Photographing Planes from Airport Greenbelt Park in Dania Beach FL

Over twenty years ago, Broward County came up with a very innovative way to cut down on the airplane noise that the nearby residents heard. For years homeowners of the Melaleuca Gardens neighborhood, south of Griffin Road, complained about the noise from planes landing and taking off at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airpot (FLL).

Broward’s solution was to create a natural buffer instead of erecting concrete walls. This natural buffer is called Airport Greenbelt Park. “The milelong park on the southern edge of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a series of 30-foot-tall mounds of trees and flowers and a lake…It is the first park in the country designed as a sound barrier.” (Sun-Sentinel)

Back in 1991 when the park opened to the public, visitors could watch small commercial and private planes like Cessnas and Falcons take off and land on the south runway. At the time the runway was not suited for larger jets from Airbus, Boeing and Embraer.

However, in September 2014 the expansion of the south runway was completed. On September 18 2014 JetBlue Flight 1028 became the first arrival on the new 8,000-foot runway. Plane enthusiasts and photographers can now get close-up views of Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 737, Embraer 175, Embraer 190 in addition to the smaller jets that used the runway prior to expansion.

I visit this park on average once per week. On December 23rd I shot this JetBlue Airbus A320 as it landed on the south runway.