Families, Parks and Recreation
Support and strengthen livable neighborhoods through the provision of: quality recreational, cultural and educational facilities and programs; well-maintained and inviting open spaces; and inspire people to appreciate and understand plants and the environment of Central Florida.
Opportunities with FPR
The Families, Parks & Recreation Department includes the Parks Division, Recreation Division, Orlando After-School All-Stars, and Dubsdread Golf Course.
The Recreation Division offers the citizens of Orlando quality recreational, fitness, cultural, and educational facilities and programs. The division is comprised of 17 recreation centers, 10 pools, four parks, 67 athletic fields, 15 tennis courts, two tracks, four racquetball courts, 289 adult athletic teams, 137 youth athletic leagues and an extensive cultural arts program. In addition, the division has under its umbrella the City of Orlando’s centerpiece Lake Eola Park, Park of the Americas, the Orlando Skateboard Park, Festival Park, Older Adult centers (2) and an Exceptional Recreation program for children with disabilities. The goal of the division is to meet the recreational interests and needs of the growing community, while providing high quality service.
The City of Orlando
Parks Division is responsible for overseeing the parks, street
tree canopy, and open spaces throughout the
City. There are over 100 parks that are
located within the City, in neighborhoods,
adjacent to Community Centers, scenic parks,
parks with exercise courses, bike paths and
Administration supports the division through budget, payroll and administrative services. They design and oversee park renovation and construction projects and manage facility rentals and events. The Grounds Maintenance section provides the City’s Parks with adequate mowing, edging, trimming, trash removal, mulching, sod/seeding, weeding, rest-room cleaning and parking lot cleaning. The Forestry section maintains the street tree canopy; administers the City of Orlando Tree Management Plan; enforces the City’s Tree Protection Ordinance and removes hazardous trees on City property. The Environmental Horticulture section is responsible for landscape management of parks including maintenance and installation of landscape beds, pesticide application, and fertilization in parks; installs and maintains efficient irrigation systems for Park landscape and turf areas; is responsible for street tree planting programs and Dedicated Tree Program. The Green Up Orlando program encourages citizens and groups to plant trees and shrubs, beautify their neighborhoods and raise public awareness and pride in Orlando, “The City Beautiful”, and promote the benefits of volunteer efforts in partnership with the City.
The Orlando Community and Youth Trust, Inc. is a non-profit organization created on September 9, 1994, to support the mission of the City of Orlando Department of Families, Parks, and Recreation (FPR). It is FPR's fundraising entity, making projects possible that are not regularly part of the department's allocated funds. Projects and activities funded by the Trust enhance the quality of life for youth, families, and senior citizens living in the City of Orlando. Click here for more information on how to donate to the Orlando Community and Youth Trust, Inc.
The Orlando After-School All-Stars (formerly Orlando Inner-City Games) offers structured before and after-school programming at seven City of Orlando middle schools, an seven week summer camp program at five City of Orlando middle schools and additional after-schools, such as tennis, golf, ice hockey. Incentive field trips and a music and dance outreach program. The Orlando After-School All-Stars is a 501 c 3 organization, which partners with the City of Orlando’s Families, Parks & Recreation Department in providing quality middle school based programs. After-School All-Star is a chapter of the After-School All-Stars Foundation based in Los Angeles, California and founded and chaired by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Orlando chapter has an active of Board of Director representing City of Orlando and business leaders from the community.
The historical Dubsdread Golf Course is located just minutes from downtown Orlando. This Orlando classic course features the oldest public layout in the area, originally designed in 1923. This classic course has plenty of history associated with it as the former site of the Orlando Open, when it hosted such golf legends as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Claude Harmon. Today, golfers are treated to the same beautiful scenery and challenges of the original course, including narrow fairways and heavily bunkered, "postage stamp" style greens. A full restaurant and bar complete the ultimate golfing experience.
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