Winter Social Leagues
Join your friends and neighbors for some friendly competition in your favorite sport. Please click the link below for more information.
Florida Recreation & Parks Association Facility Showcase
The Everglades Recreation Complex is featured in the Florida Recreation & Parks Facility Showcase Journal. The journal features newly designed or renovated park or recreation facility spaces that serve the community. This feature is not only a chance to show a glimpse of the hard work that went into the project, but it also serves as a sort of yearbook for the achievements made throughout the state.
This is the 11th Facility Showcase that The Villages Recreation & Parks has appeared in over the past 9 years:
2012 – Paradise Archery Range
2014 – Eisenhower Recreation Center
2015 – Paradise Park, Soaring Eagle Softball Complex & Air Gun Range, Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center
2016 – Rohan Recreation Center, Burnsed Recreation Center
2017 – Moyer Recreation Center
2018 – Dudley Dog Park & Archery Range
2019 – Cattail Recreation
2020 – Everglades Recreation Complex
Recreation Facilities & Activity Update – Effective Until Further Notice
The safety of residents, guests, staff and visitors in The Villages continues to be of utmost importance to the Recreation & Parks Department. The Recreation and Parks Department has decided to postpone the following programs until further notice.
- Lake Sumter Line Excursions- scenic cruises, guided kayak, nature pontoon and fishing tours
- Lifestyle Socials Sponsored by the Recreation and Parks Department
Please contact a Resident Lifestyle Volunteer Leader regarding specific requirements for each club/activity.
If you have additional questions, please email RecreationDepartment@districtgov.org and we will be happy to respond via email or telephone.
Fitness Clubs – Join Today!
Multiple membership opportunities available. Six locations with exercise equipment for self-use. For more information, please visit the Fitness Clubs page.
Lake Sumter Line Scenic Cruise
The Recreation & Parks Department offers various excursions to enjoy on Lake Sumter! Experience the lake up close and personal! For more information, please visit the Outdoor Excursions page.
Course programming continues with limited availability for the NEW Fall/Winter (October 2020-March 2021) semester. As the Recreation and Parks Department prepares to phase in programming opportunities, The Enrichment Academy courses are held at limited capacity and availability following health and safety guidelines. To check availability, review detailed course descriptions and register online, please visit us at www.TheEnrichmentAcademy.org
or your nearest Regional Recreation Center to register today! For help registering online, click the link below.
Participants are responsible for their health and safety and understand that they utilize facilities at their own risk. Visit www.DistrictGov.org for current health & safety information and guidelines. Information and requirements are subject to change.
The Speaker Series is back with limited capacity and availability. Visit www.TheEnrichmentAcademy.org
to register today! General admission seating. Masks are required where and if social distancing may not be achieved. Attendees must comply with guidelines and directives as ordered or issued by all Federal, State, County and Local legislative and health entities. Information and requirements are subject to change. All attendees are responsible for their health and safety and understand that they utilize facilities at their own risk. Visit www.DistrictGov.org
for current health & safety information and guidelines.
AARP Safe Driving Courses
AARP now offers a virtual Smart Driver technology workshop. The workshop is to assist residents who are thinking of purchasing or leasing a new vehicle with technology or just upgrading a few years. Click below for more information.
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.
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.
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, Eisenhower or Everglades 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.
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.
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.
2021 Holiday Closing Schedule
For a list of the holiday closures in 2021, 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.