HOLIDAY PARK

Fort Lauderdale's "Central Park" is located in northwest corner of the Victoria Park neighborhood -- within walking distance for most of our residents.  At 93 acres, it is the largest of Fort Lauderdale's city parks.  Amenities include baseball diamonds, soccer pitches, football fields, racquetball and handball courts, pickle ball courts, roller hockey rinks, basketball courts and a gymnasium.  The playground offers children a chance to climb around on a real-world locomotive.  (if you'd like to contribute to the playground's  upkeep, you can buy a commemorative brick or dedicate a tree via the Junior League)  There is a walking/jogging trail with fitness stations, and a bicycle/inline skate loop that connects to the neighborhood's bike routes.    Holiday Park is home to the War Memorial Auditorium, Parker Playhouse, Holiday Park Social Center, Holiday Park Activity Center, the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club and the Jimmy Every Tennis Center featuring clay as well as hard courts.  On Friday evenings in the summer, you can enjoy a wide variety of music al fresco at the Starlight Musicals.  Coming soon, a Canine Park.  Fort Lauderdale Police Department's mounted patrol barn is located in Holiday Park, so its common to see officers on horseback in the park as they come and go on their patrols.  We are very fortunate to have this large green space and an abundance of recreational opportunities as our neighborhood's backyard..  

EDSA Renovation Plan of Holiday Park   

VICTORIA PARK

Our namesake park is located at the east end of Broward Boulevard.  It is a quiet community park on the waters' edge.  A recently refurbished seawall with steps allows for easy lauching of kayaks or stand-up paddleboards to explore the Venice of America.  The mature oak canopy provides a lot of shade, as does the gazebo.  It's a great place for a quiet walk, a picnic, or just sit by the canal.   

NOTE: VPCA receives numerous inquiries about using this park for weddings or photo shoots -- with good reason, it's very picturesque.  This is a city park, and all events must be cleared by the Parks & Recreation department.  Given the limited parking opportunities, large wedding parties are not encouraged.     

 

ANNIE BECK PARK 

Named for a Fort Lauderdale pioneer and founder of the city's first library, women's association and garden club, Annie Beck Park fronts the Karen Canal along North Victoria Park Road. This is a peaceful community green space with minimal amenities.  Mature gumbo limbos, royal poincianas, jacarandas and live oaks provide for a quiet, shaded walk along the water, or a stroll "up top" along the street.  This park lays on an ancient coral ridge that was once Florida's primordial coastline.  The coral outcroppings are still visible from the lower side of the park, and the mangroves along the shore give a clue of what coastal Florida used to look like.  There is no parking for motorized vehicles (limited parking is available at Victoria Park, just to the south).    

 

PROGRESS HAMMOCK MEMORIAL GREENWAY

Years ago, VPCA turned an unused right-of-way into a neighborhood "pocket park".  Located at NE 7th Street, just east of Holiday Park, our association has added landscaping and a pedestrian pathway.  VPCA volunteers and association funding continue to maintain the greenspace. This shaded area is home to many memorials to Victoria Park residents who donated a lot of time and effort to improving our neighborhood.  We don't want to forget their generosity of spirit.   Parking opportunities are limited, but it is a convenient way for neighborhood residents to walk or ride their bike to Holiday Park.    

 

OTHER NEARBY CITY PARKS & AMENITIES

George English

  • Boat Access/Ramp
  • Lighted Athletic Fields
  • Recreation Center
  • Playground
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Area
  • Basketball Full Courts
  • Tennis Courts
  • Walking/Jogging Trail
  • Fishing
  • George English Tennis Center

Peter Feldman

  • Bicycle Racks
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Park Benches
  • Picnic Tables

Riverwalk

  • Water frontage
  • Gazebos
  • Lighted walkway
  • Picnic area
  • Restrooms

Colee Hammock

  • Water frontage
  • Fishing
  • Picnic area

Huizenga Plaza

The Beach

  • Boat Ramp – non-motorized
  • Grills
  • Picnic Tables
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Restroomssouth_beach2
  • Basketball Full Court
  • Playground
  • Volleyball Court 

 

Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School

The City of Fort Lauderdale and the Victoria Park Civic Association are working with Broward County Schools to open the playground at Virginia Shuman Young to neighborhood children.  

 

Wilton Manors City Parks

There are other nearby parks in the City of Wilton Manors.   The Colohatchee Boat Ramp & Park on the Middle River is easily accessible on NE 15th Avenue, about a mile north of Victoria Park.  Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve on NE 4th Avenue, just north of Fort Lauderdale High School, offers a launch site for stand-up paddleboards and kayaks.   For more on Wilton Manors Parks

 

 

STATE PARKS

 

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

A short walk from beachside shops and condominiums, this park is an oasis of tropical hammocks-a gift from Hugh Taylor Birch to Florida's posterity. His former estate preserves four distinct natural communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Visitors can rent a canoe and paddle along a mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish from the seawall. Nature lovers can hike along two short trails and learn about local plants and wildlife while bicyclists and skaters glide along the paved park road. Visitors can access the beach via the pedestrian tunnel under A1A. Picnic areas overlook the channel; pavilions with water and electricity are available for rental. A group/youth campground is available to organized groups. The Terramar Visitor Center features displays regarding the area's natural and cultural history. Located on East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, off A1A.

 

John U Lloyd State Park

Perfect for a day at the beach or a family picnic, this park provides an abundance of recreational activities. Surf fishing, canoeing, swimming, nature study, boating, and picnicking will keep the whole family busy. For those interested in South Florida's underwater beauty, Lloyd Beach has one of the easiest and most interesting shore dives in the area. The park has two boat ramps with easy access to the ocean through the Port Everglades Inlet, which will please those who prefer to fish in open water. The mangrove-lined waterway is a scenic place to canoe, observe bird life, and take photographs. Located off A1A in the City of Hollywood.

 

COUNTY PARKS 

Secret Woods Nature Center    

Broward County's first nature center, which opened in September 1978, comprises three vegetative communities found along and influenced by the New River: an inland freshwater cypress/maple wetland, a pond apple/mangrove community along the river, and, farther inland, a laurel oak hammock. The 57-acre site is now designated as an Urban Wilderness Area.  

Parks in Broward County 

 

Dog-Friendly Open Spaces 

Bark Park -- Synder Park

Canine Beach -- Fort Lauderdale Beach

All Saints Episcopal Church - 319 Tarpon Dr, one block south of Las Olas on the New River

Colohatchee Dog Park

Barkham @ Markham Park

Coming Soon .....a Canine Park in Holiday Park! 

 

 

Online Resources 

 

Locate a Fort Lauderdale City Park

Wilton Manors Parks

Parks in Broward County 

Public Art Tour