Our community’s parks and recreation facilities are undergoing major transformations. Here’s a look at the latest updates in Winter Springs and Oviedo.
From facility overhauls to local park grand openings and more, there’s a whole lot going on in the parks and recreation departments at the cities of Winter Springs and Oviedo. Thanks to a plethora of new and exciting changes, you can continue to enjoy the top-notch quality of life in Seminole County and take advantage of the many opportunities to play, unwind, and enjoy the great outdoors.
In 2019, the City of Winter Springs introduced its Perk Up Parks initiative, a multi-million-dollar investment in upgrading the city’s green spaces and play areas. So far, major improvements have been made to Central Winds Park, Trotwood Park, and Torcaso Park, with more to come at Moss Park, Sam Smith Memorial Park, and Winding Hollow Park.
“We are excited to do something as special as this for the city,” says Chris Caldwell, the parks and recreation director for Winter Springs. “Our beautiful parks really make Winter Springs unique, and our residents are an active community of all ages who deserve the best. That’s why we’ve taken this initiative.”
Central Winds Park
Central Winds Park’s Field of Dreams Playground hosted its grand opening in September 2019. The sports-themed, 9,000-square-foot playground, designed to complement the athletic facilities of Central Winds Park, features upgraded rubber surfacing and equipment as well as three play areas. Those new areas include an inclusive tot playground with equipment designed for ages 2-to-5 years old and children with disabilities, the main playground with equipment designed for ages 5-to-12, and a swing-set area.
Trotwood Park’s Mount Trotwood Playground celebrated its grand opening in November 2019. The 5,000-square-foot playground is designed with a Rocky Mountains theme in mind, featuring shaded treehouse structures, slides, bridges, climbable boulders and mountains, wildlife, a tic-tac-toe panel, and a beautiful fountain built in-house by the city. By early spring, the city hopes to unveil a universal outdoor fitness area, which will be shaded.
Plans for Torcaso Park’s Torcaso Cove Playground are underway. The playground is currently closed for renovations and will reopen on Saturday, March 28. Visitors can expect an ocean-themed playground with new above-ground features, including an upgraded splash pad design and a giant 10-foot jellyfish structure that sprays water. In December 2019, Torcaso Park hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of two new basketball courts, complete with LED lighting.
With the help of a variety of grants, the City of Oviedo is undergoing changes to two of its most popular facilities, the Oviedo Sports Complex and Round Lake Park. Residents can expect these improvements to better facilitate the city’s growing needs and enhance the area’s recreational capacity.
“Over the last couple years, we’ve had quite a few projects and grants that are helping us provide additional amenities to our residents and visitors,” says Dru Boulware, Oviedo’s recreation and parks director. “Our changes are not only going to help bring in some revenue for the city, but will also improve our community as a whole.”
Oviedo Sports Complex
The Oviedo Sports Complex consists of 12 fields, a handful of which are getting facelifts. Most recently, the city completely renovated one softball field and one baseball field with new sod in the infield and outfield and updated the irrigation. A section of the complex is currently shut down for renovation. Additional upgrades include adding a shade canopy over the playground area, creating a walking path through the park and around the pond, and installing new batting cages. The city will also be adding enhanced landscaping and a pre-built bathroom and concession stand.
Round Lake Park
Round Lake Park is now home to a total of five tennis courts: three brand-new courts and two recently resurfaced courts. With the influx of pickleball players, the courts are designed to be adaptive, allowing for up to 10 pickleball games to be played at a time. The city has also installed state-of-the-art LED lights to the park’s tennis and basketball courts and recently added a basketball cover and shade structure in the southern court. These additions hope to stimulate the addition of youth leagues and tennis lessons. Perhaps the biggest news is that the city is laying out plans for Round Lake Park to become a fee- and membership-based facility, which will be fully staffed. Members will also have access to Riverside Park’s facilities.
Other improvements to Round Lake Park include a renovated fishing pier, a new wilderness trail, and a black history-themed mural on the racquetball court wall. With the recent acquisition of property at the corner of Reed Avenue and County Road 419, the city plans to build a trailhead, pavilion, and fishing pier, and complete the boardwalk to the east side of the lake.
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