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Columbia County, FL | Recreational Areas

Rules For Recreational Areas

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 Recreational Complex

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Location

Southside Recreational Complex
1963 SW Bascom Norris Dr.
Lake City, Fl. 32025


Phone: 386-719-7545

Hours

Features

  • Tournament Ready
  • 13 Baseball Fields
  • 12 Softball Fields
  • 15 Batting Cages
  • 7 Soccer Fields
  • 846 Paved Parking Lots
  • Concessions and Restroom Buildings
  • Available Maintenance Staff

Baseball

  • 10 two hundred foot baseball fields. Four are lighted.
  • 3 three hundred foot baseball fields. One is lighted.
  • 15 screened batting cages.
  • * Maintenance of fields and restroom facilities during tournaments are provided at no cost to tournament promoters with a 24 team minimum registration.

Softball

  • 8 two hundred foot girls softball fields. All are lighted.
  • 4 three hundred foot adult softball fields. All are lighted.
  • 15 screened batting cages.
  • * Maintenance of fields and restroom facilities during tournaments are provided at no cost to tournament promoters with a 24 team minimum registration.

Soccer

  • 7 soccer fields of assorted sizes. Five are lighted
  • * Maintenance of fields and restroom facilities during tournaments are provided at no cost to tournament promoters with a 24 team minimum registration.


Alligator Lake Recreation Area

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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:

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: email.

Hours

Tuesday - Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.*
Monday - CLOSED
*Winter Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Features

  • 2 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>


Falling Creek Falls

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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.

Hours

Monday - Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.*
*Winter Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Features

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


Five Points Park

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.

Location

509 NW Johnson St
Lake City, FL 32055

Corner of Old Valdosta Hwy. and Laverne Ave.


Phone: (386) 719-7545

Hours

Sun up to sun down.

Features

  • Basketball Court
  • Playground equipment


Bethlehem Park

Location

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

Hours

Sun up to sun down.

Features

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