June 18, 2021
Hawkes Bay Executive Golf Course
The District has closed Hawkes Bay Executive Golf Course until further notice for water management implementations due to excessive rain. The movement of water from one area to another helps the District ensure the integrity of our holding capabilities throughout the various water retention basins. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Paradise Dog Park
In our efforts to keep the facilities in optimal condition, the Paradise Dog Park will be closed for quarterly maintenance Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18, 2021. 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 Paradise Regional Recreation Complex at 352-753-0637.
Rupert Canine Park - UPDATED 5/24/2021
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Rupert Canine Park will be closed for maintenance Monday, May 24 through Monday, June 21, 2021 from 1:45 - 5:00 p.m. daily. 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 Riverbend Village Recreation Center at 352-674-8455.
Dudley Canine Park - UPDATED 5/15/2021
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Dudley Canine Park will be closed for maintenance Monday, May 17 through Monday, June 28, 2021. 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 Everglades Regional Recreation Complex at 352-674-8434.
Hill Top Executive Golf Course
The Hill Top Executive Golf Course will close on Monday, May 3, 2021 until further notice for an approved utility infrastructure improvement project. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Executive Golf Maintenance at 352-674-1885. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Villa Paving Information - Updated 6/2/2021
Ranger Construction Company will begin milling and overlaying the roads in the following villas-
District 3 –
• Fernandina Villas: June 28, 2021 through July 6, 2021
• Amelia Villas: June 30, 2021 through July 9, 2021
Dates may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather.
Everything possible will be done to minimize your inconvenience. For the SAFETY of our crews and all residents, we ask that you reschedule any work or deliveries to your Villa until the paving is complete as they may be denied access. Only residents and emergency vehicles will have immediate access during the construction.
PLEASE DO NOT run your irrigation, wash your vehicle or empty your pool during the week, as it will increase the work time.
ALL vehicles and trailers must be parked OFF of the roads and the overflow parking areas must be empty, as to not impede the work.
Please be advised that newly paved roadways will take approximately one hour to cure and should not be driven on while hot! Driving before this time could result in tracking asphalt onto your driveway and damaging the new roadway.
If you must travel through the construction, PLEASE drive slowly and watch for and listen to directions provided by the contract workers.
Please be aware that in some cases, residents have installed decorative curbing, pavers, landscape and other features within the District owned property (road right-of-way area) or decorative curbing over the top of the asphalt and extending out beyond the right of way into the actual road.
While our contractor is diligent in performing the Mill and Overlay operation and will take all precautions to protect your property, these improvements which are in the road right-of-way areas or encroaching into the street are subject to damage or destruction without compensation to the resident.
Residents may wish to remove items from the road right-of-way areas in advance of Mill and Overlay to mitigate the potential for damage. The District will not make repairs, restoration or restitution for items within the road right-of-way that are inadvertently damaged during construction.
Our goal is to give you a new road that will last a maximum life with the LEAST amount of inconvenience. Your cooperation is GREATLY APPRECIATED. If you have any questions during the work there will be someone on site to help. For additional information, please contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Fenney Recreation Center Remodeling
Beginning Friday, March 5, 2021 the Fenney Recreation Center will begin undergoing remodeling. The remodeling is not being funded by any of The Village Community Development Districts or Committees. Starting Monday, March 8, 2021, the “At Your Service” location will be temporarily moved from the Fenney Recreation Center to the Everglades Regional Recreation Complex to accommodate the renovations.
Archery equipment is available during Open Rec Shoot on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10-12 at Dudley Archery Range. **Please note, this equipment is only available to residents who have gone through theArchery101 Safety Course. This course is currently on hold with the rest of Recreation Sponsored Socials. Hopefully, the course will begin to be offered soon. Please check the back page of the Recreation & Parks Publication on the last Thursday of the month for any upcoming classes.** Residents who have their own equipment are free to use the range at any time.
Air Gun –
Air guns may be checked out at Riverbend Village Recreation Center. Bags are provided containing all the supplies (air gun,targets, pellets, and safety glasses). Residents must have completed their yearly Activity Release.
