Department Perspective, Trends & Highlights

The City of Deltona Parks & Recreation Department desires to optimize the use of its municipal facilities for public purposes and to increase the opportunities for adult and youth recreational programs in the City.  As part of our continued effort in achieving this goal, the City of Deltona has continued to make recreation programs an important component for the citizens.  in FY 15/16, the City was able to renovate several facilities which were in need of enhancement to better serve the citizens of Deltona of all ages. 

Recreation Enhancements during FY 15/16 included:

  • Continue to provide "Concert in the Amphitheater" - Deltona Amphitheater, while continuing to  offer a vast array of entertainers increasing to 8 concerts per year.  
  • "Easter Eggstravaganza" event with over 4,500 children in attendance.  
  • Halloween "Spooktacular" community event which continues to grow each year with over 20,000 in attendance.  
  • "Wags & Whiskers" Pet Festival has increased in popularity with over 249 dogs and 35 cats participating at the Keysville Dog Park.  
  • Hosted Santa's North Pole in the Deltona Library Auditorium with over 650 children and families viewing a Winter Wonderland of decorations provided by staff.  
  • Partnered with several not-for-profit organizations providing logistical support in hosting community events at Dewey Boster, thereby offering a cultural environment in the Deltona community.  
  • Hosted the Community Expo annual event for the fourth year.  The City's Arts and Craft Festival continues to outpace City Hall events.  
  • Hosted several major soccer tournaments and continued the City's relationship with the Seminole Soccer Association with a record number of soccer teams participating at Dewey Boster Soccer Complex during the month of May and Memorial Day weekend.  Staff continues to promote sports tourism and economic development.  The City hosted and partnered with the Champions Cup and the Greater Central Florida (GCF) Region Cup.

During FY 15/16 the City was able to continue to provide our very successful Adult/Youth Athletic Leagues.  Additionally, we partnered with several youth not-for-profit sports organizations to provide opportunities for citizenry to participate in T-ball, Little League baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and tackle football/cheerleading.

Receiving community feedback is very essential to the success of the Parks & Recreation Department and the City of Deltona.  The Community Feedback Questionnaire provides residents with an opportunity to express their opinions and make suggestions in a formal manner either online or by paper.  Additionally, we continue to receive community feedback from our residents at our monthly Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee meeting (7 members) which meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in City Hall at 6:00pm.  Minutes of our meetings can be found on our department page on the City's website.  Finally, residents are also able to email us as we have several community feedback questions identified on the City's website.

Completed Park Projects for FY 15/16:

  • Wes Crile Park:  Added sports field lighting to the open space fields area and upgraded the landscaping.  Added a new storage shed.
  • Lake Butler Skate Park:  Installed a new shade structure and added new video cameras enhancing security.
  • Vann Park:  Added new shade structures and enhancing field conditions for safety concerns.
  • Dewey Boster:  Added park perimeter fencing, installed a public address system, cleared and grubbed a wooded section to add additional parking and construct green space.
  • Lake Gleason Park:  Enhanced the boat ramp with shell to enhance safety concerns.
  • Veterans Museum Memorial Park:  Pressure washed and painted both buildings.

Park Projects Scheduled for FY 15/16:

  • Dwight Hawkins Park:  Construct and install a pre-fab restroom and install an irrigation well.
  • Veterans Museum Memorial Park:  Construct a storage facility.
  • Manny Rodriguez Park:  Design and construct an outfield fence with netting.
  • Campbell Park:  Renovate the basketball court.