Benefits of Recreation
Parks and recreation resources protect our environment, preserve wildlife habitat, strengthen local economies, attract new businesses, contribute to the local tax base, increase property values, and improve the physical and mental health of citizens of all ages.
Health and Wellness for ALL People of ALL Abilities.
Opportunities for active recreation are critical to an individual and a community’s health and wellness. We advocate for legislation that supports the growing role of public parks and recreation in improving individual and community health through the prevention of chronic disease, the rehabilitation of wounded service members, and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all activities.
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability.
Parks and outdoor recreation lands are the essential green infrastructure of our communities and nation. Parks and public recreation lands are carbon reducing landscapes that help clean our air and water; recharge aquifers; and reduce stormwater runoff. Through energy, climate change, and other legislative measures, we advocate for dedicated resources that will sustain, protect, restore, and expand these environmental assets.
Children and Nature.
The National Recreation and Parks Association regards improving children’s access to nature as a national policy priority. NRPA believes public parks and recreation are vital to the national effort to engage children in enjoying the outdoors, provide safe, healthy ways explore nature, and enhance environmental education.
Parks and recreation agencies deliver essential public services and provide recreation opportunities for every community in America. NAIROBI advocates for federal investments that provide funding for the acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of parks and public lands as well as recreational infrastructure and resources.
Monthly Park Showcase
- September- The park of the month of September is Bailey Riverbridge Gardens. 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 gardens host many weddings and events throughout the year. Please call 386-676-3216 for rental information.
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.
Additional Recreation Information
- 145,000 kids surveyed felt wildlife preservation tops environmental concerns
- Americans spend over 500 million days per year fishing
- Visits to national, regional, and local parks exceed one billion annually
- Adopt-A-Park: The City of Ormond Beach Adopt-A-Park Program will improve and enhance parks through community involvement and citizen partnerships. By participating, local organizations, civic and church groups, scout troops, businesses, schools, neighborhood families and individuals can take an active role in beautification of our community and support of the City’s park system.
Thank you to our Adopt-A-Park Family!
- SANCHEZ PARK - Hailey Remigio and Hayleigh Ruddell
- BAILEY RIVERBRIDGE GARDENS - Girl Scouts of Sunrise Service Unit
- RIVIERA PARK - Cub Scout Pack #74
- LIONS CLUB PARK - The Ormond Beach Lions Club
- ROSEWOOD PARK - The Family of Robert and Marian Meader
- CENTRAL PARK I - The Marston Family
- CENTRAL PARK III - Ormond Beach Kiwanis Club
- FIRE HOUSE PARK - Terry Howell and Lucy Maxwell.
- Memorial Bench Program: The Memorial Bench Program was developed for those persons interested in donating a bench, in one of our City Parks, in memory of a loved one.
- Volunteering: For more information on volunteering for the City of Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services, Please contact Stefan Sibley, Recreation Manager at 386-676-3246.