The city is committed to preserving and enhancing our natural systems that help make Winter Park such a great place to live.


Winter Park has been actively involved in lake management since the 1960’s and our lakes provide tremendous recreational opportunities. More recently, we have expanded our focus to include the management of terrestrial habitats. Through efforts such as controlling invasive exotic plant species, planting and promoting native vegetation and encouraging Florida friendly landscaping, Winter Park is improving the ecological value of our wetland and upland ecosystems. More ›


Winter Park has a number of recreational facilities and parks to help you stay active! The Parks & Recreation Department is a nationally accredited agency and has met or exceeded best practices in the ten required elements which include planning, administration, financial management, facility management, programs and services. More ›

Urban Forests

The Urban Forestry Division was formed to protect, preserve, enhance, and nurture Winter Park’s urban forest by utilizing best management practices and the most up-to-date scientific research. Staff maintains existing vigorous trees, removes dead/diseased/dying trees, and replants with a diverse species selection in an effort to promote our most important renewable resource as well as sustain our forest for today and future generations. More ›

Contact Information

Vanessa A. Balta

Sustainability & Permitting Planner

Agnieszka Tarnawska

Sustainability & Permitting Assistant

Our Vision

Winter Park is the city of arts and culture, cherishing its traditional scale and charm while building a healthy and sustainable future for all generations.