Category Archives: Parks

Old Homosassa Heritage Park

Almost three years ago, Roger Cullen, a resident of Old Homosassa, formed the “Access to the River” committee with the goal of creating a county park on the Homosassa River.  There is no free public access to the residents of the county to the river.  The original committee was made up of representatives of the … Continue reading Old Homosassa Heritage Park

Citrus County Parks and Recreation Concerts Schedule

Citrus County Parks and Recreation is happy to announce an exciting lineup for their 2017/2018 Concert series! Tickets and season passes will go on sale Monday, Oct 2 at the Parks Administration office, 2804 W Marc Knighton Ct., Lecanto. All concerts will be performed at the Citrus Springs Community Center, which is located at 1570 … Continue reading Citrus County Parks and Recreation Concerts Schedule

Hernando County Parks Status

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department has worked diligently to cleanup parks to prepare them for use. Hernando County Parks re-opening: Anderson Snow is open Veterans Park is open Bayport Park is open Delta Woods Park is open Jenkins Creek Fishing Pier is open Rotary Centennial Dog Park is open Pine Island Park will be … Continue reading Hernando County Parks Status

Crystal River Preserve State Park seeking Volunteers

Join the Crystal River team for the 28th Annual Lakes, Rivers and Coastal Cleanup Raise your hand to volunteer to make a difference for the  environment on Saturday September 16th, 2017.   The Crystal River Preserve State Park is seeking volunteers to join our team and work with Park staff removing debris along a nine mile … Continue reading Crystal River Preserve State Park seeking Volunteers

Land O’ Lakes Heritage Stage Grand Opening Aug. 17

Official ribbon cutting for the new LOL Community Center The Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Department will be holding a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate a new performing arts stage in Pasco County. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Community … Continue reading Land O’ Lakes Heritage Stage Grand Opening Aug. 17

Pool Party Aug. 12 at NPR Rec Center

Thinking about school starting soon?  Feeling like you haven’t had enough summer yet? On the evening of August 12th the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center will be THE place for FUN IN THE SUN! From 6pm-9pm the Aquatic Center pools will be open for our third and final pool party of the summer … Continue reading Pool Party Aug. 12 at NPR Rec Center

Exploring Nature Coast Springs

There is nothing like hopping into a 72-degree spring on a hot, humid day to cool the body and soothe the soul. Florida is graced with many natural springs, providing crystal clear, cool (some would say cold) water and the Nature Coast has a great concentration of these magical geological phenomena. Although we tend to … Continue reading Exploring Nature Coast Springs

Outdoor adventure campers join quest to build artificial Reefs

Outdoor Adventures Summer Campers helped construct reef pods that will be deployed later this year as part of Hernando County’s artificial reef program. Port Authority member Steve Barton created a simple reef pod design that students could easily construct. These reef pods will be used to increase deep cover and habitat for a variety of … Continue reading Outdoor adventure campers join quest to build artificial Reefs

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park Opens Day-Use Area

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service opened a new day-use area at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park June 23. Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park provides picturesque coastal habitat types for a wide variety of outdoor resource-based recreational activities in one of the fastest growing areas of the state.  Visitors can enjoy fishing … Continue reading Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park Opens Day-Use Area

Pasco County purchases 116 acres of land for conservation

ELAMP acquires land and expands Crews Lake Wilderness Park Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is pleased to announce its Environmental Lands Acquisition Program (ELAMP) purchased a total of 116 acres of land for conservation in May, 2017 with the acquisition of the following two properties, nominated by the landowners: On May 3, 2017, … Continue reading Pasco County purchases 116 acres of land for conservation

Public boat ramp closures due to low water levels

The Lake Townsen Park and Nobleton Park public boat ramps, located on the Withlacoochee River, will be temporarily closed to boat traffic due to low water levels making launching difficult. The ramps remain open for launching kayaks and canoes. Minor ramp repairs will be made during the temporary closures.

Thousands take part in Earth Day festivities

Pasco County’s 22nd Earth Day is hugely successful Thousands of people showed up to celebrate Earth Day in Pasco County at Crews Lake Wilderness Park.  Approximately 2,800 people attended the April 22, 2017 event – a 37% increase from 2016! All the Earth Day activities focused on environmental educational with the help of 35 vendors … Continue reading Thousands take part in Earth Day festivities

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park to Reopen May 20

County Park to reopen with limited access on trails Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park will reopen this Saturday, May 20, 2017, although sections of many trails still remain off limits. The park was closed for safety concerns and to provide access to firefighters dealing with the recent wildfire. Here is the latest information from the … Continue reading Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park to Reopen May 20

Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

Kayaking and canoeing are peaceful ways of interacting with nature on the water and getting healthy exercise, without getting too wet. Florida’s Adventure Coast (Hernando County) recently opened a new paddling trail from Bayport Park to Linda Pedersen Park to  give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy what makes Florida’s Nature Coast such a … Continue reading Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

Improved Boat Ramp opens at Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park

Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has opened the newly-renovated boat ramp and floating dock at Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park, nearly a month ahead of schedule.  Construction work on the boat ramp and dock, located at 6345 Clark Street in Hudson, was initially set to be completed at the end of May, 2017. … Continue reading Improved Boat Ramp opens at Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park

Starkey Park and Suncoast Bike Trails closed due to wildfire until further notice

Due to a Pasco wildfire, the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park located at 10500 Wilderness Park Road in New Port Richey, is closed until further notice. The park was evacuated Wednesday afternoon and will be closed until further notice. This includes all bike trails, campers, and day users. The Suncoast Bike Trail from State Road … Continue reading Starkey Park and Suncoast Bike Trails closed due to wildfire until further notice

