Running of the Squares - Brownwood 5K
The first race in the 2021-2022 Running of the Square 5k Series takes place on Saturday, October 23, 2021. The start/finish line will be at Brownwood Paddock Square. Please use caution in this area from 7 AM – 10 AM as runners will be using the roadways and multi-modal paths during that time. Please click the map below for the exact location.
CALLING ALL RESIDENT LIFESTYLE VOLUNTEERS
You may NOW stop by your Regional Recreation Complex Monday through Friday from 9 AM - 4 PM to pick up your 2022 Facility Use Contract. We thank you for your patience! Click below for more information.
Welcome to Active.net
In our efforts to continually review better ways to serve our community, the Recreation & Parks Department is implementing a new recreation software called Active.Net.
This software has new features and options for managing recreation and parks services, facilities, leagues, and activity registrations. This new software programs “Go Live” date is Wednesday, September 29, 2021, just in time for the upcoming fall/winter season.
Resident volunteers and customers using our services will experience a new look for all areas. As with any major software and replacement, please be mindful there will be a transitional period navigating all the features and opportunities it will provide.
We are excited about the additional features and upgrades to support our operations better. Click below for easy steps on how to LOGIN on our New Registration page.
The Speaker Series offers a variety of lectures presented by professional guest speakers who share their knowledge and experiences with the audience. General admission, limited seating.
Visit TheEnrichmentAcademy.org to register today!
AARP Offers Safe Driving Courses
AARP Driver Safety has canceled all in-person AARP Driver Safety events and activities until January 1, 2022, as a precaution against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
If you have any Smart Driver course participants who may not be able to renew their car insurance discount due to course cancellations, you should direct them to the AARP Smart Driver online course. Our special 25% off discount has been extended until the end of the year for those who may have to take it online now.
Putt & Play
Putters, balls and scorecards for the Putt & Play are available inside the Croquet/Lawn Bowling Equipment Shed. There is a sign-out sheet for putters for residents and guests to register how many putters are needed. The putters must be returned after the round. This information is also listed on the bulletin boards at the Putt & Play.
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.
The Bicycle Friendly Advocacy Council (BFAC) is conducting a survey as part of the continuing efforts to grow and expand bicycle programs in our community. The BFAC is a Resident Lifestyle Club in The Villages that includes all of the community's bicycle clubs: Sumter Landing Bicycle Club, The Village Bicycle Club and the PANTHERS Tandem Club.
The Villages is currently recognized by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) as a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community, and this survey is part of our work to gain a Platinum award. Please click the following link to complete the survey- slbikelub.org/bfc
. The survey should take about five minutes to complete. Thank you for participating.
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.
Fall/Winter Course Catalog & Registration
The Enrichment Academy Fall/Winter (October 2021 – March 2022) course registration open now! Check out all the course offerings and view the catalog at TheEnrichmentAcademy.org or pick one up at your nearest recreation complex or center. Register Today: ONLINE at TheEnrichmentAcademy.org, at any Regional Recreation Complex or by mail.
Join Our Team
We attribute 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.
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.
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.