The Parks and Recreation Department is comprised of four divisions (Administration, Parks & Public Lands, Recreation, and Event Venues), all serving a different purpose, but working towards the common goal of providing quality recreation programs, park facilities and a variety of enrichment opportunities with excellence. Parks and Recreation provides a full complement of services including active and passive parks, recreation programs, leagues, special events, and rental facilities for visitors and citizens alike.
The Administration Team provides the “super glue” that is accountable for most internal operations like customer service, finance, budgeting, planning, grant obtainment, public relations, social media, marketing, trend analysis, community engagement and project management.
Our assiduous and dedicated Parks and Public Land Division supports and manages more than 450 acres of property including local parks like the beautiful Lakefront Park, ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, and the well-known Rose Hill Cemetery. Additionally the City of Kissimmee has partnered with the State of Florida and Osceola County in the development and management of the Shingle Creek Regional Park. This regional park encompasses over 1,000 acres and includes properties from the Orange County line to Lake Tohopekaliga, and is one of the Region’s largest environmental parks with canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and ecological experiences.
The creative and energetic Recreation and Leisure Services Division oversees the Bob Makinson Aquatic Center, Fortune Road Athletic Complex, Chambers Park Community Center, Oak Street Park Community Center, and Mark Durbin Community Park. The Bob Makinson Aquatic Center features eight 25 yard lap lanes, a children’s play pool, 170 foot water slide, two diving boards, and a concession area which attracts families to come out and enjoy some cost efficient summer time fun. All locations offer something for everyone. .
The dynamic and enthusiastic Events and Venues Division is responsible for planning and coordinating year round community events and festivals like the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and festival, Chili Cook-Off, Kowtown Festival, Caribbean Fusion, Symphony in the Park, July 4th Celebration, Art festival, Viva Osceola, and the Festival of Lights Parade at our parks. The Events and Venues division accomplish this while simultaneously managing programs, events, and rentals at the Historic Berlinsky Community House and Kissimmee Civic Center. From professional boxing to basketball, to trade shows, circus and event hosting the President of the United States, Kissimmee’s Civic Center is the place to be.
Parks and Recreation enhances quality of life 365 days a year with active programming and services that benefit ones physical, mental and economic health for Kissimmee.
101 Church Street, Suite 330
Kissimmee, FL 34741