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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Car Accidents in Oakland Park
Oakland Park is making waves in Florida. The suburban city, situated just north of Fort Lauderdale, is growing in popularity. This is thanks, in part, to efforts made by the city itself to become one of the top destinations in the state. However, it’s important to consider how a surge in population and tourism has affected Oakland Park and the surrounding areas. In recent years, the rate of car accidents in the city has been on the rise.
Oakland Park Car Accident Statistics
Car accidents have increased significantly since Oakland Park began to rise in popularity.
Fatal Car Accidents in Oakland Park
Fatal Car Accidents: In 2013, there was only one reported fatal car accident in the city. This was significantly lower than the state average. Just one year later in 2014, there were 9 reported fatal crashes in Oakland Park. This was significantly higher than the state average.
Drunk Driving Accidents: In 2013, there were no reported fatal car accidents involving a drunk driver. In 2014, however, there was one fatal car accident involving a drunk driver. This could be due to the fact that Oakland Park’s downtown scene began to come into its own at this time. With the culinary scene on the rise, more bars and restaurants began to open.
Car Accident Fatalities: Car accidents don’t happen in a vacuum. Other vehicles and/or pedestrians are often involved. In 2013, there was 1 fatality related to car accidents in Oakland Park. By 2014, there were 10 fatalities related to car accidents in Oakland Park. Pedestrians accounted for 6 of those deaths.
What's causing this increase in both fatal and non-fatal car accidents? According to Boris Lavent, a car accident lawyer in Miami, FL, distracted driving is a big contributing factor. "People are texting and driving, and this leads to more accidents. We see it everyday in my office," Mr. Lavent tells us.
When Do Car Accidents Happen Most Frequently in Oakland Park?
Accidents happen year-round. However, statistics gathered between 1994 and 2014 indicate that accidents in Oakland Park tend to spike during certain months, days, and times.
Months With the Most Accidents: April is the most dangerous month on the roads in Oakland Park. December, January, and November are not far behind.
Months With the Fewest Accidents: Accidents happen least frequently during the month of October. Other months that tend to register the fewest number of accident reports include June, September, and May.
Days With the Most Accidents: Sunday is the most dangerous day on the roads in Oakland Park. Monday and Saturday are not far behind.
Days With the Fewest Accidents: Friday is (perhaps surprisingly) the safest day to travel around Oakland Park. Wednesday and Thursday also tend to record fewer accidents than most other days.
Nights Are More Dangerous: Most accidents in Oakland Park also happen at night. At night, visibility is limited and drivers are more likely to be tired and/or intoxicated. More than 57 percent of all crashes reported in Oakland Park between 1994 and 2014 happened after dark. It’s interesting to note that on Sundays - the day with the highest accident rate - the majority crashes happen in the morning.
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.