TEA Courses Resume June 1st!
Kick-off of select Spring/Summer courses begins June 1st. As the Recreation & Parks Department prepares to phase in programming opportunities, The Enrichment Academy will resume select courses with limited availability. The District will continue to evaluate and open course programming as scheduled following the guidance of The Health Department/CDC guidelines.
- Limited course enrollment and availability.
- Pre-set rooms (assigned seating).
- Areas cleaned and sanitized; table covering replacement before the start of each course.
- Staff member will monitor entry/exit.
- Face masks requested.
- Expand transition times for participants to safely enter and exit before the next class starts.
For a complete list of courses resuming in June, click on the link below.
TEA Course Schedule Changes
For a complete listing of course changes, click the link below. Refunds for cancelled courses have been processed, it may take up to 30 business days to receive refund. Participants enrolled in a rescheduled course(s) will be transferred and receive updated registration confirmation. To request a refund or have any questions for TEA, please email TheEnrichmentAcademy@DistrictGov.org.
AARP Offers Safe Driving Courses - Cancelled
In response to the recent guidance and recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health on the prevention of COVID-19, AARP has cancelled the AARP Driver Safety events until July 1, 2020.
Resident Lifestyle Volunteer Clubs/Activities
The Recreation & Parks Department is working on best practices to manage the resident lifestyle volunteer groups in this new norm.
Group meetings will not be the same as prior to COVID-19. Currently scheduled meeting days, times and room capacity will be modified to allow for social distancing, ample time to enter and exit facilities, clean rooms and set-up for the next club/activity. Equipment and supplies will also be limited to protect Volunteers and participants.
The return of resident lifestyle groups will begin in phases in a slow organized manner. Cards and Board Games because of high touch opportunities and social clubs with large participation will be phased in at a later date with restrictive guidelines.
RLVG leaders will meet, in advance of their first meeting, with staff to review new room set-ups and expectations. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation, understanding and patience as we work in partnership with volunteer leaders to navigate and learn new and safer ways to enjoy the lifestyle opportunities here in The Villages.
If you have additional questions, please email RecreationDepartment@districtgov.org your information and we’ll be happy to respond via email or telephone.
Important changes and announcement will continue to be published in The Villages Recreation & Parks News, posted on www.DistrictGov.org
as well as sent out in our e-Notifications.
Join Our Team
We contribute our successes to the members of our team and staff, come join us! Click the link below for more information.
Spring/Summer Course Catalog
The Enrichment Academy Spring/Summer Catalog is available now. Visit us online at www.DistrictGov.org
or pick up a catalog at your nearest recreation center. Please click on the following link for more information. Spring/Summer Catalog
First Responders Recreation Center
The District Government held a public participation meeting related to the First Responders Recreation Center on September 24, 2019. Stay tuned to the First Responders Quick Link
as this project progresses.
Closing of Outdoor Facilities
The Villages Recreation and Parks Department, in partnership with the Community Watch Department, as stewards of Recreation Facilities within The Villages, are requesting your cooperation when closing outdoor Recreation Facilities.
The time of dusk fluctuates throughout the year. Dusk is the window of time usually within a 30 minute timespan after sunset. When closing facilities, staff ensures there is adequate lighting to enter, inspect, and allow participants the ability to exit the facilities in a safe manner. Safety is of the utmost importance and we appreciate you taking this into consideration as staff closes the facilities.
The Villages Recreation and Parks and Community Watch team appreciate your support and adherence as we aim to be good stewards of the recreation facilities while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of both staff and residents.
Small Group Sport Lessons
Learn the basics or brush up on your skills for bocce, corn toss, master’s tennis and shuffleboard. Click the link below for more information.
Trails & Pathways
The many trails and pathways provide Villagers the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s environment. Signage along the pathways indicate the combination of activities Villagers can enjoy. Click the link below for more information.
Lost and Found
Depending on where items are found, inexpensive items will be held for one month at La Hacienda, Laurel Manor, or Eisenhower Regional Recreation Centers. Valuables will be turned over to the Lady Lake Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office or Marion County Sheriff’s Office within 72 hours. At the end of each month, unclaimed items will be donated to local charities. The Recreation Department is not responsible for lost items.
Pet Information and Pet Adoptions
The Recreation Department in conjunction with the YOUR Humane Society SPCA will be hosting local pet information and adoptions days the 3rd Friday of each month at various recreation center pavilions. Please call Paradise Recreation Center at 352-753-0637 for specific dates & locations.
Please be considerate of others and all properties. Dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Please take all waste home for disposal. Do not use storm drains, postal or recreation facilities for disposing of solid waste or plastic bags. In addition, please follow all county ordinances including all dogs are required to be on a leash. For additional information, please click on the link below.
Participation in clubs, activities and events throughout The Villages may be photographed/recorded and by participation in the activity, participant irrevocably consents to be photographed/recorded and grants The Villages of Florida, Inc. and its successors, assigns and licenses the right in perpetuity to distribute the results of such photography/recording in all media throughout the world.
Mark Your Calendar
The Recreation Department team of staff and volunteers offers many activities to meet your lifestyle needs. Our efforts are to provide the most enjoyable experience and opportunities to participate and utilize these activities and facilities. Click the link below for a complete listing of 2019/2020 monthly events.
The Village of Fenney
Tour the beautiful new facilities and discover all the amenities available at the Fenney Recreation Center, Spanish Moss Recreation Center, Blue Heron Recreation Area, Fenney Springs Nature Trail and the Putt & Play Recreation Area all located in the Village of Fenney! You can visit these centers by heading south on Morse Boulevard over SR44 to 3200 Fenney Way. For more information, please call 352-674-8460. We look forward to seeing you there! For additional information on the Putt & Play, please click on the link below.
Lake Sumter Line Boat Tour
Welcome Aboard! Join us for a scenic tour of Lake Sumter on the Lake Sumter Line Boat Tour! Please click on the link below for additional information.
Recreation Center Emergency Address Information
Our dedicated staff is here to help you get the most out of your unique Villages lifestyle. When enjoying your choice of activities, we ask that you remember participating in recreational activities always involves some degree of risk. Participants assume full responsibility for and risk of bodily injury arising out of or in any way connected with participation or involvement in or presence at the activity or program
. To assist you with emergency situations, the recreation department has provided all outside recreation areas with a bulletin board that has important 911 information including the address/county/phone number you are calling from
. Emergency 911 phones are located at all equipment buildings and pools with pertinent emergency information. We encourage all residents to become familiar with their recreation centers and 911 information. Please when visiting any recreation center or swimming pool take a moment to locate these helpful areas.
Bicycle Friendly Community
The League of American Bicyclists has designated The Villages, Florida a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Gold Level in recognition of outstanding efforts to encourage bicycling in The Villages. The award is presented only to communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling. The award is current for four years 2018-2022. For additional information, please click on the Bicycle Information link below.
2020 Holiday Closing Schedule
For a list of the holiday closures in 2020, please click on the link below.
Courtesy Phones at Recreation Facilities
Courtesy phones are available for use by residents and guests in case of an emergency or to reach a Recreation team member. Courtesy phones are available at all pools and the equipment sheds. The facility name and address are posted on the wall by the courtesy phone. For non-emergency issues you can call Community Watch. Click on the link below for a photo of one of our courtesy phones available for use.