Quenching thirst for green space: Birch State Park

We want you to know about a natural treasure in Fort Lauderdale called Birch State Park.

The barrier island became a state park in the 1940s after Hugh Taylor Birch gifted his 180-acre estate.

A proud Fort Lauderdale resident, OneWorld Properties CEO Peggy Fucci was named to the Friends of Birch State Park Board this year to work on raising awareness and making upgrades to the site.

For every unit the company sells in Broward County, we’re donating $100 to the Friends of Birch State Park.

We all want more places where we can take our children to play outdoors.

Birch State Park is home to the last tropical hardwood hammock in Broward County.

Visitors can go to the beach, paddle a canoe in the lagoon, fish from the seawall, hike on trails and bike on a paved road.

With the help of the Friends, the park launched a water taxi landing, remodeled restrooms and is opening a restaurant.

The Friends are raising money to convert old railroad trestles to boardwalks with new fitness trail equipment, rebuild the seawall and renovate the Terramar Visitor Center.

Open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset, Birch State Park is located at 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd. off A1A between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean.

Admission is $2 for pedestrians, $4 for single drivers and $6 for cars with two or more people.

For more, see birchstatepark.org.