NSB Announces Upcoming Changes to Farmers Market, Summer Holidays

At their May 12 regular (virtual) meeting, the New Smyrna Beach City Commission approved another round of preventative measures in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. NSB City Commission approves reopening Farmers Market, postpones 4th of July fireworks The New Smyrna Beach Farmers Market in front of City Hall at 210 Sams Ave., excluding food trucks, may reopen Saturday, May 23 under CDC social distancing … Continue reading NSB Announces Upcoming Changes to Farmers Market, Summer Holidays

Volusia County – What Public Lands are Open for Use?

With daily updates from the state, Volusia County and individuals, it is hard to know what public lands are still open for use and what is currently closed. While the Florida governor has issued a “Safer at Home” Order, it does not disallow recreational activity such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming, as long as these activities are consistent with social distancing … Continue reading Volusia County – What Public Lands are Open for Use?

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Town of Ponce Inlet COVID-19 Response

Town Parks Restrictions Due to the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the town of Ponce Inlet is making major changes to their public areas. Effective March 20, 2020, restroom facilities at all Ponce Inlet parks will remain locked and water fountains are now bagged to prevent use. Like all other areas in the state, groups must be limited to ten people or less, with a six … Continue reading Town of Ponce Inlet COVID-19 Response

CLOSED FL STATE PARKS

Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

UPDATE 3/23/2020 Effective today, Monday, March 23, 2020, all Florida State Parks will be closed and remain closed until further notice due to coronavirus COVID-19. Although Florida State Parks limited their hours and capacity limits last week, this did not create the needed reductions in residents visiting the parks in order to slow the spread of the virus. March 21, 2020 While many Floridians are … Continue reading Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

Ask A Local: BEST PLAYGROUND IN VOLUSIA COUNTY

Our thus far mild winter is creating the perfect weather to get outdoors and play! Volusia County has no shortage of parks and playgrounds, but here are the top five awesome spots that local parents and caregivers rely on to expend their kids’ energy!  Each place featured below was voted as the BEST by ECC Facebook Fans. Be sure to “Like” our page to participate … Continue reading Ask A Local: BEST PLAYGROUND IN VOLUSIA COUNTY

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

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

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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