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Columbia County Parks and Recreation

Columbia County is dedicated to providing quality recreation opportunities for our residents and visitors.

Below are listings of parks that offer various passive recreation opportunities, as well as information on our community centers, boat ramps and the joint County-City active recreation programs.


Recreational Areas Rules

The Various Recreational Areas are located throughout the area provide wholesome activities for fitness and life enrichment.

All parks and recreational areas share the same set of rules:
  No Pets
  No Alcohol
  Do not attach decorations, tarps, or banners of any kind to the picnic pavilions.



Southside Sports Complex

Southside Recreation Complex
1963 SW Bascom Norris Dr.
Lake City, FL 32025

For tournament play, please contact Clint Pittman at 386-719-7545 or by email at clint_pittman@columbiacountyfla.com


  • 10 - two hundred foot baseball fields. Four are lighted. Grass infields.
  • 3 - three hundred foot baseball fields. One is lighted. Grass infields.
  • 8 - two hundred foot girl's softball fields. All are lighted. Clay infields.
  • 4 - three hundred foot adult softball fields. All are lighted. Clay infields.
  • 5 - Soccer fields of assorted sizes. Four are lighted
  • A total of 827 paved parking lot spaces in four different locations at the site.
  • Centrally located concession and restroom buildings at each four-field pod.
  • Maintenance of fields and restroom facilities during tournaments are provided at no cost to tournament promoters with a 24 team minimum registration.
  • 15 screened batting cages. Portable mounds and temporary fencing available.
  • A 12 passenger tram to assist in transporting equipment and spectators.

The Columbia County Board of County Commissioners in cooperation with the Tourist Development Council recently considered a plan to implement approximately $2.6 million in improvements to the Southside Recreation Complex.

Southside

Planned Improvements

The 30 field complex includes 13 youth baseball fields, eight girl's softball fields, a four-field adult softball complex and five soccer fields.

Included in the improvements are three new combination concession/restroom buildings to better serve both local residents and visitors attending the many sports tournaments hosted at the complex.

In all, 16 fields will be upgraded with both new sod and modifications to the playing surfaces. This work will be accomplished over a four-year period and an effort to reduce any negative impact on both recreational and tournament play at the complex.

A major landscaping project will be conducted at the primary entrance to the Southside Recreation Complex on Bascom Norris Road to enhance the eye appeal for the facility with an LED sign, water fountains and complimentary shrubs and trees.

A total of 40 new sets of bleachers will be installed with guardrails on all of the equipment to enhance safety and accessibility. In addition, ADA sidewalks will be added where needed, along with safety and shade netting for the seating areas and common areas between the four-field quadrants of the facility.

Additional parking will be provided with a new 300-space lot located between the girls softball complex and the soccer fields.

One of the major upgrades to the facility will be replacement of all of the existing lights at the eight-field girls softball complex, along with electrical upgrades throughout the complex. Additional maintenance items will include roof replacement on two existing concession buildings, an additional storage building and fencing.

Part of the funding for the improvements at the Southside Recreation Complex is expected to be generated from a 1% increase in the Local Option Tourist Development Tax (bed tax) levied on overnight visitors to Columbia County

Recreational Areas
Alligator Lake Recreation Area
420 SE Alligator Glen
Lake City, Florida 32025
Trail Map for Alligator Lake Park
Trail Map for Alligator Lake Park

Office - (386) 719-7545

HOURS:
Tuesday - Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.*
Monday - CLOSED

*Winter Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Columbia County purchased the Alligator Lake Recreation Area through the Florida Preservation 2000 grant program in 1997. Approximately 1000 acres of green space and wetlands, the area provides the following passive recreation opportunities:


  • 12 miles of Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Playground (Handicapped Accessible)
  • 6 Covered Picnic Pavilions (1st come 1st served)
  • Ponderosa Pavilion (reservations only)
  • Nature Observation
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Fishing
  • Canoe Trails
  • Canoe Launch
  • ADA restrooms

Additionally, the Ponderosa Pavilion is available for special events. For more information about reservations and rental charges for the facility, please contact the Landscape & Parks office, 386-719-7545 or by email at:

clint_pittman@columbiacountyfla.com



Falling Creek Falls

Phone: (386) 719-7545

HOURS:
Monday - Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.*

 *Winter Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Located on County Road 131 just north of the 441/I10 interchange, Falling Creek Falls was opened October 2001. A joint project between the Suwannee River Water Management District and Columbia County, the property was purchased from the Parker & Hogan Families to protect and preserve the Falls for present and future generations.

This park is an excellent example of an ongoing cooperative arrangement that benefits our public while protecting one of our most beautiful natural resources.

