Families, Parks and Recreation
favorite part of the City of Orlando is the
playgrounds. Why, because there is a lot of
activities and games to play on them. For example, you
can play tag, kickball, or flag tag. But, one of my
favorite things to is to go down the slide. I also like
being able to run around freely like a butterfly. I have
a big family and we love to go to the exciting
Lake Eola and have a picnic, walk around to stay in
shape, and enjoy the view that helps us to relax."
Citrus Square Recreation Site
"Every day when I leave
school I go to the
John H. Jackson Community Center. There is tutoring,
computers, and lots of games. I enjoy going outside and
playing with my friends on the sunny days. I can’t wait
for the pool to open again because I like the water a
lot. We do so many different activities and meet lots of
new people. I go to SWAT on Thursdays, which teaches us
about drugs and alcohol and what they do to our bodies.
On Fridays, we have Rock for Hunger when volunteers come
and we play games and they bring cool treats. I always
enjoy going to the center because it is a great place to
John H. Jackson
"The City of Orlando
offers a lot of great things to my community. As a fifth
grader, one thing I really enjoy is the City of
Orlando’s playground and parks. It is a place that is
clean, safe, and fun. The City of Orlando’s playgrounds
and parks are always clean. The City does a good a job
on keeping the parks litter free. I also find that there
are recycling bins too. Keeping the environment clean
offers a healthy place for me to play. They playgrounds
are also a safe place for me to play. In the playground
there are never unsafe objects around to injure me and
there are always responsible adults around that make me
feel secure while I am playing. My favorite part about
City of Orlando playgrounds and parks is that they are
great places for families to go together. They are
places I always want to go with my mom and grandma. When
we go the parks they are always nice and quiet. My
favorite park is
Lake Eola. It has a great playground with swings,
slides, and monkey bars."
Dr. I. Sylvester Hankins Park Recreation Site
"Orlando is my city and I
am going to tell you why it is playful. First, Orlando
is a playful city because of the wonderful
Rosemont Community Center. It has special events for
the holidays such as Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving,
and Black History Month. Second, Orlando is a playful
city because of its
beautiful parks. These parks have playgrounds, big
open fields, basketball courts, pavilions, and pools.
There are always people walking dogs, kids swimming,
playing, and running. Now, you know why I think my city
is playful because our wonderful Rosemont Center and
"What I like about
Ivey Lane Park is that you can go play on it. They
have a tennis court and a basketball court. They have
lots of things to play on. We have walking trails. We
also have an amphitheater, which is fun too. I like
going on the big playground and it is very fun. We also
have a pavilion that you can eat under. I like going
under the pavilion. I like the playground because when
you go after school all your friends are there. So that
is exactly why I like the playground. It is fun to play
on with my friends."
Ivey Lane Recreation Site
August 10, 2004
City of Orlando
Community & Youth
After five years of being regular
users of this program my two daughters are saying good
bye to Colonialtown. It has been five wonderful years
were my kids were well taking care of by all your
personnel at this center.
My older daughter, Tanya
SanInocencio, is now a sixth grader at Glenridge Middle
School; and her sister Jasmine is attending Audubon Park
Elementary. For this reason they won't be attending your
excellent program at Colonialtown this year.
Thru all this
years the Colonialtown's staff has always been so caring
of my daughters and their well being. Everybody was
always so responsible and treat everybody (from parents
to students) with a lot of respect, courtesy, and tact.
Nobody ever hesitated to lend us a helping hand no
matter what situation may had arisen on any given day.
want to express our deepest appreciation to everybody,
but especially to:
-Ms. Cheryl D. Cummings
-Ms. Linda (former Director)
-Ms. Ann (former staff member)
-Ms. Gladys (former staff member)
-Mr. Oliveros (former staff member)
the good job and hope more families in need could enjoy
great community programs like this one.
Gloria L. Morales
Colonialtown Neighborhood Center
today and learned you are out of town, but I wanted to
sure to thank you and your staff for the way you
treated my nephew
Frankie last week. He had a
wonderful time, but more importantly,
him so much. He couldn't stop talking about what a
great person you are, etc., etc. You were such a great
model for him
and I appreciate the care and attention
you gave him.
Thank you so much Gary and please thank
your staff as well. The
atmosphere at your center is
so positive and reflects the type of
manager that you
Dr. J. B. Callahan Neighborhood Center
Thank you all for getting the
fountains to work. My apologies for getting back so late
to you, but I wanted my autistic son to taste the water
himself. When Autistic kids such as Christopher get
thirsty, they run up to the nearest water source to
drink. Whether it is a puddle on the ground or someone
else's water bottle, they just jump in and drink.
Having a working water fountain at the park by his
residential program will help me teach him how to use an
appropriate drinking water source. Thank you. It is the
little things like this that mean a lot to us citizens!!
December 7, 2005
you / Commissioner Vargo and Orlando City Staff
Dear Commissioner Vargo and the Orlando Parks and
I wanted to take the time
to express my appreciation for your maintenance
the Rosemont preserve and other city parks. I especially
am thankful for the Rosemont property because I run
around, bike, kayak and enjoy the park each and every
I have noticed a reduction in trash and
debris since the trashcans were placed in the park, as I
pick up trash almost daily and have since I moved to
Rosemont in 1993. Recently, the trees were trimmed and
the entire area shows city pride in maintaining the
area’s natural beauty.
So often people are
complaining about what the city does not do. I want to
let you know that your efforts are appreciated and
enjoyed by many residents in the area.
Dominick C. Castellano
Rosemont Community Center
February 28, 2006
400 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, Fl 32802
Mayor Buddy Dyer:
very happy to have the opportunity to acknowledge
Y’Isiah Lopes, Regional Manager of the Loch Haven Park
Neighborhood Center, as a community leader and role
model for Middle School Teens throughout Orange County.
Y’Isiah has shown support by participating in events
held by ThinkSmart. He has helped develop communication
with other City Recreational facilities; to name a few:
Dover Shores, Engelwood, Citrus Square, Rosemont, and
Colonialtown. STARS clubs will be developing leadership
that can move on to teen committees for the Rock Haven
City Re-mix (RHCR).
Y’Isiah, in his role as
Chairman of the RHCR Dance recently teamed up with
ThinkSmart for the City Re-mix Valentine’s Day Dance.
This dance provided teens with a fun-filled evening and
a safe environment. Y’Isiah introduced ThinkSmart to one
of the City’s proactive Teen outreach leaders, Toni
Shinn founder of CCSI, again leading a stronger
community effort for our youth.
As you may
already know, ThinkSmart is a character building
abstinence education program dedicated to providing
teens–ages 12 to 18–with the facts about discrimination,
racism, violence, tobacco, alcohol, drugs and premarital
sex. For more information about ThinkSmart, log on to
our new Web site at www.ThinkSmartFlorida.com.
takes a strong community effort to provide teens and
parents with programs and activities that can help make
healthy life choices. Whether it’s getting involved with
ThinkSmart’s STARS clubs or joining Y’Isiah at the Rock
Haven City Re-mix Dance, teens now have options for fun,
I find it important to keep
you informed, as a community leader, of the different
programs offered within this community for teens and
their parents. That said, I am happy to update you on
some of our community STARS.
Click here to read a letter from Lighthouse Central
Loch Haven Neighborhood Center.
Click here to
read a letter from the Center for Drug-Free Living's
Arthur Jackson Midnight Basketball program regarding
Orlando Downtown Recreation Complex.