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Learn about current Recreation and Parks projects that are in progress!

(Updates ongoing. Check back regularly.)


ADA Plan

The FY19 project includes sidewalk installation at Highlands East, Highlands West, Walker Park, Jervey Gantt, Lamb and Nature park. Highlands East, Highlands West and Lamb Park are Complete. Remaining parks scheduled to be completed by end of Summer.

Aquatic Center Renovations (Jervey Gantt & Hampton pools)

This project includes interior and exterior renovations to both pools including replacement tile, remartciting and pump repairs. Project Close-out

Coleman Center Improvements

This project includes renovation of the building and construction of a new parking lot to accommodate programs as well as address ADA issues. Project is Complete

Community Cultural Arts Plan

This project includes renovation of the building and construction of a new parking lot to accommodate programs as well as address ADA issues. Project is Complete.

Discovery Center Lift

Staff met with the architect on March 27th to discuss project and review 30% plans. 60% plan review meeting scheduled for May 8th.

Downtown Tree Replacements

Plan for replacement of dead and/or declining trees in the Central Business District. Trees on SE 1st Avenue removed from 2nd street to Broadway. Tree gates are installed. Staff to schedule tree pick up and installation.

E.D. Croskey Center Fitness Center

This project will convert the existing meeting room at the E.D. Croskey Recreation Center into a fitness room. Equipment delivered and installed. Painting of large room complete. Painting and flooring of small room underway. TV installation complete. Mirror being installed by Facilities.

Fisher Park Play Equipment Replacement

Replacement of existing play structure. Equipment has been delivered. Installation scheduled for June.

Fort King National Historic Landmark Fort Reconstruction, Creek Restoration, Driveway, East Lot Prep, Visitor Center Upgrades, Interpretive Signage and Blacksmith Shop

Phase I construction complete. Siding on block houses complete. Electric install complete. Lighting under walkways complete. ADA sidewalk installation scheduled for May.

Pond restoration complete. Staff has completed a plan for landscaping and restoration of plants and trees. Planting to be completed in June/July during rainy season.

This project will ready the East lot site for future development and potential short term use as overflow parking for events at Fort King NHL. Survey complete. Engineering provided topo/elevations plan. Engineering provided design for demolition and grading work. Kathy to provide comments from FKNHL Project committee to Engineering.

Project to update and upgrade interpretive signage at the site and inside the Fort. Grant for Division of Historical Resources submitted. The Florida DHR grant panel review meeting was held. Pending notification of funding from state. Staff researching and will be preparing verbiage for signs.

This project will be to build a blacksmith shop outside of the existing Fort location. Grant for Division of Historical Resources submitted. The Florida DHR grant panel review meeting was held September 5 and 6. Pending notification of funding from State.

Jervey Gantt Softball Field Improvements

This project is to renovate the softball field including field improvements, fencing, dugouts, shade structure and ADA accessible bleachers and plaza. Shade structure is complete. Concrete plaza and lighting complete. Fencing installation complete. Water fountain, bleachers and player benches installation to be complete by May.

Magnolia Relief Sculpture

Final design is complete and sculpture is in fabrication. Installation scheduled for Summer 2019. Fabrication is 50% complete.

Multipurpose Community Center Feasibility Study

Scope of work finalized and out to bid. Bids are due June 13th.

Ocala Golf Club On-Course Restrooms (Back Nine)

This project involves renovation of the restrooms on the back nine of the golf course. Complete. Project Close-out.

Parks Operations Locker Room/Renovation

This project includes converting an existing storage room located at the Parks Operations Center into a multi-stall restroom/locker room. Architect contract executed. Plans at 100%, staff working on scope of work for bidding.

Park Sign Replacement Program

Digital signs for Tuscawilla, MLK and Jervey Gantt complete and functional. Clyatt Park complete. MLK, Jervey Gantt, Tuscawilla rules signs are complete, installation in July. Other rules signs in production.

Recreation and Parks Master Plan Update

Evaluation report for progress on master plan goals underway. List of goals complete. Currently working on narrative report on each goal and updating LOS for each district.

Scott Springs Trail Extension

This project includes the trail extension to the east on Cala Hills property and an extension to the west to connect to the sidewalks on the adjacent road. Survey has revised the legal description and sketch for the easement needed from the Cala Hills group. Staff working through engineering estimate that is over budget.

Ocala Skatepark

Contractor work completed in March. Sidewalk, sod/hydroseeding complete. Fencing installation underway.

Train Station/MAX Renovations

Construction underway. Punch list items completed. Waiting on contractor to provide warranty paperwork.

Tuscawilla Park Master Plan

In spring 2014, City Council adopted the Tuscawilla Park Master Plan. As the "central park" of Ocala and a hub of cultural and active recreation, a master plan helps to provide guidance in management and development of the park. Review the Tuscawilla Park Master Plan.

Recreation and Parks Master Plan

In December 2010, City Council adopted the Recreation and Parks Master Plan to guide department provision of services and planning for future improvements to meet the community's needs. Review the Recreation and Parks Master Plan. 

Recreation, Open Space and Cultural Arts Element of the Comprehensive Plan

The comprehensive plan provides goals for meeting future planning objectives to ensure that community needs are met in a timely and efficient manner. Review the Recreation, Open Space and Cultural Arts Element.