Community & Recreation

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The vision of the Parks & Recreation Department is to be a recognized leader in providing parks, facilities, and programs that increase wellness and enrich life experiences within our community. Our mission? To promote healthy and socially rewarding activities through the preservation of cultural resources and the provision of diverse high-quality parks and natural spaces.

CAPRA AccreditedThe Department is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies for excellence in operation and service through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Accreditation provides quality assurance and quality improvement by providing agencies with a management system of best practices. CAPRA is the only national accreditation of park and recreation agencies and is a valuable measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management, and service to the community. To learn more about our agency accreditation, visit the NRPA website.

The City of North Port offers more than 400 acres of parkland, 3 recreational facilities, numerous programs and special events, more than 80 miles of freshwater canals, 1 state park, and access to Charlotte Harbor from the Myakka River. There are hundreds of opportunities to get involved and enjoy the benefits of a city focused on enriching the life experiences of its residents.

2024 National Gold Medal Finalist

Gold-Medal-Finalist-LogoWe are excited to announce that North Port Parks & Recreation has been selected as a 2024 American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration National Gold Medal Award Program Finalist for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in Class III (population 75,001–150,000). This is an amazing accomplishment for our team as it is highly unusual for first time applicants to be selected as a finalist.

The Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff and elected officials. Four finalists in each class are chosen to compete for grand honors each year. 

City of North Port Parks & Recreation Department Master Plan

The purpose of the City of North Port Parks & Recreation Master Plan is to provide the City of North Port Parks & Recreation Division with future direction regarding the City's parks, facilities, programs, and activities. The master plan identifies and organizes how specific objectives will be met and achieved. 

We invite you to review the City of North Port Parks & Recreation Master Plan.(PDF, 12MB)  


Local Parks

Time to get out and play! Check out all of the local parks available and their amenities with this handy search feature.

Register Online

Register for one of our many programs, classes, or activities today! You won't regret it. More information can be found through the Parks & Recreation online registration system.

View Digital Playbook

Learn more about our other upcoming events, facilities, programs, and parks by reviewing our Playbook, it's your guide to all things Parks & Recreation in the City of North Port.

Contact Us

Parks & Recreation Department
City Hall, Third Floor
4970 City Hall Boulevard
North Port, FL 34286

(941) 429-7275 Office
(941) 429-3557 Fax

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