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David Deal Playday

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The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the 65th Annual David Deal Playday with a series of events from July 31 through August 3, 2019. With the exception of the golf tournament, all Playday events are free and open to the public.

Playday was introduced in 1953 by Joseph C. Carter, the first director of Sunland Park (renamed Carter Park in 1994), as an opportunity for Fort Lauderdale youth to participate in track and field events. In 1971, the event was renamed David Deal Playday in honor of David Deal Sr., a longtime Broward County educator, coach and community mentor. Today, David Deal Playday has grown into a multi-weeklong celebration with multiple events.

For more information, please call (954) 828-5411.

Schedule of Events

David Deal Playday Flyer

Playday Kids Day
Wednesday, July 31
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd 
Let the games begin! Olympic sports, novelty competitions, table games and wacky sports are just a few of the activities planned. Prizes will be awarded all day for the best competitors.

Legacy Tribute
Thursday, August 1
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd
Enjoy cool jazz and hot art as we pay tribute to the trailblazers who helped make Playday what it is today.

Boxing Under the Stars
Thursday, August 1
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd 
Contender’s Boxing Club, the USBA, and the City of Fort Lauderdale proudly present the Annual Boxing at Carter Arena, featuring South Florida’s most talented boxers competing for their titles.

Smush Parker Clinic, 3-on-3 Tournament, and Teen Bash
Friday, August 2
2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd 
First, teens can enroll in a Smush Parker Clinic. Next, play some high-energy hoops created especially for the serious ball player. Come as a team or make one when you arrive at the 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Finally, end the evening with a special performance from a local artist.

Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 3
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Osswald Park, 2201 NW 21st St
Come join this 9-hole golf tournament recognizing community legends. The tournament will consist of a closest to pen contest and a putting contest. Refreshments will be served. Refreshments will be served. Entry Fee: $20.00

National Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, August 6
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Carter Park 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd
Join us for crime prevention, back-to-school giveaways, and special guests! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for an evening of fun and community building with Fort Lauderdale Police and Parks and Recreation Departments!

Family Festival & Back-to-School Giveaway 
Saturday, August 10
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd
This event is full of fun activities such as carnival and novelty games, arts and crafts, bounce houses, face painting, food, and more! Plus, get your child’s back-to-school supplies free!

Summer Jamz
Friday, August 16
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 
Carter Park 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd
Enjoy your picnic as you jam out to hottest, end-of-summer, hip–hop concert. Special guests include Chubb Rock, Whodini, and Rob Base.


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