April 20, 2018
Amberwood Executive Golf Course Closure
In our efforts to keep our Executive Golf courses growing and functioning correctly, the Amberwood Executive Golf Course will be closed Monday, April 23, 2018 for approximately two (2) weeks. This closure will allow the course to transition from cool season grasses to the native Bermuda grass. We appreciate your patience as we ensure the best playing surface possible and overall well-being of the course. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information on this transition, please contact District Executive Golf at 352-753-3396.
Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling Facilities
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling facilities will be closed periodically for maintenance. Please see the schedule below for a listing of closure dates. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Fenney Recreation Center at 352-674-8460.
Dudley Canine Park & Archery Range Grand Opening
The Dudley Canine Park & Archery Range Grand Opening has been postponed until April 26, 2018. For more information, click on the link below.
The Recreation & Parks department and staff appreciate the communication from our residents on the recent changes occurring with the Recreation News. This recent round of changes is a vetting process that our department has been working on over the last several years. Currently the process, is reviewing how to best manage information by showcasing the provided resident lifestyle contacts weekly club listings every 1st and 3rd week of the month.
All scheduled activities will continue to appear under the recreation center where it is being hosted, as well be being listed on our Districtgov.org website. At a minimum in the Recreation News it will be appearing weekly under the recreation center where it is scheduled and twice a month in the club listings for this vetting process.
Our team has also been researching how technology can play a positive role in providing recreation information from the convenience of your smart phone or computer. We are excited about what the future holds working on this project. Please allow us the opportunity to continue to vet through all the respective areas so the Recreation News can continue to be a staple of our community today and in the future.
Taxpayers who use Tax-Aide service in The Villages, FL and surrounding areas will be able to make their appointments for the upcoming tax season online beginning December 17, 2017! We will only open a portion of appointments initially and will add more after the January volunteer training is completed.
There will be a new Express Lane appointment at Colony Cottage Recreation Center. This will be for simple returns with fewer than 6 forms (no Sch C, brokerage statements, or itemized deductions). Longer appointment times will be available after mid-March for those with complex returns that generally take over an hour and a half to prepare. Email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
In-person appoints are available January 15 & 16, 9am-1pm at Colony Cottage Recreation Center; January 16 & 17, 9am-1pm at La Hacienda Recreation Center
Tax Aide Information
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.