Give a Gift to your local State Park – a gift for Nature
By either Volunteering with or Donating a meaningful gift to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Inc. you can personally help to secure the legacy of this last remnant of Tropical Hardwood Hammock in all of Broward County.
What the Friends Are Doing – and Why we Need Your Help:
– Partnership in Parks Grant to Revitalize the Park – Your help is needed today!
The Board of the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park have stepped up to support a Partnership in Park’s grant for the Trestles to Trails program.
– Identifying large-scale projects for park revitalization:
In addition to the Trestles to Trails project, we are currently identifying large-scale needs of the park’s infrastructure:
- Revitalization of Mr. Birch’s estate, Terramar – moves are being made to relocate administration into the second story while the first story is evaluated for installation of a modern museum to the public.
- The Friends of Birch have achieved a windfall for the park in regard to an overhaul of the park’s currently crumbling seawall. This will be a tremendous success story for our park.
- Water taxi landing installation in the park has been a success, launched in June 2014.
- Enhancement of old restroom infrastructure and modern application of ADA standards coming late 2014.
- MCruz Rentals (Park Concession) installation of a fully comfortable, inviting sports-type barbecue restaurant (expected in 2015).
AND MUCH MORE!
Our Lovely Park: A short walk from beachside shops and condominiums, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is an oasis of the last Tropical Maritime Hammock in all of Broward County. It preserves the natural heritage of subtropical coastal habitat that once covered southeast Florida.
The property is a magnificent gift from the late Mr. Hugh Taylor Birch to Florida’s posterity. His former estate, which once also included the Bonnet House property, preserves four distinct natural communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.
There are a number of amenities that visitors can enjoy during their stay. These include, renting a canoe and paddling along a half-mile-long freshwater lagoon. MCruz Rentals offers an interactive rental concession with bikes, beach gear, segway rentals, kayaks and more for everyone’s enjoyment. Many guests regularly fish from the seawall.
Nature lovers can hike along a number of trails and learn about local plants and wildlife through either regularly-scheduled Ranger-guided walks or the Mid Trail Audio Tour. Bicyclists and skaters glide along the 2-mile paved park road. By the thousands, visitors 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, the latest home to Mr. Hugh Taylor Birch, is currently closed to the public but renovation efforts are underway to offer displays and exhibits regarding the area’s natural and cultural history.
Open daily, there is enough for everyone to enjoy! Located on East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, off A1A.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304