds, soccer, softball, volleyball.

Tradewinds Park & Stables
3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek 33073
Facilities: Biking/jogging path, boardwalk, boat launch program, Butterfly World, concessions, cricket/football/soccer, disc golf, educational farm tours/museum/animals, equestrian trails, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida (nonprofit organization), fishing, Holiday Fantasy of Lights (open seasonally), horseback riding/lessons, model steam railroad, nature trails, picnicking, playgrounds, pony rides, shelter rentals, softball, sports equipment rentals, volleyball.

Tree Tops Park
3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie 33328
Facilities: Abiaka/Sam Jones historical exhibit, banquet/meeting room w/ catering kitchen and AV system, biking/jogging path, boat rentals, boardwalk, butterfly garden, equestrian trails/equestrian trailer parking, fishing, horseback riding/pony rides, marsh restoration area, nature trails, observation tower, outdoor wedding venue, picnicking, playgrounds, rental shelters, Safety Town, special event field, tortoise preserve, volleyball.

T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park
3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood 33021
Facilities: Basketball, boat/Funbrella rentals, Castaway Island water playground/kiddie pool/swim lagoon (open seasonally),fishing, gazebo, picnicking, playgrounds, RV/primitive group camping, rental meeting room, rental shelters, Safety Town, sports equipment rentals, tennis, volleyball,walking/jogging/skating path.

Vista View Park
4001 S.W. 142nd Ave., Davie 33330
Facilities: Biking/walking trails, equestrian trails/equestrian trailer parking, fishing, fitness trail, picnic shelters,picnicking, primitive group camping, road course, special event field, universal-access playgrounds.

West Lake Park   Anne Kolb Nature Center
1200 / 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood 33019
Facilities (West Lake): Basketball, biking/jogging paths, boat ramp (no fossil fuels), canoe/kayak marina/rentals/trails, Manatee Play Area (accessible playground w/ splash fountain), nature trails, picnicking, racquetball/tennis, rental shelters, restricted fishing at pier, volleyball.
Facilities (Anne Kolb): Amphitheater,banquet/meeting rooms, biking/jogging paths, EcoRoom, exhibit hall, fishing, Intracoastal boat dock, nature/walking trails, observation tower, picnicking.

City Parks

Coconut Creek
Cooper City
Coral Springs
Dania Beach
Deerfield Beach 
Fort Lauderdale 
Hallandale Beach 
Lauderdale Lakes 
Lighthouse Point 
North Lauderdale 
Oakland Park 
Pembroke Park 
Pembroke Pines 
Pompano Beach 
Southwest Ranches 
West Park 
Wilton Manors 


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