Water FountainThe Administration Division coordinates the operational activities, priorities and direction of the Parks & Recreation Department. It provides leadership and assistance to the 13 departmental divisions and their staff, while organizing and establishing a strong public relationship with the citizens of Winter Park.

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.

Award Winning

  • Lake Baldwin Park off-leash area won Best Place to Take Your Dog to Play – Orlando Weekly Magazine 2021
  • Winter Park Farmers’ Market voted Central Florida’s Favorite Farmers’ Market – Orlando Weekly Magazine 2002-2021
  • CAPRA (Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies) accredited since 2010; reaccredited in 2015
  • Administrative Coordinator Janet Paul voted Chamber Hero 2014 – Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Playful City USA 2011-2013 – KaBOOM!
  • Central Park voted Best Park – Winter Park Chamber of Commerce 2013
  • Transportation Specialist Darius Gallagher voted Chamber Hero 2012 – Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Assistant Director Ronald Moore voted Chamber Hero 2011 – Winter Park Chamber of Commerce


Parks & Recreation staff are engaged in peer organizations and stay current in licensing and training.

  • Three NRPA Certified Parks and Recreation Professionals on staff
  • Two Certified Playground Inspectors on Staff
  • Two Certified Pool Operators on Staff
  • Six Licensed Pesticide Applicators
  • Ten Certified Crowd Managers
  • One Abrahams Academy Graduate
  • One NRPA Revenue School Graduate
  • Two National Golf Foundation Municipal Golf Course Institute Graduate
  • One FRPA Central Region Director of Professional Development

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

DinkyDockThe Parks & Recreation Advisory Board typically meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Winter Park Community Center. Access the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board page to view current board members, packets and minutes. To be placed on an email list for agenda distribution, please contact kthompson@cityofwinterpark.org.

All Tree Related Inquiries

Please visit the Urban Forestry page or call 407-599-3325.

Contact Information

Athletic Field Rentals

Building Rentals

Park Pavilion Rentals

Special Events

Kesha Thompson

Recreation Superintendent of the Community Center

Cathleen Daus

Assistant Director

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.