Orange County Government, Florida

Developing New
Park Space

With Orange County’s population growing in leaps and bounds, the INVEST program allots $20 million for the development of new parks or the improvement of existing parks and facilities.

Description

Maintaining 15,000-plus acres and serving 13 million residents and visitors annually, the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division operates 100 parks, trails and facilities, including 11 recreation centers, two senior centers, one swimming pool, five splash pads and 11 public boat ramps. More than 5,000 youth participate in Parks’ sports programs and more than 1,000 attend afterschool and summer camps.

Budget Plans
and Criteria

Demand is not only for open park space, but also for additional multi-purpose sports fields and new trails. Already budgeted is $2.5 million for development of the West Orange Relief High School football stadium. This partnership with Orange County Public Schools leverages County funds to build a multi-purpose stadium for use by the West Orange Relief High School sports teams and recreational opportunities for the community. Additionally, a Legislative Line Item (LLI) grant in the amount of $1 million has been approved by the State to help build a $2 million recreation center in the East Orange Regional Park in Christmas.

The remaining $16.5 million will be leveraged with matching funds from private, not-for-profit and governmental agencies for other Orange County Parks and Recreation projects, not yet determined.

Park Development Criteria include:

  • Identified in Park Growth Analysis
  • Must be a community park or larger
  • If land is purchased, the site must have a sufficient amount of developable uplands

Trail Development Criteria include:

  • Ranked in the Orange County Trails Master Plan
  • Must be ranked and awaiting funding in MetroPlan’s Project Prioritization List or Transportation Improvement Plan
  • Land must be available

Contact Us

Orange County Parks & Recreation Division
4801 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32808

Phone: (407) 836-6200
Fax: (407) 836-6210

All e-mail sent to this address becomes part of Orange County public record. Comments received by our e-mail subsystem can be read by anyone who requests that privilege. In compliance with "Government in the Sunshine" laws, Orange County Government must make available, at request, any and all information not deemed a threat to the security of law enforcement agencies and personnel.