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Census Day is April 1st

In March, more than 130 million households across the nation will receive a census form to complete and return upon receipt. Households that do not respond may receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census takers will visit households that do not return questionnaires to take a count in person. Census data is by law, strictly confidential. Remember that for every resident that does not return the Census form, Parkland can lose approximately $2,000 in federal and state funding.

City of Parkland Egg Hunt: APR 3, 9:00 – 12:00
Sponsored by Michael Citron and Rosy Baron of the Parkland Parrot Real Estate Team at RE/MAX ParkCreek

Limited registration is remaining as the City of Parkland and our new sponsor, The Parkland Parrot Real Estate Team at RE/MAX ParkCreek welcome all residents to this fantastic FREE event which will feature 20,000 eggs, bounce houses, food, and entertainment. This event will take place at Terramar Park and is open to Parkland Residents Only.  A pre-registration is required, registration can be done in person at the Parkland Amphitheater located in Pine Trails Park or online at  Space is limited and registration must be completed no later than 5:00PM on April 2nd.  Each participant will receive a free egg bag to collect their eggs and no other egg baskets will be permitted. This FREE event promises to be fun for all ages!  Please call Colleen O’Dea, Special Events Coordinator, at (or visit for more information about the Egg Hunt.

City Trying to Bring Ultra High Speed Broadband to Parkland

With your input, Parkland may be one of possibly several areas across the nation to participate in a fiber broadband trial being conducted by Google. Google is planning to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the US. Google’s stated intention, according to the city, is to deliver internet speeds of more than 100 times faster that what most Americans have access to today with fiber-to-home connections. To be considered for the trial, Parkland must complete a Request for Information (FRI.). That’s why the city is asking it’s citizens to complete a short survey in order to assess the level of interest and support for this type of trial. Citizens wishing to participate in the survey are asked to visit and go to the News and Announcement section. Citizens can learn more about the Google Fiber for Communities trial by visiting .

Parkland Launches Redesigned Website

The City of Parkland has launched a completely redesigned website that is more user friendly, easier to navigate and providing so many more pictures of notable Parkland locations.  We have made the main page less busy, with a new look and feel.  Navigating the site is simpler, with enhancements like drop down menus.  Every page on the web site has a printer-friendly option. News and Announcements, the most popular section of the website, is prominently located on the homepage.  We also added a brand new calendar feature on the homepage, which includes all Citywide, parks and library events occurring during the current month. Check out the new site at the same address we have always had, and see what Parkland has to offer.

Parks and Recreation News

2010 Spring Tennis Camp

2010 Spring Tennis Camp, March 29 – April 2nd at the Terramar Park Tennis Center.  Registration required, call for more information.

Summer Recreation Registration

The Parks and Recreation Department will begin accepting registration by mail only for the Summer Recreation Program on Monday, March 8 for residents and Monday, March 22 for non-residents.  The Parkland Summer Recreation Kids and Teen Program are for children ages 5-14.  Registration forms and camp calendars will be available for download at the city website or picked up at the Parkland Amphitheater beginning Monday, March 1.  Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Spots fill quickly, so register early.   Camp sites locations are both Westglades Middle School and Heron Heights for the Elementary Program and Westglades Middle School for the Teen Program.  Click here for more details Parkland, FL – Summer Camp for Kids

Adult Outdoor Open Bocce Ball: TUE APR 6

This class is held the first Tuesday of each month from February through May in Pine Trails Park.  This is a free class open to Parkland residents 21 years of age and older, no experience necessary.  Game time is 10:00 am – 11:30 am.  Advance registration is required.  Click here for more details Parkland, FL – Adult Lawn Bocce Ball

Healthy Lifestyle Program: Herbology Part 2 WED APR 7

This program will be held one Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the Parkland City Hall Activity Room.  These free classes are held by instructors from the Acupuncture Wellness Center of Coral Springs. The subject of this month’s class is Herbology Part 2.  We will discuss how to balance your diet and include healthy healing foods. Note: You did not have to attend the first part to benefit from the second. Advanced registration is required.  Click here for more details Parkland, FL – Healthy Lifestyle Class

NEW!   Yogalates On The Ball Class:   WED APR 7 & 14

The City of Parkland Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Pilates/Yoga on the Ball Class on Wednesdays twice a month from 9:30AM-10:30AM in the Parkland City Hall Activity Room.  Adults 21 & older.   Experience is not required.   A Yoga mat and a Yoga/Pilates ball must be brought to class.  This innovative class combines Yoga/Pilates with a stability ball.  The class fee is $10 for one class or $90 for a 10 week series.  Advance registration is required.  Click here for more details Parkland, FL – Yogalates On The Ball Class

Parkland Farmer’s Market, SUN, APR 11

The City of Parkland’s Farmer’s Market, presented by Mercentil Commercebank at the Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Road.  Vendors selling everything from green peppers to sweet cupcakes.  Takes place from 9:00am till 1:00pm. Click here for more details Parkland, FL – Farmer’s Market

NEW!  Art Classes:   MON APR 12

The City of Parkland Parks and Recreation Department is offering Art Classes for children, teens and adults on Mondays beginning in April.  The classes are held twice a month for each age group.  The fee for one class is $12 and for a five week series is $60.  Advance registration is required.  Click here for more details Parkland, FL – Art Classes

City of Parkland, Passport to Parkland:  SAT APR 24

The City of Parkland is inviting all residents to the Passport to Parkland which will be held on April 24, 2010 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at City Hall 6600 University Drive, Parkland.  Come out and meet your city officials, city departments, and county organizations.  We invite you to ask questions and speak with each department about their impact on how the city functions. Activities will include a tour of the Parkland fire trucks, BSO patrol cars, and public service vehicles. Bring the whole family out to enjoy live music and a bounce house! Join BSO for the Prescription Give Back Program and bring any unused prescriptions to Passport to Parkland and BSO will properly dispose of the medication and give you a gift card to a local business. You can also bring paperwork for the Shred-A-Thon where BSO will dispose of paperwork with the BSO Shredder. This event is free and open to Parkland residents. Please contact Colleen O’Dea, Special Events Coordinator, at or

Library News

Black Light Show: The Spectacular Seas: TUES APR 20, 3:30
In honor of Earth Day this original, black light show reveals that the oceans, along with the exotic creatures that inhabit them, must, indeed, be protected..  Children Ages 5 and up and unaccompanied by an adult must arrive on time for this show.  The doors cannot be opened once the show has begun.   Registration begins March 29th, please call

Wildlife Habitat Celebration & Lecture:  TUES APR 20, 6:30

The Parkland Garden Club and the City of Parkland welcome all residents whose yards have been certified as National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitats to a cake and coffee reception on the Parkland Library’s patio. We will be celebrating the one year anniversary of the City’s certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat.  Anyone who would like to get their yard certified is welcome to join us. The reception will be followed by a lecture at 7:00pm in the library by Master Gardener, Art Constantino on using rain barrels to benefit your garden and help conserve water. There will be a free plant and tree giveaway and a free rain barrel will be given as a door prize.

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