Parks & Recreation

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:

The Department also offers or co-sponsors various adult and youth sports and activities; aquatics programs and scuba instruction; youth afterschool programs and summer camps; senior programs; instructed programs; and special events.

Financial assistance is available for City-sponsored programs to any City resident that meets the financial criteria. Anyone interested should call the Atlantic Center Administrative Office at 904-310-3350 for more information.

To download a Financial Assistance Application, please click on the following link: Financial Assistance Application

Please allow three (3) business days for notification of approval or denial of financial assistance. Notification may be made by phone call, email, or mailed letter.

Register for our programs online!

You now have the capability to register for our programs online through the Parks & Recreation Department's RecPro website:  First-time users must create accounts.

Currently, users may register for the following programs on the RecPro website:

  • Amelia Pre-school, Camp Amelia Afterschool, and Summer Camp Amelia at the Atlantic Recreation Center
  • Senior trips
  • Homeschool swim clinics (spring and fall)
  • Summer group swimming lessons
  • Summer Aqua Adventure Camp
  • Summer Junior Lifeguard Exploration
  • Scuba certification
  • 1-month, 4-months, and 12-months passes for Fitness, Pool, and Water Aerobics
  • Adult sports leagues

Also, rental fees for pavilions in City parks may be paid online, and requests for facility rentals may be made.

Ichetucknee River Tubing Trip in August

Join us for a river tubing excursion on the refreshing  Ichetucknee River in Ft. White, Florida!  Details below.

Date of trip:  Tuesday, August 7th
Departure time / Return time:  7:30am departure from the Atlantic Recreation Center.  Return at approximately 6:30pm.  Travel time of 2.5 hours each way.
Cost:  $30 City residents, $38 Non-City.  Includes transportation, entry into park, tram fee, and basic tube rental.  Register at the Atlantic Recreation Center or online at
What to bring:  Lunch (or purchase items at park's concession stand); sunscreen; shoes that can be worn in the river. 

NOTE:  Non-swimming children must bring or rent life jackets on-site to wear and be accompanied by responsible adults.

Email Kathy Russell for more information: 

Register now for Summer Group Swimming Lessons

Register at the Atlantic Recreation Center.  Morning lessons at Atlantic Pool, evening lesson at MLK, Jr. Pool.

For full schedule, click on the following link:  Summer group swimming lessons schedule

Register for Fall Adult Co-ed Softball League 

Registration for the fall Co-ed Open Softball League will be held for 2 weeks:

  • On-time - July 23rd - 27th:  $360 team registration fee
  • Late - July 30th - August 3rd:  $385 team registration fee
  • Two-game forfeit fee due by August 10th:  $72
  • Season begins August 13th

Click on the following link for more information:  Fall Co-ed Softball League registration

Women's Self Defense Classes

Women's Self Defense classes are now being offered at the Peck Center on Thursday evenings.  Click on the "Martial Arts / Self Defense" link in the left-hand column for more information.

MLK, Jr. Recreation Center Survey/Questionnaire

We are interested in the community's input about new programs and events they would like to see offered at the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center on Elm Street.  Please download and complete the following Survey/Questionnaire:  MLK, Jr. Center Survey/Questionnaire

Completed surveys may be:

  • Returned to the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center, 1200 Elm Street;
  • Picked up by John Coverdell, Supervisor of the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center.  Please call 904-310-3351 or 904-556-6950; or
  • Scanned and emailed to 

Parks Master Plan

October 20, 2015: The City Commission adopted the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  This plan is directed by the City's Comprehensive Plan in the Recreation and Open Space Element.

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.  City Resident Cards must be obtained at the Atlantic Recreation Center.  To obtain a card, a patron must show proof of address (driver's license, City water bill).  City resident status will be confirmed via the Nassau County Property Appraiser's website.  Patron will then have his/her picture taken.  First card is free, replacement cards are $5 each.

NOTE:  Active and retired U.S military receive City resident rates on all applicable department programs with valid military identification

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 - cardio equipment; selectorized machines; resistance bands; free weights; and more.  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