Parks & Recreation



The Parks & Recreation Department is committed to enriching the quality of life through exceptional programs, parks, and other facilities, while preserving the community’s natural environment for the enjoyment of our citizens.  The Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for:

  • City parks and playgrounds
  • Sports and fitness facilities
  • Recreation centers/swimming pools
  • Egans Creek Greenway
  • Amelia Island Lighthouse
  • Bosque Bello Cemetery
  • Landscaping of Historic Downtown
  • Bicycling brochure and map

The Department also offers or co-sponsors various adult and youth sports and activities; aquatics programs and scuba instruction; youth afterschool programs and summer camps; senior programs; instructed programs; and special events.

Financial assistance is available for City-sponsored programs to any City resident that meets the financial criteria. Anyone interested should call the Atlantic Center Administrative Office at 904-310-3350 for more information.

To download a Financial Assistance Application, please click on the following link: Financial Assistance Application

Please allow three (3) business days for notification of approval or denial of financial assistance. Notification may be made by phone call, email, or mailed letter.

Register for our programs online!

You now have the capability to register for our programs online through the Parks & Recreation Department's RecPro website:  First-time users must create accounts.

Currently, users may register for the following programs on the RecPro website:

  • Amelia Pre-school, Camp Amelia Afterschool, and Summer Camp Amelia at the Atlantic Recreation Center
  • Senior trips
  • Homeschool swim clinics (spring and fall)
  • Summer group swimming lessons
  • Summer Aqua Adventure Camp
  • Summer Junior Lifeguard Exploration
  • Scuba certification
  • 1-month, 4-months, and 12-months passes for Fitness, Pool, and Water Aerobics
  • Adult sports leagues

Also, rental fees for pavilions in City parks may be paid online, and requests for facility rentals may be made.

Free Tax Filing Assistance at Atlantic Recreation Center

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is providing free electronic (E-File) and paper income tax filing assistance for low to moderate income tax filers at the Atlantic Recreation Center Auditorium through April 17th.  

For information, please click on the following link:  VITA Tax Assistance  

MLK, Jr. Recreation Center Survey/Questionnaire

We are interested in the community's input about new programs and events they would like to see offered at the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center on Elm Street.  Please download and complete the following Survey/Questionnaire:  MLK, Jr. Center Survey/Questionnaire

Completed surveys may be:

  • Returned to the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center, 1200 Elm Street;
  • Picked up by John Coverdell, Supervisor of the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center.  Please call 904-310-3351 or 904-556-6950; or
  • Scanned and emailed to 

April Lifeguard Certification Course

Pre-test dates:  March 19th or March 26th at 5:00pm at the Atlantic Pool (participants must pass a pre-test in order to enroll for the full course).

Classroom and skills sessions dates at the Atlantic Recreation Center (participants must attend all sessions):  April 5th 5:00-8:00pm; April 6th 5:00-9:00pm; April 7th 9:00am-6:00pm; and April 8th 8:00am-5:00pm.

$159 City residents, $199 Non-City

For more information, click on the following link:  April Lifeguard Certification Course

NACA Home Ownership Free Workshop in April

Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) is offering a free workshop for people interested in owning homes with low interest rate mortgages.

Saturday, April 28th at the MLK, Jr. Center
Reservations required

Click on the following link for more information:  NACA Workshop - April 2018

Summer Men's Basketball League Registration

Team registration from May 1st - June 1st at the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center.

Registration fee:  $350

For more information, click on the following link:  Men's Summer Basketball League

City Pickleball Tournament May 12th-13th

Central Park Multi-Purpose Court
Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, and Mixed Doubles - 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5+
$25/person for one event, $10 for second

Click on the following link for an informational flyer/registration form:  2018 Pickleball Tournament

Ping Pong in the Atlantic Auditorium

Play ping pong in the Auditorium at the Atlantic Recreation Center on Tuesdays (5:00-7:00pm)* and Thursdays (9:00am-12:00pm)*.  All skill levels welcomed.

*No ping pong on the following days:

  • April 19th, 2018
  • May 17th

Bring your own paddle.  For more information, call Don Hughes (904-415-0667) or David DeMay (352-409-1778).


Parks Master Plan

October 20, 2015: The City Commission adopted the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  This plan is directed by the City's Comprehensive Plan in the Recreation and Open Space Element.

City Resident Verification Cards

In order to receive City resident rates for pool (Atlantic and MLK, Jr. Pools) or fitness (Atlantic Fitness Room and Peck Gym) use, patrons must show City Resident Verification Cards.  City Resident Cards must be obtained at the Atlantic Recreation Center.  To obtain a card, a patron must show proof of address (driver's license, City water bill).  City resident status will be confirmed via the Nassau County Property Appraiser's website.  Patron will then have his/her picture taken.  First card is free, replacement cards are $5 each.

NOTE:  Active and retired U.S military receive City resident rates on all applicable department programs with valid military identification

Atlantic Fitness Room

Fitness Center

This workout facility at the Atlantic Recreation Center possesses all of the equipment you need for a total body workout.  The price is right, whether paying daily or monthly fees, and there are NO initiation fees and NO contracts.  Personal training with a certified trainer is available.  If you're ready to get in shape, this facility will meet all of your fitness needs.

Fitness Facility Fees: Link