As I wrote in my previous blog, Parkland is a great place for senior citizens to call home. ln that blog I focused on housing options. Now, I would like to share with you other reasons that make Parkland a great place to spend your golden years.
The P-REC is Parkland’s community/recreation center. It is located at Pine Trails Park and hosts a wide range of classes and programs for Parklanders including active adults. Seniors enjoy yoga, pilates, Zumba, outdoor fitness classes, pickleball clinics and so much more. Every day there is something for our elders to participate in. In addition to daily offerings, the P-REC organizes field trips for 62 and over residents.
The Library is the city of Parkland’s own library. It is not part of the county library system. It is truly a gem. Residents of Parkland enjoy classes, crafts, lectures, games, book clubs, writing workshops, art exhibits and so much more. Additionally, the library has a very active and strong volunteer group, Friends of the Library. The mission of Friends of the Library is to support the services of the library and to build a strong relationship between the library and the community.
Clubs and Other Activities
As mentioned in a previous article, many communities offer activities for their older residents to enjoy. Besides those offered by private communities, there are groups, events, clubs, and other activities throughout. Also, the city hosts some wonderful events for people of all ages to enjoy.
- Parkland Historical Society
- Parkland Garden Club
- Photography: Since Parkland borders the Everglades there are endless opportunities to capture breathtaking photographs. The Everglades attract thousands of people each year looking to photograph birds, plants, alligators, and stunning sunsets. As a result, there are numerous photography groups to join.
- Pickleball Groups
- Eat n Beats: Eats n Beats is a food truck and concert event. On most occasions, the bands play classic rock music. This is a popular event with old residents.
- Farmers’ Market: Parkland is home to one of South Florida’s largest farmers’ markets. The market is held at the equestrian center. You can purchase, veggies, fruits, fresh seafood, homemade donuts, soaps, plants, and so much more.
- Tennis: There are tennis courts throughout the city and many communities have very active tennis programs. Additionally, the city of Parkland has a Tennis Center.
- Golf: South Florida has numerous private, public, and semi-public golf courses. Here are a few.
- Parkland Golf and Country Club
- Coral Springs Country Club
- Deer Creek
- Eagle Trace
- Osprey Point
Arts, Theater, and Music
Here are a few places to enjoy concerts, art exhibits, shows, and plays within a few miles from Parkland.
- FLA Live Arena: Is just a few exits south of Parkland on the Sawgrass. It is home to our hockey team. It is also a large concert venue and hosts major concerts.
- Coral Springs Center for the Arts: Just a five-minute drive from Parkland. This venue hosts concerts, plays, shows, and more.
- Seminole Casino of Coconut Creek: Right next to Parkland is the Seminole Casino. Besides gambling, you will find great restaurants, concert venues, and other shows.
- Coral Springs Museum of Art: The museum is located in the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. It has wonderful exhibits throughout the year and offers a wide range of classes and workshops.
- Stoneman Douglas High School: Stoneman Douglas has nationally recognized Drama and Band programs. As a result, their concerts, plays, and other productions are wonderful.
World-Class Health Care
- The Cleveland Clinic: is considered one of the most respected health care providers in the world. Luckily for Parklanders, Cleveland Clinic has a location in Parkland and a large outpatient facility on the border of Parkland and Coral Springs. Through these 2 locations, Parklanders have access to primary health care providers, specialists, imaging, some surgeries, and more.
- The University of Miami: provides healthcare to Parkland residents via locations in Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, and Boca Raton. Additionally, there are 2 University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Centers near Parkland. One in Coral Springs and the other in Deerfield Beach.
Parkland is not located in a hurricane evacuation zone. As a matter of fact, we are where people evacuate to.
Additionally, our homes are built in accordance with Miami-Dade Hurricane building codes. These codes require homes built in Miami-Dade and Broward to have the entire envelope incorporate lab-tested, wind-resistant designs. Since most of Parkland’s homes were built after hurricane Andrew, they were built with concrete blocks.
Besides the above-mentioned, Parkland has beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy and explore.
Although Parkland is a quiet community, It is part of a vibrant metropolitan area and it
is close to everything one would expect from a large seaside city. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.