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Parks & Recreation
Nan Voit
Nan Voit, Director of Parks & Recreation

Cindy Nance, Office Assistant

Donna Kelley, Office Assistant

Parks & Recreation Dept.
2500 Atlantic Avenue
Fernandina Beach, FL  32034

Ph: (904) 310-3350
Fax: (904) 310-3462

8:00am - 6:30pm
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

The Parks & Recreation Department is committed to enriching the quality of life through exceptional programs, parks, and other facilities, while preserving the community’s natural environment for the enjoyment of our citizens.  The Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for:

  • City Parks
  • Sports and Fitness Facilities
  • Recreation Centers/Swimming Pools
  • Egans Creek Greenway
  • Amelia Island Lighthouse
  • Bosque Bello Cemetery
  • Landscaping of Historic Downtown
  • Special Events Permits
  • Fernandina Beach Bicycling Routes

The Department also offers various adult and youth sports and activities, aquatics programs, youth camps, senior programs, instructed programs, and special events.

Financial assistance is available for any City resident that meets the financial criteria. Anyone interested should call the Atlantic Center Administrative Office at 310-3350 for more information.

Parks Master Plan
workshop photo
April 17, 2015: The Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan draft will be sent to the state Department of Economic Opportunity for review since they funded the parks plan project through a grant. After state comment, the plan will be shared with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and then the City Commission for approval. A simultaneous effort will involve amending the City Comprehensive Plan's Recreation and Open Space element to update language based on the plan.

The plan is a proposal only at this point - it will be up to the City Commission to adopt the plan.

Parks Workshops:
  • On April 13th, David Barth, the City's park consultant, presented a final presentation to the City Commission on the parks project. Click here to view the presentation. The findings are also presented in this poster.
  • On March 19th, the City's parks consultants presented an assessment of findings to date to both the City Commission and to the public at two separate workshops. Findings, including a summary of information from the public survey, and ideas for moving forward are included in the presentation, available here.
  • On February 26th, David Barth and Carlos Perez, the City's park master plan consultants, facilitated a public workshop on the parks, recreation, and open space system in the City. Click here to review their presentation. They asked for general input on recommendations for improving the park system, and then invited participants to comment on specific parks with what people would recommend changing (or not) about that park, recreation area, or open space.The group also discussed different types of funding options for parks systems. Information from this workshop, along with the survey, will be used in creation of the parks and recreation master plan. 

Register for Teen 3-on-3 Basketball League through June 29th

We are offering a Teen 3-on-3 Basketball League at Peck Gym this summer.  Two age divisions:
  • 12 - 14
  • 15 - 17 (must be in high school)

Games on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in July.  Register as teams.  5-person roster limit.  8 teams maximum in each division.  $25/person City residents, $30 Non-City. 

For more information, click on the "Athletics" link in the left hand column.

Register now for Summer Youth Tennis Clinics
Maharaj Tennis Services is offering Summer Youth Tennis Clinics at Central Park Tennis Courts for nine (9) weeks beginning June 8th.  All clinics are 2 days per week and will be instructed by Rod Gibson, USPTA 1.
  • Level 1 (ages 4-8):  Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:15am
  • Level 2 (ages 6-10):  Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:15am - 12:00pm
  • Level 3 (ages 8-12):  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Level 4 (ages 11 & up):  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:00pm
  • Level 5 (ages 11 & up):  Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00pm

Pre-registration is required. 

For more information, click on the "Tennis" link in the left hand column.

Register now for Summer Aquatics Programs
Register now for our summer aquatics programs at the Atlantic Recreation Center.  Our summer programs include:
  • Group swimming lessons - American Red Cross Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Jr. Lifeguard Program - two sessions for ages 8 - 11, two sessions for sessions for ages 12 - 15
  • Jr. Beach Guard Program - four sessions for ages 10 - 15
  • Aqua Adventure Camp - June 29th - July 2nd for ages 10 and up

Click on the following link for descriptions of swimming lesson levels and the summer schedule of group lessons:  2015 Summer Swimming Lessons brochure

Click on the following link for descriptions of the Jr. Lifeguard and Jr. Beach Guard programs and Aqua Adventure Camps:  2015 Jr. Lifeguard, Jr. Beach Guard and Aqua Adventure Camps


City Resident Verification Cards
In order to receive City resident rates for pool (Atlantic and MLK, Jr. Pools) or fitness (Atlantic Fitness Room and Peck Gym) use, patrons must show City Resident Verification Cards. Applications for cards are available at the Atlantic Recreation Center and Peck Gym or download application here.  Proof of residency (driver’s license, City water bill) required.  First card is free; additional or lost cards are $1.00 each.  Please allow 1-5 business days for cards to be produced. Cards must be renewed September 30th of each year.

Main Beach Boardwalk
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The renovated Main Beach Boardwalk officially opened during a ceremony on February 20, 2014, It is now a 300-foot long raised wooden boardwalk, with two accessible beach access points.  It also includes turtle friendly lighting and two pavilions (sizes:  20' x 20' and 15' x 25').  The pavilions are available for private rental.  Call 310-3350 for rental information.   

Solar Heating - Doing our part to save $$$
The solar heating project at the Atlantic Recreation Center Pool was completed in the fall of 2013.  Estimated savings to the City over fifteen years is expected to be $250,000.  At current energy rates, it will take 4 – 5 years to recoup the project cost of $31,900.  The solar panels will work in conjunction with the electric and gas heaters to warm the pool to a temperature in the mid 80's. 

View pool fees: Link

Atlantic Fitness Room
Fitness Center
This workout facility at the Atlantic Recreation Center possesses all of the equipment you need for a total body workout.  The price is right, whether paying daily or monthly fees, and there are NO initiation fees and NO contracts.  Personal training with a certified trainer is available.  If you're ready to get in shape, this facility will meet all of your fitness needs. 

Fitness Facility Fees: Link

Fitness Facility / Pool (Combination Membership Fees)
Monthly/Single:   $45 City/$56 Non-City
Monthly/Couple:  $65 City/$74 Non-City
Monthly/Family:   $85 City/$105 Non-City

4 months/Single:   $140 City/$175 Non-City
4 months/Couple:  $225 City/$280 Non-City
4 months/Family:   $255 City/$315 Non-City

12 months/Single:   $380 City/$475 Non-City
12 months/Couple:  $585 City/$725 Non-City
12 months/Family:   $715 City/$890 Non-City