Post Date: 03/16/2020 5:20 PM

OCALA, Fla. (March 16, 2020) – The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department has begun closures of community facilities in the interest of public health and safety caused by the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of today, Monday, March 16, the following recreation facilities will close until further notice.

  • Eighth Avenue Activity Center, 830 NE Eighth Ave.
    • Barbara Washington Adult Activity Center, 210 NW 12th Ave.
    • Fort King National Historic Landmark Visitors Center, 3925 E Fort King St.
    • Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.
    • Citizens’ Circle Splash Pad, SE Osceola Ave.
    • Lillian Bryant Splash Pad, 2200 NW 17th Pl.
    • Ocala Skate Park, 517 NE Ninth St.

The following closures will go into effect beginning Tuesday, March 17.

  • E.D. Croskey Community Center, 1510 NW Fourth St.
    • Lillian Bryant Community Center, 2200 NW 17th Pl.

The Lillian Bryant Community Center will continue to serve as an election polling site for Tuesday, March 17; however, will remain closed for programs, open recreation, and community events.

These facilities will remain closed until further notice to reduce the risk and exposure of COVID-19. City of Ocala staff will remain productive during these closures, with priorities including the sanitation, organization, and program planning when facilities open in the future.

City of Ocala public parks will remain open during this time; however, playground areas will be closed until further notice. Citizens are encouraged to practice social distancing and implement “Best Practices for Play” when bringing families to public parks. If you must go to the park, avoid high traffic areas that may heighten your risk for exposure when interacting with others.

The Ocala Golf Club will remain open.

The Fort King Tennis Center will continue to have open court play, however, USTA has canceled all adult and youth tennis programs. Additional leagues and programs are currently being evaluated.

Please note, additional facilities are subject to close as new health information emerges. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

For more information, please call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

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