Our Projects

We’re On Our Way

To “Bring Birch Back!” after years of neglect, we came up with a list of improvement projects and have already funded or accomplished the following efforts:

Martis Meditation Garden Rendering
Garden Rendering
Marti's Meditation Garden Rendering
Garden Rendering

Marti’s Meditation Garden (Coming in 2019)

The Friends of Birch State Park has raised the funds necessary to install a meditation garden and labyrinth at the park. This project was spearheaded by the late Marti Huizenga, who understood the need for a relaxing area within the park where visitors could sit peacefully and enjoy the surroundings. Installation is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Floating Boat Dock at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Floating Boat Dock at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

230’ Floating Public Boat Dock 2018

Grant funding secured by the Friends of Birch State Park through the Broward Boating Improvement Program with matching funds from the Florida Inland Navigational District has built a 230’ floating boat dock and welcome pavilion that is now open to the public. Boaters (30′ and shorter) can tie up to the dock during park hours (8 a.m. to dusk; park fees apply).

Long Lake Clean Out Phase II Before
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Long Lake Clean Out Phase II Before
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Long Lake Cleanout Phase II

With funding provided by a Community Foundation of Broward “Eco Broward” grant as well as a grant from Bank of America and private donations, the Friends of Birch State Park recently cleaned out the long-neglected moat at the park. Visitors and wildlife alike benefit from being able to access this historic waterway that adjoins Long Lake.

Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Phase I - Seawall Restoration Before
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Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Phase I - Seawall Restoration After
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1.2-Mile Seawall Restoration 2017/2018

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is home to one of the southeast’s longest public seawalls. Built by Hugh Taylor Birch more than 100 years ago, the 1.2 mile concrete structure was in dire need of repair. The Friends of Birch State Park applied for grant funding to raise and replace the seawall; construction is currently underway and is expected to be complete in the spring of 2019.

Loop Road Widening Before
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Loop Road Widening After
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Loop Road Widening 2018

Advocacy by the Friends assisted in the widening of the park’s nearly 2-mile long loop road; now complete, this project provides a safe, striped pathway for use by pedestrians and bicyclists and allows for ample room for vehicular traffic.

Long Lake Clean Up Phase I Before June 2016
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Long Lake Clean Up Phase I After February 2017
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Phase I Clean-Out Long Lake 2017/2018

The park’s Long Lake is part of a freshwater coastal dune lake system that once spanned nine miles along the coast of southeast Florida. Funding secured by Friends through the Community Foundation of Broward, private donations, Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale enabled invasive plant species removal, making the full length of the nearly one-mile lake navigable once again for kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and pedal boats.

Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Limitless Playground Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Limitless Playground

Limitless Playground Installation 2017

Thanks to the generosity of a local donor, the play area at the north end of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is now home to a limitless playground that provides entertainment opportunities for children in clear view of neighboring picnic pavilions.

Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Terramar as Visitor Center Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Terramar as Visitor Center

Opening of Terramar as Visitor Center 2015

For more than a decade, Hugh Taylor Birch’s historic home – Terramar – was closed to the public. With help from the Friends of Birch State Park, it was restored and is now open as a visitor center where guests can learn more about Birch’s legacy and what it was like to live there in the early 20th century.

Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Restaurant and Concessions Friends of Birch State Park Accomplishments Restaurant and Concessions

Restaurant and Concessions 2016

Park & Ocean is a main attraction at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This recently opened oceanfront, casual style eatery features live music and craft beer and hosts the concessions area, where guests can rent jet skis, kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, beach umbrellas and more. Both are conveniently located to the beach via tunnel as well as a dedicated crosswalk complete with traffic signal for safety.

Upcoming Projects

Upcoming Projects Exercise Stations

Outdoor Exercise Stations

The Friends of Birch State Park is actively seeking funding for state-of-the-art outdoor exercise equipment that will be located around the park’s 1.2-mile loop road.

Upcoming Projects Long Lake Trestle Walkway

Long Lake Trestle Walkway

What was once a railroad track that spanned Long Lake will soon become a pedestrian walkway, allowing visitors to enjoy lake vistas and connect to the park’s trail system.

Education Pavilion for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Open-Air Education Pavilion

The Friends of Birch State Park plans to fund the transformation of a former cabin into a fresh-air education pavilion for use by schoolchildren visiting the park on field trips as well as summer campers. This pavilion will enable the park to expand its environmental educational outreach efforts.

Mangove Walkway for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Mangrove Walkway

With funding raised by the Friends of Birch State Park, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park plans to construct a raised walkway to provide visitors with an up-close opportunity to explore the park’s thriving mangrove ecosystem.

Playground Phase II at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

South Playground Replacement

Fundraising is underway for the replacement of outdated and worn-out playground equipment located at the park’s southern playground.

New Beach Tunnel Aquarium Mural

Beach Tunnel Aquarium Mural

The 80-foot tunnel between the park and the beach will soon be transformed with a colorful and educational aquarium-themed mural painted by a local artist and funded by an “Art of Community” grant from the Community Foundation of Broward.