Ormond Beach Parks And Recreation
Ormond Beach is a popular city for new and growing families and retirees alike. One entity that is sure to please residents of any age are the vast selection of public parks in Ormond. There are many parks placed all around Ormond Beach with an array of activity options such as playgrounds, picnic/BBQ areas, boat rentals, hiking trails, and much more. Below we will outline some of these Ormond Beach parks and it will become clear why so many people choose to call this great city their home.
195 South Beach Street
Amenities: Dock/Pier, Fishing, Gazebo/Pavillion, Parking, Picnic Area, and Restrooms This 2.2 acre riverfront park is the site of an historic Ames house. It is available for rental for wedding and family celebration.
Andy Romano Beachfront Park
839 S. Atlantic Avenue
Amenities: Gazebo/Pavillion, Outdoor Grill, Parking, Picnic Area, Playground, and Restroom Andy Romano Beachfront Park is a 4 acre park located along the beach and offers beach access, off-beach parking, a splash pad, playground, pavilions, concessions, and restrooms.
Bailey Riverbridge Gardens
1 North Beach Street
Amenities: Dock/Pier, Fishing, Parking, and Walk/Jog Bike Path Bailey Riverbridge Gardens is a 2.6 acre beautiful, riverfront park at the foot of the Granada Bridge on the mainland side of the Intracoastal at the intersection of North Beach Street and Granada Boulevard. A scenic fountain and colorful plantings grace the grounds in front of the Pilgrims Rest Church, the historic site of the first Christian wedding in North America. The church has been preserved by the Ormond Beach Historic Trust and is often used as a meeting room or for showers and other family celebrations.
The park also offers a walkway extending into the Intracoastal and under the Granada Bridge over to the south side of Beach Street. Many enjoy a peaceful walk while enjoying the beautiful view. Others try their luck fishing along this scenic walkway. There are several benches along the way.
1850 Ocean Shore Blvd
Amenities: Baseball Fields, Basketball, Community Center/Meeting Room, Dock/Pier, Fishing, Gazebo/Pavillion, Outdoor Tennis, Parking, Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, and Walk/Jog Bike Path
Stretching from the Halifax River to the Atlantic Ocean, this Volusia County 40-acre park north of Ormond Beach is loaded with amenities. Beachgoers may park across the street from the ocean on the park’s east side to enjoy the sand and surf. Hikers looking to get back to nature may take a jaunt along one of the park’s nature trails and boardwalks. Winding through the scrub habitat, gopher tortoises and raccoons call this area home.
Bulow Creek State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Amenities: Canoe/Non-Motor Boats, Parking, Picnic Area, Restrooms, and Walk/Jog Bike Path Bulow Creek protects nearly 5,600 acres, more than 1,500 of which are submerged lands. The highlight of Bulow Creek is one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest along Florida's east coast. The reigning tree is the Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oak trees in the south. For more than 400 years it has been a silent witness to human activities along Bulow Creek, including the destruction of the neighboring Bulow Plantation during the Second Seminole War in 1836. Several trails allow hikers to explore the interior of the park, where visitors can see white-tailed deer, barred owls and raccoons. The Bulow Woods Trail, nearly seven miles long, takes hikers to Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park. Visitors can picnic in a shady pavilion or at a table on the lawn within view of the Fairchild Oak.
601 Hammock Avenue
Amenities: Basketball, Boat Ramp, Boating, Canoe/Non-Motor Boats, Dock/Pier, Fishing, Gazebo/Pavillion, Outdoor Grill, Outdoor Tennis, Parking, Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, and Walk/Jog Bike Path
Central Park consists of four parks totalling 149.1 acres. There are two gazebos and picnic pavilions within the parks with several picnic tables and outdoor grills. A large peaceful lake is situated on the property with fishing and viewing access provided by the Joyce Ebbets fishing pier as well as a canoe/kayak ramp. The Central Park picnic pavilions are available for rental.
Memorial Gardens Park
78 East Granada Boulevard
Amenities: Gazebo/Pavillion, Parking, and Walk/Jog Bike Path Situated on approximately 2.5 acres, Ormond Memorial Gardens are built on what was once a sand dune. The Gardens are natural ground that was gently developed into a park. Natural depressions were made into ponds, and you can climb the steps near the waterfall to the seemingly highest elevation in Ormond Beach.
Parts of the gardens are manicured landscape and other parts are left in a naturally wild state. Although the gardens are located in the heart of the city, walking the paths gives you the feeling of being in a tropical rain forest.
The Gardens contain five ponds that are home to numerous turtles, frogs and fish. Aquatic plants such as water lilies and water lettuces offer food, shade and natural cleansing within the ponds. Look for marginal bog plants such as papyrus, bananas, ginger lilies and wild flowers, which flourish near the three ponds that were formed by natural depressions.
Visitors can enjoy the solitude of a quiet bench or nook or walk the labyrinth inside the gazebo. The gazebo is the site of several wedding and memorial ceremonies.
Rockefeller Gardens Park
26 Riverside Drive
Amenities: Fishing, Parking, and Walk/Jog Bike Path Overlooking the Halifax, Rockefeller Gardens is a spectacular riverfront park where a multitude of community events occur including Movies on the Halifax (generally the first Friday of each month), the Farmers Market (Thursday morning) and much more! Extensive multi-million dollar renovations were recently done to the park and The Casements building which sits on the property. The historic site is host to many wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Amenities: Boat Ramp, Camping, Canoe/Non-Motor Boats, Dock/Pier, Fishing, Gazebo/Pavillion, Outdoor Grill, Parking, Picnic Area, Playground, Restrooms, and Walk/Jog Bike Path Once the home of Native Americans, Tomoka State Park is a very popular canoeing, boating, fishing and camping site. The park protects a variety of wildlife habitats and endangered species. There are nature trails, a boat ramp, and canoe access to the Tomoka River. The Park Store offers snacks, camping supplies and canoe rentals. If you are interested in overnight stays, the park has full-facility campsite and youth camping.