Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness announced that the County would begin the gradual re-opening of parks, waterways and golf courses. Mayor Matt Sparks received news of the County’s just before the announcement was made. Mayor Sparks sprung into action and begin discussions with the City Manager as to the steps that Oakland Park would take.
After many discussions the City of Oakland Park decided to go with a plan they named Phase 1 – Oakland Park parks re-opening – “Keep it Moving”. This plan is designed to open parks for passive use which would allow limited activities such as walking and jogging.
As of this morning selected City parks will open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Permitted activities include walking and jogging, biking and personal boat and kayak launching. Other activities not listed here are prohibited. A comprehensive list is appended to the bottom of this article. The City urges park-goers to practice safe social distancing measures, adhere to one-way directions as posted in the parks, to wear face masks and to “Keep it Moving” while enjoying the parks.
Social Distancing Guidelines for Passive Park Use
The city has issued safe social distancing guidelines for parks that are open for passive use. Those are:
- Park is open for passive use only. All other activities are prohibited.
- Do not enter park if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Follow CDC personal hygiene guidelines and protective measures including face masks and social/physical distancing of six feet.
- Adhere to one-way directional signs and stay on pathways.
- All other amenities remain closed. See below for specifics.
Parks That Are Open, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Parks that allow for safe social distancing will now be open.
The following parks will open:
- Art Park, 1110 NE 34th Ct.
- 39th Street Greenway, 2500 NW 39th St.
- Cherry Creek Park, 1701 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
- J. Dewey Hawkins Landing, 2960 NE 12th Terr.
- Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Hwy. (no dogs permitted during this phase)
- Lakeside Sand Pine Preserve, 2820 NW 27th Ave. (closes 3:00pm, normal hours)
- North Andrews Gardens Volunteer Park, 518 NW 48th Ct.
- North Andrews Gardens Neighborhood Park (path only), 500 NW 56th St.
- Richard E. Giusti Heart Par Cours, 600 NE 38th St.
- Royal Palm Park, 1701 NW 38th St.
- Stunson Nature Trail, 1701 NW 38th St.
- Veterans Park (path only), 3805 NW 21st Ave.
Parks That Are Closed
Some parks will still be closed.
Some parks have limited space and will remain closed because it would be difficult for park-goers to practice safe social distancing. Those parks are:
- Dr. Carter G. Woodson Park, 3490 NE 3rd Ave.
- Greenleaf Park, 1246 NE 37th St.
- Lloyd Estates Park, 3420 NW 5th Ave.
- Oakland Park Bark Park, 971 NW 38th St.
- Stevens Field, 3881 NE 6th Ave.
- Wimberly Athletic Field, 4000 NE 3rd Ave.
Prohibited Amenities Use and Activities
The following are still closed or use is prohibited:
- All organized athletic leagues, games, practices, and tournaments, recreation programs, childcare, events and facility rentals are suspended until further notice.
- Basketball courts, volleyball courts, racquetball courts, bocce ball courts and tennis/pickleball courts.
- Dillon Tennis Center.
- Community centers.
- Oakland Park Bark Park.
- Water Fountains.
- Outdoor fitness equipment areas.
- Playgrounds and play areas.
- Pavilions and picnic shelters.
- Athletic fields.
For more information or questions, visit the City of Oakland Park’s website.