December 19, 2018
Amberwood Executive Golf Course
In our efforts to keep the infrastructure protected and functioning correctly, we utilize our executive golf courses for water management and movement. The District Executive Golf Management Team will temporarily close the Amberwood Golf Course starting Tuesday, December 18, 2018 until further notice for the water dumping needs of weather related recovery. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information on this dumping, please contact the District Executive Golf Offices at 352-751-3939.
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.
Recreation Center Holiday Closings
Monday, December 24, 2018– All recreation offices will be closed. The fitness clubs will be open from 6:30 am until 1 pm. Trail fees, guest IDs & activity registration services will be available from 8 am until 12 pm at La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower & Rohan. Recreation centers will close at 6 pm.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018- All recreation centers and offices will be closed. All outdoor facilities and swimming pools will remain open for your enjoyment.
Monday, December 31, 2018- All recreation centers will be open as usual from 7 am until 10 pm. Fitness clubs will be open from 6:30 am until 1 pm. Resident lifestyle group meetings will end at 1 pm in preparation for New Year’s Eve Celebrations.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019- All recreation centers and offices will be closed. All outdoor facilities and swimming pools will remain open for your enjoyment.
Regular services will resume Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Del Mar Gate Operation Changes
Based on direction from the Amenity Authority Committee (AAC) at the November 2018 meeting, residents will begin to see operational changes at the Del Mar gate during the week of December 17, 2018 to improve the overall functionality of the gate. Some of the changes you may begin to see include:
December 19, 2018 through January 6, 2019 – the gate will operate as a “visitor lane” style gate in which the Gate Attendant will open the gate for all users. The Gate Attendant will NOT use a hand held stop sign or be stationed on the sidewalk near the roadway. The gate arm activation switch is located in the gatehouse where the attendant will be located. The Gate Attendant will have discretion to lock the gate in the “up” position during heavy traffic, as necessary.
January 7, 2019 through January 26, 2019 – the gate will be operated in “automatic open mode”. The Gate Attendant will be stationed in the doorway to provide customer service and greet users. As users approach the gate, the arm will automatically open WITHOUT the use of a gate access card or push of the button. The Gate Attendant will have the discretion to lock the gate in the “up” position during heavy traffic, as necessary.
We appreciate your patience as we attempt to improve the functionality and customer service provided at the Del Mar Gate. Please use caution and reduce your speed when approaching the gate and pay attention to all directions provided by the Gate Attendant. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Community Watch at (352) 753-0550.
Save the Date
The Amenity Authority Committee (AAC) directed Staff to receive input from residents and Resident Lifestyle Volunteer Groups for both internal and external recreation center features, such as meeting space, storage, restrooms, facility enhancements, type of pool and other considerations for the property located at the First Baptist Church, 16985 SE 79th Clearview Ave., The Villages in Marion County. On January 7, 2019, the survey will be posted online at www.DistrictGov.org and will be available at all recreation centers. For additional information, please contact Recreation Administration at (352) 674-1800.
Save the Date Flyer
Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk
New signage has been added to the Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk to help educate visitors on the nature found along the trail. Drop by and take a look.
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.
Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling Facilities
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling facilities will be closed periodically for maintenance. Please see the schedule below for a listing of closure dates. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Fenney Recreation Center at 352-674-8460.
The Recreation & Parks department and staff appreciate the communication from our residents on the recent changes occurring with the Recreation News. This recent round of changes is a vetting process that our department has been working on over the last several years. Currently the process, is reviewing how to best manage information by showcasing the provided resident lifestyle contacts weekly club listings every 1st and 3rd week of the month.
All scheduled activities will continue to appear under the recreation center where it is being hosted, as well be being listed on our Districtgov.org website. At a minimum in the Recreation News it will be appearing weekly under the recreation center where it is scheduled and twice a month in the club listings for this vetting process.
Our team has also been researching how technology can play a positive role in providing recreation information from the convenience of your smart phone or computer. We are excited about what the future holds working on this project. Please allow us the opportunity to continue to vet through all the respective areas so the Recreation News can continue to be a staple of our community today and in the future.
The polo player entrance gate off of Buena Vista Boulevard is locked. All clubs will need to enter through the electronic gate at the south end during off season. Walkers and approved Resident Lifestyle Groups will be allowed admittance from 7:00a.m. -12:00p.m. The timer is being set and the gate will automatically open as each car/golf cart hits the pad during these hours. For further information, please contact Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 352-259-5377.
The Recreation Department has created consistent and uniform guidelines regarding inclement weather that may impact the public, health, safety and well-being of staff, volunteers, participants and facilities. Please click here for the complete guidelines!
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.
Announcement from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Effective July 1, 2013, The Florida Legislature amended FS 319.14 to allow the conversion of a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) to a golf cart. For additional information on the process of converting a LSV to a golf cart, please click here.