November 20, 2017
Brinson Perry Dog Park
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition and to ensure adequate time for maintenance, the Brinson Perry Dog Park hours of operation will change, effective December 1, 2017. The new hours will be 7:00 a.m. to Dusk, Monday through Sunday, except on Wednesdays in which the hours will be 9:00 a.m. to Dusk. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the SeaBreeze Recreation Center at 352-750-2488.
Holiday Schedule for the Recreation & Parks Department
All recreation centers, offices, fitness clubs and boat tours will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017. The outdoor facilities, swimming pools, and billiards located at Silver Lake and Saddlebrook will remain open for your enjoyment.
All offices will remain closed on Friday, November 24, 2017 but the recreation centers and fitness clubs will reopen.
On the following dates, Guest ID Card & Trail Fee services will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower and Rohan Recreation Centers:
Friday, November 24th
Saturday, November 25th
Sunday, November 26th
Regular services will resume on Monday, November 27, 2017 and then you can start planning for your December holiday guests! For further information, please stop by your nearest Regional Recreation Center or call 352-674-1800.
The Villages 2017 Christmas Parade
The Villages 2017 Christmas Parade sponsored by the District Recreation & Parks Department will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at The Villages Polo Fields. The gates will open at 10:00 a.m. for spectators and the parade will begin at 12:00 p.m. We ask that golf carts cross over Buena Vista Blvd. via the roadway at the Southern Trace intersection instead of using the golf cart tunnel. Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies will be on location to monitor and assist with traffic control. Please use caution in this area and adhere to all safety measures that event personnel have established to ensure all participants enjoy this event.
Please be aware there may be some traffic congestion at the Polo Ridge postal station during the event hours of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public. Make it a great day and bring your friends and family to enjoy all the fun and excitement the parade has to offer. Please refer to the Daily Sun or the District website, www.districtgov.org, for further information. If you have any questions, please call Lisa Parkyn at 352-753-1716. We hope to see you there.
AARP Tax Aide - UPDATED 10/3/2017
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is expanding its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season! If you’d like to volunteer, there will be two new volunteer orientation sessions at the Sumter County Library at Pinellas Plaza (7375 Powell Rd, Wildwood, FL):
October 25, 2017: 9am-11am (Counselors)
November 14, 2017: 9am-11am (Counselors)
October 25, 2017: 11am (Client Facilitators, registration not required.
Please register on www.villagestaxaide.com (Volunteer tab) for the counselor session you would like to attend as space is limited. More information on volunteering can be found on the website.
If you can’t attend, there will be a live webinar for the October 25 (9-11am) counselor orientation. Please visit www.villagestaxaide.com (Volunteer tab) for the link to access the webinar. The link to the recorded session will be available on the website after the session. If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
The polo player entrance gate off of Buena Vista Boulevard is locked. All clubs will need to enter through the electronic gate at the south end during off season. Walkers and approved Resident Lifestyle Groups will be allowed admittance from 7:00a.m. -12:00p.m. The timer is being set and the gate will automatically open as each car/golf cart hits the pad during these hours. For further information, please contact Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 352-259-5377.
The Recreation Department has created consistent and uniform guidelines regarding inclement weather that may impact the public, health, safety and well-being of staff, volunteers, participants and facilities. Please click here for the complete guidelines!
Recreation Center Emergency Address Information
Our dedicated staff is here to help you get the most out of your unique Villages lifestyle. When enjoying your choice of activities, we ask that you remember participating in recreational activities always involves some degree of risk. Participants assume full responsibility for and risk of bodily injury arising out of or in any way connected with participation or involvement in or presence at the activity or program. To assist you with emergency situations, the recreation department has provided all outside recreation areas with a bulletin board that has important 911 information including the address/county/phone number you are calling from. Emergency 911 phones are located at all equipment buildings and pools with pertinent emergency information. We encourage all residents to become familiar with their recreation centers and 911 information. Please when visiting any recreation center or swimming pool take a moment to locate these helpful areas.
Announcement from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Effective July 1, 2013, The Florida Legislature amended FS 319.14 to allow the conversion of a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) to a golf cart. For additional information on the process of converting a LSV to a golf cart, please click here.