By Robert Beall, Operations Manager, Sanford Parks & Recreation Department
Are you looking for things to do this summer in Sanford? The City of Sanford Parks and Recreation Department hosts a variety of park sites that the family can enjoy all summer long. With twenty-eight parks located throughout the City and featuring a range of activities that include walking trails, playgrounds, workout areas, picnic facilities, fishing and even a pool and splash pad, there is plenty to keep you cool during those hot summer days. Enjoy our list of can’t miss city parks and create some great summer memories!
Ft. Mellon Park
Located at 600 E. 1st St. and along the beautiful St. Johns River and scenic Lake Monroe, this park’s amenities include two lighted basketball courts, exercise stations and walking paths. Activities for the family include a large fort playground area for the 5-12 year old adventurers and a steamboat playground for the younger 2-5 year olds. If you are looking to beat the summer heat this park features Seminole County’s largest splash pad. The park also contains one large and six small pavilions that are available for picnics, company outings or hosting family reunions.
The Sanford RiverWalk is a paved bike and pedestrian trail located on Seminole Boulevard that is situated along Lake Monroe and currently runs nearly two miles in length. On a daily basis you can see people walking, running, biking and fishing. There are stunning views along the waterfront, especially during sunset hours with picturesque orange, purple and pink skies. Local wildlife can be found in abundance making a trip to the RiverWalk a great photographic outing. Relax at one of the many benches and swing pavilions while partaking of the view and learn about the history of Sanford on information kiosks found along the trail. Known as a popular gathering spot, the park always has lots of local residents around that can answer questions about the area.
Located at 400 S. Park Ave. is Centennial Park. Rebuilt in 2017, Centennial has a beautiful lighted gazebo set back in the park which is perfect for small weddings or social gatherings. The historic style of the architecture blends well with the surrounding neighborhood and the park also features grand oaks and landscape throughout. The nearby Bettye Smith Cultural Arts Center provides a convenient location for weddings and receptions.
George Touhy Park
Nestled in the historic downtown district at 601 Elm Ave. is George Touhy Park. An eclectic park full of shade and serenity, the park serves as a quiet area to sit near the sounds of a soothing water fountain, do some light reading or stroll around the brick walkways learning about the different types of trees in Sanford.
Park on Park
If you are looking for a shaded area for the kids to play then Park on Park is an ideal location. Considered a playground for all ages, the park is located at 800 S. Park Ave. and has a small shelter area, restrooms and green space to relax, enjoy and or picnic.
James Dunn Park
James Dunn Park is a neighborhood park located at 2200 Bel-Air Blvd. that has a small pond and fountain. Home to several ducks and peacocks, the park is a quiet area to sit and interact with wildlife.
Located in the Groveview Subdivision at 306 Springview Drive, this park has activities for everyone! Featuring tennis courts basketball courts, areas for handball and pickleball, a walking trail, and a workout area, this park has something for everyone.
Lee P. Moore Park
This park is located at 106 Sweet Bay Drive and is a great area to exercise and explore. At this location you will find basketball courts, tennis courts, an area for pickleball, racquetball courts, a walking trail, an exercise area, a playground, two pavilions, and even a ballfield for kickball or softball. Lee P. Moore Park is open and currently being renovated to add even more exciting features for families. Look for the improvements to be completed by late fall of 2019.
Sanford’s public parks, along with our Florida sunshine, create fun summer, lifelong memories. Consider visiting the many city parks this summer, if not all year round, and start making those memories.
For more information regarding these parks or for rental information, please contact the Sanford Parks and Recreation Department at (407) 688-5103.