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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 904-310-3350 for more information.

Parks Master Plan
workshop photo
October 2, 2015: The Parks Master Plan is available for review and will go to the City Commission on October 20th. The draft Comprehensive Plan language has been reviewed by the City's Planning Advisory Board and will also be reviewed by the City Commission at the October 20th meeting. View the plan here. (Please be patient as the document may take a moment to load.)

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.  They will review the plan on October 20th, 2015.

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. 

7th Annual Butts & Brisket Competition - this Saturday, October 10th
Main Beach Park (moved from Central Park)

Judging begins at 12:30pm.  $10 Lunch plates go on sale at 12:00pm (bbq from a competing team, sides, and drink).  Other food and beverage concessions available for purchase throughout the day, as well as arts & crafts, corn hole games, and live music. 

For more information, call 904-310-3350.

Click on the following link for an event flyer:  2015 Butts & Brisket Cook-Off

Halloween Carnival - October 17th
Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium
All ages

Come dressed in your costumes and enjoy an evening of games, crafts, face painting, tasty treats, hay rides, and more!  Game and refreshment tickets are only $.25 each.

For more information, email Felicia Giannini: 

"Refuse to be a Victim" Seminar Series
From the "Be Safe & Secure" educational series, managing partner Bernard Martinage presents his "Refuse to be a Victim" seminar series to the City of Fernandina Beach.  Learn how to refuse to be a victim of crime by establishing a personal safety strategy.

The seminar series consists of four (4) workshops, all held at the Peck Center Reception Room:
  • Tuesday, October 13th from 7:00-10:00pm:  "Security and Defense in the Home"
  • Tuesday, October 27th from 7:00-10:00pm:  "Outside the Home Personal Physical Security"
  • Tuesday, November 10th from 7:00-10:00pm:  "Technological Security, Fraud"
  • Tuesday, November 24th from 7:00-10:00pm:  "Senior Citizens Safety & Abuse"

Seating is limited to 24 people for each workshop. 

$19.99 per workshop
$69.99 for all four workshops

Reservations may be made at the Atlantic Recreation Center by phone (904-310-3350) or in person.

For more information, click on the following link for an informational flyer:  Refuse to be a Victim series


Central Park Tennis Courts #3 & #4 ready for play!
The renovation project of Central Park Tennis Courts #3 & #4 was completed in July of 2015.  The courts themselves were completely re-surfaced, and new fence was installed around them.  The project was partially funded by a $50,000 grant the City received through the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP).

CP Tennis 3 and 4

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.

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