Welcome to Oakland Park
Our small city, which more than 41,000 people call home, is nestled in Broward County just north of Fort Lauderdale and sits a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean. We have a wonderfully diverse culture and are proud to be one of the premier resort cities in Southeastern Florida. Whether you live in Oakland Park or are simply passing through, there is plenty for you to do and see here.
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Accidents in Oakland Park
Oakland Park is a great place to live, work, and visit. Recent efforts to revitalize the city have only helped a booming tourism economy. In 2015, more than 2.6 million visitors passed through the thriving culinary arts hub of Southeastern Florida. While the increase in tourism is doing wonders for the local economy, job creation, and diversity, it is also making Oakland Park roads more dangerous.
The number of accidents and injuries in Oakland Park have nearly doubled since 2012. Fortunately, only the frequency of accidents has increased. Statistics show that while accidents are happening more frequently, there is no significant increase in the seriousness of those crashes. In fact, there have been no reported traffic accident fatalities in Oakland Park in recent years.
Oakland Park Traffic Accidents
Oakland Park is an increasingly busy place. More than 41,000 people call the City of Oakland Park home, thousands more travel to the city for work, and millions more visit each year as tourists. While Oakland Park does have several public transportation options, including access via the Florida East Coast Railway, its roads have seen significant increases in vehicular traffic.
The Dixie Highway, Oakland Park Boulevard, I-95, and Powerline Roads all connect Oakland Park with other parts of the state and have all been overwhelmed with more traffic in recent years.
Local intersections in Oakland Park, including NE 6th Ave and NE 43rd Street and Floranada Road and NE 11th Ave, have also seen considerably more traffic jams. As a result, there have been more accidents involving cars, bikes, commercial vehicles, and pedestrians within the city’s limits.
Accidents by the Numbers
Just how common are traffic accidents in Oakland Park? Here’s a look at accident statistics, as reported by Florida's Integrated Report Exchange System.
Since 2012, there has been an 80 percent increase in the number of traffic accidents in Oakland Park. The increase has been steady over time:
- 2012: 44
- 2013: 52
- 2014: 47
- 2015: 57
- 2016: 70
- 2017: 79.
It appears as if the number of accidents in Oakland Park will continue to rise. In the first five months of 2018, there have already been 35 reported crashes in the city.
However, as stated earlier, accidents are happening more frequently, but they aren’t necessarily more severe. Oakland Park police have not reported traffic accident fatality in recent years. However, approximately half of all crashes in Oakland Park do result in injury.
Revitalization Efforts to Protect Pedestrians
Oakland Park has recently taken steps to make its downtown district a much friendlier place for pedestrians and bicyclists. According to Boris Lavent, a personal injury attorney in Miami and founder of Lavent Law, this was likely due, in part, to the dangerous road conditions that posed a serious risk of harm to downtown guests. Lavent says that most pedestrian accidents happen at busy downtown intersections.
“The City of Oakland Park has really made it a priority to protect pedestrians from being injured in accidents,” Lavent explains. “They’ve installed a lot of key safety features that can not only reduce the rate of accidents, but also minimize injuries, as well.”
Some safety features include:
- Increased signage for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians
- Dedicated and separate pedestrian walkways
- Installation of lighting features
- Concrete planters and barriers separating pedestrians and motorists
- Limiting traffic in the downtown district.
At 8.1 square miles, Oakland Park is considerably smaller than most other cities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. However, do not be fooled by the city’s relatively small size. Oakland Park is home to some of the most popular restaurants, shops, hotels, and resorts in the area.
The city is also known as one of the up-and-coming culinary spots on the East Coast. You’ll want to make a reservation at the most popular spots in Oakland Park while you still can.
Recent efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown district have been incredibly successful. The downtown area is the most recent draw for tourists, who have been increasingly flocking to our small city. In 2015, more than 2.6 million tourists visited Oakland Park and spent more than $1.6 billion within the city limits.
Recreation and Activities in Oakland Park
Whether you live in the city or are just passing through, you will not have any trouble finding something to do in Oakland Park.
While Oakland Park is small, it does not lack beautiful outdoor space. Several parks can be found within the city limits, including:
- Art Park (featuring open space, a seating wall, and art events)
- J. Dewey Hawkins Landing (featuring a boat ramp, canoe/kayak launch, docks, and picnic area)
- Cherry Creek Park (featuring a jogging track and exercise stations)
- Dr. Carter G. Woodson Park (featuring a picnic pavilion, playground, horseshoe pit, and basketball courts)
- Jaco Pastorius Community Center & Park (featuring open space, a walking path, and art)
- Lakeside Sand Pine Reserve (featuring a 5-acre nature park, trails, and observation deck)
- Lloyd Estates Park (featuring a shaded playground, benches, and accessible picnic area)
- North Andrews Gardens Park (featuring a playground, picnic tables, basketball court, and open green space)
- Veterans Park (featuring a lighted walking path, military displays, and an observation deck)
- Royal Palm Park (featuring open green space, lighted walking paths, exercise stations, and a picnic pavilion).
Oakland Park is also an extremely dog-friendly city! The Oakland Park Bark Park, located at 971 N.W. 38th Street, is the premier dog park in the area, featuring multiple fenced areas as well as agility training and exercise devices.
There is no shortage of opportunities to play or watch sports in Oakland Park. If you want to play recreationally, several of the city’s parks are equipped with lighted:
- Basketball courts
- Tennis courts
- Racquetball and handball courts
- Baseball/softball fields, and
- Soccer fields.
The city also hosts multiple leagues and camps for children, teens, and adults. Popular kids’ programs include basketball, flag football, soccer, while popular adult programs include basketball, soccer, and ultimate frisbee.
Americas Got Soccer
Did you know that Oakland Park is the home of the largest indoor soccer facility in the country? Americas Got Soccer is an air-conditioned facility that boasts three state-of-the-art artificial turf fields. The facility partners with the city and hosts soccer leagues, camps, and even some professional matches.
Feel free to stop by the facility’s renowned sports bar, Pumas Sports Tavern, to enjoy one of 50 beers on tap while you watch an international match on one of several HD screens. Or, stop by Smoothini after your workout to refuel with a healthy snack.
Many of the Oakland Park’s recreational and educational programs are run by the city’s popular library. The library offers a variety of programs for children, teens, and adults, including:
- Free tax preparation services
- Homework help
- Chess Mates
- Mentorship programs
- Public computer and printing services, and more.
Did you know that nearly 8 percent of the population in Oakland Park have German ancestry? This may be why Oakland Park has one of the most popular Oktoberfest celebrations in Broward County. Each year, the city partners with Funky Buddha Brewery to throw a three-day Oktoberfest celebration at Jaco Pastorius Park, complete with beer, food, amusement rides, music, and more.
Oakland Park is one of the premier up-and-coming culinary arts cities in the country. The city’s downtown revitalization efforts have paved the way for the thriving culinary scene. While the rejuvenation is still a work in progress, Oakland Park is aiming to highlight and embrace the city’s agricultural roots. The downtown district will feature community gardens, farm-to-table kitchens, and boutiques that specialize in kitchen-related goods and decor.
In addition to agriculture-related outdoor space, the city is also paving the way for the influx of new and exciting culinary endeavors. Funky Buddha Brewery, which has been a staple in the city since it opened its doors in 2013, has proven that Oakland Park is next hot culinary arts spot. In the coming years, many new restaurants will open their doors and treat the city’s residents and visitors to unique and exciting culinary adventures.