Nominate New Port Richey to win $20,000 During “Meet Me at the Park”

City with the most nominations wins a grant for a local park through Park Improvement Campaign This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. for a third year. The city that receives … Continue reading Nominate New Port Richey to win $20,000 During “Meet Me at the Park”

Earth Day Celebration 4/22 in Crews Lake Wilderness Park

Celebrate Earth Day in Pasco County at Crews Lake Wilderness Park on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  This fun, family event will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the park, located at 16739 Crews Lake Drive in Spring Hill.  This year marks Pasco County’s 22nd Earth Day celebration promoting environmental education, encouraging volunteerism … Continue reading Earth Day Celebration 4/22 in Crews Lake Wilderness Park

Help Pasco County win a $20,000 park makeover!

April is Earth Month and Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is inviting residents to nominate Pasco County to receive $20,000 in ‘Meet Me at the Park’ grant funding to improve a local park.  Park supporters can vote each day for Pasco County at www.NRPA.org/BeInspired though April 30, 2017.  Every resident who submits a … Continue reading Help Pasco County win a $20,000 park makeover!

Help Rid our Parks of Invasive and Exotic Plants 2/28-3/3

Can you spare a few hours to help bring our parks back to native plant health? See details below: Tuesday February 28, 2017 Hernando County, Chinsegut Manor House, 10am-3pm Chinsegut Manor House has seen disturbance for well over 100 years and has had an influx of dozens of invasive species as well as many other … Continue reading Help Rid our Parks of Invasive and Exotic Plants 2/28-3/3

Bicentennial Park Pool closed February 22

The Bicentennial Park Pool in Crystal River will be closed on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The pool will be having maintenance and updates done on this day. The pool will reopen for normal business hours on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8am. If you have any questions regarding the pool, please call 352-795-1478.

Crystal River Archaeological State Park invites public to a Ranger-Guided Tour 2/4

Join Park Ranger Phil McCord on Saturday February 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  for a one hour guided walk at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park.  The tour will focus on how archaeological sites are threatened by both natural and cultural changes. The Crystal river site consists of much more than the artifacts displayed in … Continue reading Crystal River Archaeological State Park invites public to a Ranger-Guided Tour 2/4

Wilderness Wonderland “Celebration of Lights” Drive Thru Event at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

The Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Department is preparing to light up Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park for the 21st year. Visitors will be welcomed into the cabin area to see lights dance to the festive music. Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park is located at 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd. in New Port Richey. … Continue reading Wilderness Wonderland “Celebration of Lights” Drive Thru Event at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

Public invited to Floral City Bike Trail Ribbon Cutting 12/6

The Board of Citrus County Commissioners invites the public to attend the Withlacoochee State Bicycle Trail Floral City Parking Lot Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 6th at 10:00am. The address for the event is: 8355 East Levy Court, Floral City, Florida 34436. There is no need to RSVP. For more information please contact Citrus … Continue reading Public invited to Floral City Bike Trail Ribbon Cutting 12/6

Fort Cooper State Park Nights of Lights 12/9-11

2016’s Nights of Lights will be held on Dec. 9, 10 and 11 at Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road in Inverness from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The magic and mystery of the holiday season will be experienced by visitors who enter Fort Cooper State Park during the annual Nights of … Continue reading Fort Cooper State Park Nights of Lights 12/9-11

Overflow parking expanded at Anclote River Park

The overflow parking improvements at Pasco County’s Anclote River Park at 1119 Baillies Bluff Rd, Holiday, Florida are complete and the new parking area is now open.  The new boat trailer overflow area includes a spacious, grassy parking area, a paved turnaround loop and marked spaces to better serve the boating community. The overflow parking … Continue reading Overflow parking expanded at Anclote River Park

Learn about Red Wolves at the Wildlife Park

The Red wolf (Canis rufus) is one of the world’s most endangered canids. Red wolves are native to North America and once ranged throughout the Southeast United States including Florida. The Red wolf was designated as an endangered species in 1967. Due to loss of habitat and human-caused mortalities, the Red wolf population nearly vanished … Continue reading Learn about Red Wolves at the Wildlife Park

26th Annual Halloween Harvest Fest to be Held 10/21-22 at Hernando County Fairgrounds

The Hernando County’s Park & Recreation Department’s 26th Annual Halloween Harvest Festival will be held Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 6 to 10 p.m., at the Hernando County Fairgrounds located at 6436 Broad Street in Brooksville. This two-day festival will feature a variety of games, face painting, fantastic food, haunted house, hay ride … Continue reading 26th Annual Halloween Harvest Fest to be Held 10/21-22 at Hernando County Fairgrounds

Wildlife Park Focuses on Bats for October – Lots of Events!

During the month of October, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on learning more about Florida’s bats. Bats are an important part of natural ecosystems. They prey upon insects, some of which are agricultural or human pests. While there are more than 1,000 species of bats worldwide, Florida is home to … Continue reading Wildlife Park Focuses on Bats for October – Lots of Events!

Fort Island Gulf Beach Park Reopens

The Citrus County Division of Parks and Recreation reopened the Fort Island Gulf Beach on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.  The park received extensive damage due to Hurricane Hermine the first weekend of September and has been closed to the public since then. Beginning Saturday, October 1st patrons will be able to enjoy the beach area, … Continue reading Fort Island Gulf Beach Park Reopens