From Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson
In 1924, Wilbur and Rose Warren donated eight acres to Orange County, creating the County’s first public park. By 1943, Orange County families donated additional acres of land on behalf of establishing parks. In 1973, Parks and Recreation was officially established by the Board of County and Commissioners. In 1985, The Department’s focus changed to include recreation programs, reflecting urbanization going on in the County.
The mission of Orange County Parks and Recreation is to “provide and preserve quality parks and recreation”.
Today, Orange County Parks and Recreation has 100 parks, trails, and special Facilities, an astonishing growth in a number of parks from just 21 parks in 1990. Orange County Parks and Recreation also consists of 11 public boat ramps, 51 miles of trail, totaling over 14,712.4 Overall acres. Annually, the parks see approximately 12 visitors. The park employs 288 full-time staffs and has a $34.28 million total operating budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal years.
Orange County Parks and Recreation offers many different recreational programs ranging from Environmental Programs, Youth Athletics, Adult Athletics, Dog parks, Recreation Centers, Trails, and Parks Rentals and fees.
The Vera Carter Environmental Center at Tibet-Butler Preserve is located southwest of Orlando near the major Central Florida attractions. Vera Carter, former Orange County Commissioner from 1980 to 1992 has been a vital supporter of the protection of Central Florida’s environment. She has led many quests to improve and preserve Orange County’s vast resources. The Vera Carter Environmental Center stands as a tribute to the impact of her efforts.
The Vera Carter Environmental Center houses exhibit areas that include interpretations of the Preserve’s natural resources including wetlands, uplands, and fire ecology.
Live exhibits are often displayed and various activities revolve around the Center’s amphitheater and classroom. Their wildlife experts invite you to come share Florida’s natural beauty and experience nature hands-on. We welcome schools and groups of all sizes and ages and are happy to set up individual programs.
8777 CR 535 Orlando, Fl 32836
Orange County Parks and Recreation offers many different athletic programs for youth. Some of the sports offered are basketball, Flag Football, and Hockey. Although Soccer and Baseball are not offered through Orange County directly, Orange County partners with different organizations to make it possible. For Adult Athletics, they offer A&A softball, Cricket, Flag Football, and Soccer. For more information on signing up for either youth or adult athletics, contact Parks and Rec at:
Orange County Parks and Recreation
Barnett Park Main Office
4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808
Phone: (407) 836-6200
Phone: (407) 836-6200
Parks’ Events InfoLine: (407) 836-6280
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Orange County also has Dog friendly parks spread across the county. These leash-frees parks also have water fountains and poop stations and providing a safe place for dogs and owners. Below are the listed dog friendly parks.
West Orange Dog Park
12400 Marshall Farms Road Winter Garden, FL 34787
Downey Dog Park
10107 Flowers AV. Orlando, FL 32825
Meadow Woods Dog Park
1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle Orlando, FL 32824
Barber Park Dog Park
3701 Gatlin AV Orlando, FL 32812
Barnett Park Dog Park
4801 W. Colonial DR Orlando, FL 32808
Dr. Phillips Dog Park
8249 Buenavista Woods BLVD Orlando, FL 32836
Yucatan Dog Park
6400 Yucatan DR Orlando, Fl 32807
Summerport Dog Park
14491 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd. Windermere, FL 34786
Orange County Parks and rec has six different recreation centers. Fitness Centers can be joined for just $100 per year or you can join an affordable fitness class. Below is a list of the centers and their location and phone numbers.
Barnett Park & Gym (407) 836-6248 4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808
Goldenrod Park Recreation Center (407) 254-9025 4863 N. Goldenrod Rd., Winter Park, FL 32792
Meadow Woods Recreation Center (407) 254-9065 1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, FL 32808
Silver Star Recreation Center (407) 254-9250 2801 N. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, FL 32818
South Econ Recreation Center (407) 254-9092 3800 S Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32829
West Orange Recreation Center (407) 254-9245 309 S. West Crown Point Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787
RENT A MEETING ROOM
Meeting rooms are available as rentals at all five Orange County Orlando Magic Recreation Centers, Marks Street Senior Center and the Renaissance Senior Center at South Econ Community Park. Meeting rooms are also available at: Barnett Park/Barnett Gym, Bear Creek Recreation Complex, Cypress Grove Park, Orlo Vista Park, Tibet-Butler Preserve, and Capehart Park.
Contact individual parks for help renting a meeting room.
RENT A SPORTS FACILITY
Sports fields for your league can be rented through Orange County Parks. Orange County Parks have multi-purpose fields at 15 parks, softball fields at four parks, baseball fields at eight parks, soccer fields at seven parks, and indoor gyms at six parks.
District 2 has over 17 parks which are located in Orlando, Apopka, Mount Dora and Tangerine, FL. One of our most popular parks are Kelly Park and Magnolia Park. Kelly Park is located at 400 E Kelly Park RD Apopka, FL 32712. At Kelly Park you and the entire family can participate in tubing and swimming at Kelly Park Rock Springs. This free-flowing natural spring is 68 degrees year round. On site you may enjoy a playground, full-service concession, picnic pavilions and Tents or RV camping. For those interested in trails and birding then Magnolia Park will become a family favorite. Magnolia Park is located at 2929 S. Binion Rd. Apopka, FL 32703 and features the Lake Apopka Loop Trail which is 14.6 miles long.
Below is a complete listing of the parks in our District including their exact address and contact number, as well as a visual map of Apopka showing where the parks are located. Also, below are the expenditures and revenue sources for our Orange County Parks and Recreation Division. For further details regarding the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year for Orange County go here.