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:
- City parks and playgrounds
- Sports and fitness facilities
- Recreation centers/swimming pools
- Egans Creek Greenway
- Amelia Island Lighthouse
- Bosque Bello Cemetery
- Landscaping of Historic Downtown
- Bicycling brochure and map
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.
Lap Swim, Public Swim, and Water Aerobics - Cold Weather Advisory
Although the Atlantic Pool is heated, it will be covered and closed to swimming when air temperatures are below 35o F. During business hours, you may call 904-310-3350 ext. 1 for the status of pool closure. You may also click on the weather icon at the top of this page for the official weather.
Register for our programs online!
You now have the capability to register for our programs online through the Parks & Recreation Department's RecPro website: www.cofbparksandrec.us. 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.
Swim with Manatees in Crystal River!
The Parks & Recreation Department is offering individuals, families, and friends the opportunity to swim and/or snorkel with manatees through American Pro-Dive Center in Crystal River, Florida.
Date of trip: Sunday, February 18th
Depart the Atlantic Recreation Center at 5:15am. Return at approximately 5:00pm.
$60 City residents, $75 Non-City
Fee includes transportation; Manatee Education Program; Snorkeling Experience (guided boat trip); and snorkeling gear/wetsuit.
For more information, click on the following link: Swim with manatees trip - February 2018
Free Tax Filing Assistance at Atlantic Recreation Center
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is providing free electronic (E-File) and paper income tax filing assistance for low to moderate income tax filers at the Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium. Tax filing assistance begins on January 30th and continues through April 17th.
Days and times available:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:30-3:30pm
- Wednesdays: 3:30-7:30pm
Appointments are highly recommended. Please call 904-530-6500 ext. 1 to make an appointment.
What to bring with you:
- Photo identification
- Social Security Card
- 2016 tax return
- 2017 tax documents - W-2; 1099; SSA-1099; 1095 A, B, or C. If in doubt, bring the document.
Lifeguard Certification Course in March
Participants must pass a 30-minute pre-test (3 available dates) and attend all classroom and skills sessions. Course fee is non-refundable.
$159 City residents, $199 Non-City
For more information, click on the following link: March 2018 Lifeguard Certification Course
Ping Pong in the Atlantic Auditorium
Play ping pong in the Auditorium at the Atlantic Recreation Center on Tuesdays (5:00-7:00pm)* and Thursdays (9:00am-12:00pm)*. All skill levels welcomed.
*No ping pong on the following days:
- April 19th, 2018
- May 17th
Bring your own paddle. For more information, call Don Hughes (904-415-0667) or David DeMay (352-409-1778).
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
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