Recreation Center Holiday Closings
Tuesday, December 24– All Recreation Centers will be open as usual with the exception of a 6:00 p.m. closure. Fitness Clubs will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25-Recreation Offices, Recreation Centers and Fitness Clubs will be closed.
Although the recreation centers are closed the outdoor facilities and swimming pools will be open for your enjoyment. Regular services will resume Thursday, December 26, 2019.
Tuesday, December 31- Recreation Centers will be open as usual from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fitness Clubs will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Resident Lifestyle Group meetings will end at 1 p.m. in preparation of New Year’s Eve Celebrations.
Wednesday, January 1- Recreation Offices, Recreation Centers and Fitness Clubs will be closed.
Although the recreation centers are closed the outdoor facilities and swimming pools will be open for your enjoyment. Regular services will resume Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Running of the Squares 5K
Join us for the 2nd race in the 2019-2020 Running the of Squares 5K Road Race Series on Saturday January 11,2019. For more information click the link below.
Annual Christmas Parade
Celebrate the season at the Annual Villages Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Click the link below for more information.
Camp Villages Holiday Fun
Looking for something to do with your visiting grandchildren? Try one or all of the Camp Villages Holiday Week activities. Click the link below to view all the activities.
Holiday Music Box Society Show
View many unique musical box collections gathered by your neighbors. Presented by the Musical Box Society International which is committed to preserving and restoring beautiful antique music machines. Click the link below for more information.
Holiday Train Show
Grandchildren will enjoy the numerous holiday train set-ups displayed by The Villages Model Railroad Club. Click the link below for more information.
Holiday Sights & Sounds
Come out and enjoy the holiday decorations and music at the Regional Recreation Centers during the daily events to qualify for a special holiday ornament. Click the link below for more information.
Everglades Recreation Complex
All meeting rooms and outdoor courts at the Everglades Recreation Complex are available all day, every day for open play now through December 31, 2019. Regularly scheduled activities will begin in January 2020.
Guest ID Card Services, Trail Fees and Activity registration are available 7 days a week:
•Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm (trail Fees only through 4:00pm): All regional recreation centers (Paradise, La Hacienda, Savannah, Mulberry Grove, Laurel Manor, Lake Miona, Colony Cottage, SeaBreeze, Eisenhower, Rohan, Fenney & Everglades)
•Saturday & Sunday 8am-12pm: La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower & Rohan Regional Recreation Centers Only
**Starting January 4, 2020, the Saturday & Sunday hours at La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower & Rohan Regional Recreation Centers will be 8:30am-12pm. **
The Enrichment Academy is excited to announce special speakers in 2019 and 2020. Click on the link below for detailed 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.
Mark Your Calendar
The Recreation Department team of staff and volunteers offer 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 below for a complete listing of 2019/2020 monthly events.
The Enrichment Academy Fall/Winter Catalog
The Enrichment Academy Fall/Winter Catalog is available now. Visit us online at www.DistrictGov.org or pick up a catalog at your nearest recreation center. Click the link below for more information.
AARP Offers Safe Driving Courses
AARP Driver Safety now offers a 6 hour "Smart Driver" course for seniors; it is designed for those 50 and older. In The Villages, there are at least 4 classes each month. The classes are either two days, 9 a.m. to 12 noon or one day* 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All available courses are listed at www.aarp.org/findacourse or call 877-846-3299. Select your class and call the instructor to register. The instructor will give instructions and time to arrive to complete registration.
Click the link below for more information.
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.
Registration for Monthly Socials Available Online
The Villages Recreation & Parks Department offers monthly socials to help Villagers enjoy the companionship of others in a friendly, fun atmosphere, as well as fulfilling the recreational, educational, emotional or physical needs of the participants. Beginning December 27, 2018, registration for the monthly socials will be available online, in addition to walk-in registration at all regional recreation centers.
For online registration follow these easy steps:
1. Go to www.DistrictGov.org.
2. Click on Departments.
3. Click on Recreation.
4. Click on the Socials (on the right hand side).
5. Click on Registration.
6. View the month’s social offerings.
7. Create an account or login.
8. Register for the socials of your choosing.
For questions or assistance, please call Recreation Administration at 352-674-1800.
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.
Join Our Team
The Village Center Community Development District (VCCDD) employs staff to support the operations of The Villages® community. We contribute our successes to the members of our team! If you would like to learn more about becoming a part of our team, please click on the link below.
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.
The Recreation Department offers a variety of walking sidewalks and trails for residents and their guest to enjoy. The information being provided by The Villages Recreation & Parks Dept. is for courtesy purposes only.
The ownership, maintenance responsibility and walking distance can and will vary from location to location. All users, use these areas at their own risk, please follow any posted rules.
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.
2019 Holiday Closing Schedule
For a list of the holiday closures in 2019, 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.