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:
Do not attach decorations, tarps, or banners of any kind to the picnic pavilions.
|Southside Sports Complex|
Southside Recreation Complex
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
Community centers are located throughout the county and make excellent opportunities for families to hold reunions and gatherings.
|Deep Creek Community
11934 N. US Highway 441
Lake City, Fl. 32055
Contact: Colby Law at
386-755-6975 (Milton's Grocery Store)
Additional Amenities: Playground Equipment, Basketball Court, Volley Ball Court, Walk Trail, Picnic Tables
205 SW Community Drive
Contact: Renee Markham at
Additional Amenities: Playground Equipment, Basketball Court, Picnic Pavilion
|Mason City Community Center
11110 S. US Highway 441
Lake City, Fl. 32025
Contact: Margie Markham at
Additional Amenities: Playground Equipment, Ball field, Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Picnic Pavilion
Ft. White Community Center
17579 SW State Road 47
Fort White, Fl. 32038
Contact: Ft. White Town Hall at
Additional Amenities: Ballfields, Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Playground equipment
|Springville Community Center
3710 NW Suwannee Valley Road
Lake City, Fl. 32055
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
Center & Recreation Area
1324 NW Winfield St.
Lake City, Fl. 32055
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
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.
For further information regarding the City Recreation Department,
please contact Terri Phillips at (386) 758-5427.
For further information regarding the County recreational facilities,
please contact Clint Pittman at (386) 719-7545.