Newly installed shade sails cover the new 27th Avenue Beachfront Park playground in this photo taken May 21, 2019. (City of New Smyrna Beach/Phillip Veski)

NSB Opens New Beachfront Playground

The City of New Smyrna Beach will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate completion of its newest playground at 27th Avenue Beachfront Park (3701 S Atlantic Avenue) on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 AM.  Paid for in part with a $220,000 Volusia County ECHO grant, the playground features all-inclusive, ADA-accessible amenities and large shade sails to keep park-goers cool. Ribbon-cutting for NSB’s new 27th Avenue Beachfront Park … Continue reading NSB Opens New Beachfront Playground

NSB Splash Pad Design

NSB Asks for Public Input to Design Splash Pad

The city of New Smyrna Beach will host a public meeting to gather community input for a new splash pad at Alonzo “Babe” James Community Center (201 N. Myrtle Avenue) on Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 12 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM @ Babe James Community Center Representatives from the city and design firm CPH will be on-hand to share conceptual … Continue reading NSB Asks for Public Input to Design Splash Pad

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Memorial Day Ceremonies in Volusia

Memorial Day in Port Orange The City of Port Orange will hold their annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27th at 10 a.m. located at the City Center Veteran’s Park, 1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL. The VFW Post 3282 will host the ceremony, which will feature a display of colors, speeches and a 21- gun salute. For more information, please call (386) … Continue reading Memorial Day Ceremonies in Volusia

New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex (City of New Smyrna Beach/Phillip Veski)

NSB Closes Parks for Updates

In preparation for summer, the city of NSB is updating some of their public parks and performing maintenance. Two City of New Smyrna Beach parks to close temporarily for maintenance in May As the weather warms and summer approaches, two city parks will close temporarily in May for regular maintenance. The New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex (1800 Turnbull Bay Road) closed May 9-10 to fumigate … Continue reading NSB Closes Parks for Updates

Whistle Stop Park entrance

Celebration of the reopening of Whistle Stop Park

The City of Edgewater is thrilled to announce the grand opening and ribbon cutting at Whistle Stop Park (651 Roberts Road) on Saturday, May 4, 2019. In the November 2015 election, the voters of Edgewater approved the GO for Parks referendum. This authorized the City to issue up to $3.5 million in general obligation bonds for proposed improvements to Whistle Stop Park that included: a … Continue reading Celebration of the reopening of Whistle Stop Park

One for the History Books

Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry Photos/Text by Kelsey Walters  Family Activities Near Gainesville Many people think of the Sunshine State as a land of sunburnt tourists, teeming with gators and home to the world’s most famous mouse.  Before Walt Disney settled into Central Florida and made it one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Florida had a lengthy history of war, exploration and … Continue reading One for the History Books

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Easter 2019 Events

Egg Hunts and Easter Celebrations in Volusia County DeBary Egg Hunt – April 6 @ 10 AM Gemini Springs Park, 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary, FL DeLand Egg Hunt  – April 12 @ 5:30 – 6:30 PM Earl Brown Park, DeLand  Kids and families can enjoy a movie in the park plus a fun Easter egg hunt!  EdgeFest Eggstravaganza – April 13 @ 10 AM Hawks Park, … Continue reading Easter 2019 Events

woman's hand holding ice cream sundae in front of American flag on building

Local Favorite Ice Cream Parlor in Business for 10 Years in Port Orange

Let’s play a game called, “How Well do You Know your Neighbors?” Did you know that one of your neighbors is a local general store with gifts, lottery, a post office AND over 30 flavors of delicious homemade ice cream right in your back yard? And, it has been open for over 10 years?! Neighbors Ice Cream Parlor and General Store is that place! Located … Continue reading Local Favorite Ice Cream Parlor in Business for 10 Years in Port Orange

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City of Holly Hill Fitness Court Grand Opening

The City Of Holly Hill Fitness Court Grand Opening Is Scheduled For Saturday, March 30, 2019  Officials will host a grand opening for the City of Holly Hill’s Fitness Court on March 30, 2019 from 11 AM until 1 PM, with the ribbon cutting being held at 11:30 AM. The Fitness Court is located at the historic Sunrise Park, 1135 Riverside Dr. in Holly Hill. … Continue reading City of Holly Hill Fitness Court Grand Opening

large American alligator and small crocodile with duckweed covering face

Smooth Waters Wildlife Park – Deleon Springs

Text // Photos by Kelsey Walters After a While, Crocodile Living in Florida, we all know about alligators. We joke to visitors that they are just as much a part of our daily lives as squirrels, but in reality, unless we are encroaching on their territory, we don’t often get an up-close experience. A new wildlife park is offering the chance to really get to … Continue reading Smooth Waters Wildlife Park – Deleon Springs