The Falling Creek Falls park provides the following recreation opportunities:

  • Elevated Boardwalk to
    the Falls
  • Grassed parking area
  • Three Picnic Pavillions
  • Walking Trail
  • Restroom
  • Playground

Five Points Park
Corner of Old Valdosta Hwy. and Laverne Ave.

Phone: (386) 719-7545

Five Points Park offers the following passive recreation opportunities:

  • Basketball Court
  • Playground equipment

The County has developed this park on property owned by the Columbia County School System, to provide residents and visitors to the Five Points community with a neighborhood recreation area.

Bethlehem Park
157 SW Bethlehem Ave.
Fort White, FL 32038
(Corner of Old Bellamy Rd and Bethlehem Ave.)

Contacts:
Neomia Brown at 386-438-4340
Harvey McCloud at 386-454-2526

Bethlehem Park offers the following passive recreation opportunities:

  • Basketball Court
  • Restrooms
  • Playground
  • 1 Picnic Pavilion
  • Softball Field

Richardson Community Center

Location
255 NE Coach Anders Lane
Lake City, Florida 32055
Phone numbers: 386-754-7095, 386-754-7096, fax 386-754-7097
Email: Mario Coppock or  Nicole Smith

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Facilities:

  • 1 Indoor Air-Conditioned Gymnasium with lockerooms/restrooms
  • 1 Conference Room
  • 1 Concessions Room
  • 1 all purpose meeting room
  • 1 Cafeteria
  • 1 Kitchen (oven, stove, refrigerator, microwave, three compartment sink)
  • 1 regulation softball field
  • 8 outdoor basketball courts
  • 1 tennis court
  • 3 covered picnic tables
  • 1 youth playground with equipment

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Community Centers

Community centers are located throughout the county and make excellent opportunities for families to hold reunions and gatherings.

Community Centers

Deep Creek Community Center
11934 N. US Highway 441
Lake City, Fl. 32055

Phone: 386-719-7568
Contact: Colby Law at
386-755-6975 (Milton's Grocery Store)

Additional Amenities: Playground Equipment, Basketball Court, Volley Ball Court, Walk Trail, Picnic Tables
Lulu Community Center
205 SW Community Drive
Lulu, Fl.32601


Phone: 386-758-2136
Contact: Renee Markham at
386-752-7499

Additional Amenities: Playground Equipment, Basketball Court, Picnic Pavilion
Mason City Community Center
11110 S. US Highway 441
Lake City, Fl. 32025
Phone: 386-758-1394
Contact: Margie Markham at
386-752-1494

Additional Amenities: Playground Equipment, Ball field, Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Picnic Pavilion

South Columbia Ft. White Community Center
17579 SW State Road 47
Fort White, Fl. 32038

Phone: 386-497-3089
Contact: Ft. White Town Hall at
386-497-2321

Additional Amenities: Ballfields, Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Playground equipment
Springville Community Center
3710 NW Suwannee Valley Road
Lake City, Fl. 32055


Phone: 386-752-5484
Contact: Fred McIntosh at 386-752-4205
Contact: Gloria McIntosh at 386-755-1099

Additional Amenities: Basketball Court, Picnic Pavilion, Playground equipment
westside community center

Westside Community Center
431 SW Birley Ave
Lake City, FL  32024
Contact:  Lucille Coates, 386-752-5617

Additional Amenities: Playground equipment
Winfield Community Center & Recreation Area
1324 NW Winfield St.
Lake City, Fl. 32055

Phone: 719-7509
Contact: Willy B. Allen at 386-397-0917 or Rentz Galloway at 386-752-5643

Additional Amenities:Ballfield, Basketball, Tennis Court, 2 covered picnic pavilions, Playground equipment, Nature Trail

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Boat Ramps

Access to the many water bodies and rivers of our area, the County maintains six boat ramps for the citizens of Columbia County and visitors to our area. Currently, there are no restroom facilities or other recreational amenities at these locations.

  • Alligator Lake South South Marion Avenue

  • Bible Camp Road Off 441/41 South at O'Leno Road

  • Cone Bridge US 441 North

  • Hollingsworth Bluff Off US 47 South at SW Hollingsworth Street

  • Rum Island Off County Road 138 South of Ft. White

  • River RiseUS Highway 27 between Ft. White and High Springs

To report problems/request repairs, please contact the Columbia County Public Works Department at (386) 758-1019.

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For further information regarding the City Recreation Department, please contact Roger Little at (386) 758-5427.

For further information regarding the County recreational facilities, please contact Clint Pittman at (386) 719-7545.


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