In the more than two decades since it opened in 1989, this 175.2-acre park has established itself as one of Broward County Parks’ primary centers for athletic activity. This is only fitting for a park named after one of the top athletes in South Florida history. Perhaps surprisingly for such a busy park, it is also a site on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
Playground is located behind baseball field #7.
Four lighted softball fields, four lighted multipurpose fields (two for Little League), three lighted soccer/football fields, two cricket fields, and one unlighted practice field. All fields are available by reservation, fee, and submittal of a Certificate of Insurance. Adult softball and flag football leagues are offered year round. For more information, call 954-357-5150.
Two lighted courts. Available for free play.
A picnic/softball complex loop (one and a quarter miles); a soccer complex loop (one mile); and a gatehouse/lake/Palm Avenue loop (two miles).
Family Night With Food Trucks
Every third Wednesday of the month, food trucks will be selling a variety of cuisines that could include vegetarian and novelty options. This family-friendly event runs from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For details, visit Food Truck Invasion.
Large group gatherings of 250 or more persons require prior Park approval and issuance of a Park Permit to address such items as reserving space for the group, traffic control, trash removal/cleanup deposit, etc.
Memorial Fitness Zone
Get fit in the new outdoor fitness zone that is equipped with a dozen pieces of fitness equipment provided by Memorial Healthcare System. For details, visit the Memorial Fitness Zones Web page.
Available for rental. 825 square feet. Capacity 50 (classroom setup). Wi-Fi is available. Equipped with a video projector and screen. A small food prep/warming area is also available.
One large shelter (capacity 61-90). Available to rent by reservation only. Deposit required. Please note that amplified sound/music is not allowed.
Tables and grills available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A Little History
By the time he graduated from Fort Lauderdale’s Central Catholic High School (now St. Thomas Aquinas High) in 1961, Brian Piccolo had distinguished himself in both baseball and football, which he also later played at Wake Forest University. (The Piccolo family moved to Fort Lauderdale when Brian was 12.) It was in football that he made his mark, however, going on to play for the Chicago Bears for four seasons before dying of cancer at age 26 in 1970. His story inspired the acclaimed 1971 made-for-TV movie Brian’s Song, with James Caan as Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as his friend Gale Sayers. Among Piccolo’s legacies is this Cooper City-based park, which opened in 1989, added a velodrome in 1992, and opened a skate park in 1999. (Photo from the collection of the Wake Forest University Athletic Department.)