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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
The Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan will be wrapped up by the end of April, and will move forward to the City Commissioners in May or June.

Parks Workshops:
  • 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. 

Slide Into Spring Music Festival: this weekend, March 27th - 29th, at Main Beach Park
Slide Into Spring 2015
For more information, visit

Camp Amelia Summer Camp registration begins April 6th
Registration for our Camp Amelia Summer Camp at the Atlantic Recreation Center begins on Monday, April 6th.  Space is limited!  Age groups:
  • Pre-K - Kindergarten
  • 1st - 2nd grades
  • 3rd - 6th grades

Registration/activity fee due at time of registration:  $125

Weekly fees:

  • City residents:  $85 (additional sibling $75)
  • Non-City residents:  $106 (additional sibling $96)

Click on the following link to download the Summer Camp registration form:  Summer Camp registration form

Click on the following link to download the Summer Camp handbook:  Summer Camp handbook

Registration for Summer Aquatics Programs begins April 6th
Registration for our summer aquatics programs begins April 6th 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 Camps

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


Free Afterschool Swimming Lessons at the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center Pool
We are offering free afterschool swimming lessons, and Junior Lifeguard instruction, to a limited number of qualified participants from April 20th - May 20th through the Amelia Island Lifesaving Association and Ed Gaw Open Water Challenge.

For detailed information on eligibility requirements, days and times of instruction, and a registration form, click on the following link:  Amelia Island Lifesaving Assoc. free swimming lessons 2015

Lifeguard Certification Course: April 17th - 26th, 2015
American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course offered on two consecutive weekends (Friday-Sunday).  Fridays from 5:00-9:00p, Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00am-4:00pm. 

Click on the following link for an informational flyer:  April 2015 Lifeguard Certification Course

Resident ID 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 Resident Verification ID Cards. Applications for cards are available at the Atlantic 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