Croquet & Lawn Bowling –
Croquet & lawn bowling equipment is kept in the outdoor equipment shed at Croquet & Lawn Bowling which is located adjacent to the Fenney Putt & Play. The equipment is unlocked each morning by Fenney staff members and is available for use. The Croquet Club equipment is kept locked and utilized by the Croquet Club during their designated play times.
Putt & Play –
Putters, balls and scorecards for the Putt & Play are available inside the Croquet/Lawn Bowling Equipment Shed. There is a sign out sheet for putters for residents & guests to register how many putters are needed. The putters must be returned after the round. This information is also listed on the bulletin boards at the Putt & Play.
Please click the link below for more information.
Fenney Recreation Center Remodeling
If you have additional questions, please email RecreationDepartment@districtgov.org or call 352-674-1800.
The Villages Dog Parks
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the following Villages Dog Parks will not open until 9:00am one day per week due to maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the recreation center listed below.
•Atlas Canine Park, Wednesday; Rohan Regional Recreation Complex at 352-674-8400
•Brinson/Perry Dog Park, Wednesday; SeaBreeze Regional Recreation Complex at 352-750-2488
•Dudley Canine Park, Friday; Fenney Regional Recreation Complex at 352-674-8460
•Mulberry Dog Park, Wednesday; Mulberry Grove Regional Recreation Complex at 352-259-6040
•Paradise Dog Park, Thursday; Paradise Regional Recreation Complex at 352-753-0637
•Rupert Canine Park, Thursday; Riverbend Village Recreation Center at 352-674-8455
Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve
New signage has been added to the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Trail & Boardwalk to help educate visitors on the nature found at the preserve. Drop by and take a look.
Trails & Pathways
The many trails and pathways provide Villagers the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s environment. Signage along the pathways indicate the combination of activities Villagers can enjoy. Click below for more information.
Trails and Pathways
Amenity Fee Adjustment
Per your individual Declaration of Restrictions, amenity fees are subject to an adjustment based on the fluctuation of the National Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers. The timing of this adjustment can vary based on the Declaration of Restrictions in your unit. For information specific to your home, please refer to your Declaration of Restrictions. For assistance in obtaining them, please contact Community Standards at (352) 751-3912.
Each month, the percentage of adjustment will be provided in What’s Happening for your reference. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Finance Customer Service at (352) 750-0000.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers changed by 1.4% from January 2020 to January 2021. This change will be used to adjust Amenity Fees for properties with original land sale dates in the month of March.
Information Provided by Executive Golf
The United States Golf Association recently implemented a new rule under Rule 13.2a (2):
•There is no longer a penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits a flagstick left in the hole.
•Players are not required to putt with the flagstick in the hole; rather, they continue to have the choice to have it removed (which includes having someone attend the flagstick and remove it after the ball is played).
Information obtained from www.usga.org
Removing the flagstick to help in retrieving a golf ball from the cup is still considered proper etiquette and requires that we complete the task by hand. Using the flagstick to pinch and pull up the golf ball from the cup is frowned upon and not considered good etiquette standards.
The challenge for Executive Golf Courses in The Villages is that many residents use assistance or ball removal devices for the convenience of not bending as far to remove golf balls from cups. When ball retrieval devices are inserted with flagsticks still in place (Photo 2) the damage to the delicate edges of cups occur. It also causes degradation of the putting surface for the players that follow.
We are asking all residents that use these devices to simply pull the flag stick out gently (Photo 1) and remove the golf ball with your device. This will ensure the integrity of the cup edges and allow players to enjoy the same crisp quality of the cups as the players before them.
We appreciate your cooperation!
Please be considerate of others and all properties. Dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Please take all waste home for disposal. Do not use storm drains, postal or recreation facilities for disposing of solid waste or plastic bags. In addition, please follow all county ordinances including all dogs are required to be on a leash.
Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk
New signage has been added to the Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk to help educate visitors on the nature found along the trail. Drop by and take a look.
Participation in clubs, activities and events throughout The Villages® community may be photographed and recorded. Participant, by engaging in the activity, irrevocably consents to be photographed and recorded and grants The Villages of Lake-Sumter, Inc. and its successors, assigns and licensees the right to publish and use such photographs and recordings for informational, advertising, marketing, and similar purposes.
Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling Facilities - Updated 2/17/2021
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.
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.