Parkland is a tranquil city nestled in a serene, wooded environment in Northwest Broward County, Florida. This unique city was incorporated in 1963. While its features are predominantly residential, small portions are zoned for commercial and industrial development. Currently, the population is approximately 25,000 and long-term projections anticipate the eventual population of approximately 35,000. City leaders are using a conservative approach to growth in order to maintain a small-town, park-like flavor.
Parkland zoning laws are designed to protect the “parklike” character of the city. Initially, there were no stores or traffic lights in Parkland, though this began to change in the mid 1990s and early 2000s with the additions of large neighborhood developments like Heron Bay and Parkland Isles.
The City consists of 8.5 miles of multipurpose trails, bike paths, and sidewalks; a 5.5-acre park with sports field lighting and a tot lot; a 50-acre park with sports field lighting and other amenities; as well as a 7.5-acre Equestrian Center, the 20-acre Doris Davis Forman Wilderness Preserve, and the citizen-constructed, seven-acre Liberty Park containing numerous play areas representing American patriotic themes.