The safety of residents, guests, staff and visitors in The Villages continues to be of utmost importance to the Recreation & Parks Department. All Camp Villages activities have been postponed until further notice.
TEA Summer Programming
Summer course programming has returned with select course availability and enrollment. As the Recreation & Parks Department prepares to phase in programming opportunities, The Enrichment Academy courses are held with limited capacity and availability. The District will continue to evaluate and open course programming following the guidance of The Health Department/CDC guidelines.
- Limited course enrollment and availability
- Pre-set rooms
- Areas cleaned and sanitized
- Expand transition times for participants to safely enter and exit between programs
- Courses with shared equipment/high touch opportunities will be phased in at a later date with restrictive guidelines
- Face masks requested
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 Safe Driving Courses
While states across the country are in the process of re-opening, AARP has made the difficult decision to cancel all sponsored in-person events and activities through the end of 2020, which include AARP Driver Safety events, to minimize COVID-19 exposure among our AARP family and our communities.
Recreation Sponsored Events & Resident Lifestyle Volunteer Groups
The safety of residents, guests, staff and visitors in The Villages continues to be of utmost importance to the Recreation & Parks Department. All recreation sponsored events (Camp Villages, Socials etc.) and Resident Lifestyle Volunteer Groups have been postponed until further notice. All current openings and activities will remain the same (arts & crafts, fitness clubs, court sports and swimming pools).
If you have additional questions, please email RecreationDepartment@districtgov.org your information and we will be happy to respond via email or telephone.
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.
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.
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.