In 1997, the City of Sanford and Downtown Sanford Inc had a joint vision for a park in Sanford's historic downtown that would highlight the city's roots while giving people a clean, relaxing place to come together.
After much hard work, that vision was realized in Depot Park. The parks now used for concerts, celebrations, and special events. There are picnic tables and benches for visitors to enjoy.
The park includes the Railroad House, the Railroad Depot, and the surrounding land - which has been shaped into a unique and inviting landscape with picnic tables, benches and fountains that encourage people to meet in downtown Sanford for work, play, or simply to relax in a peaceful environment.
The City's Buildings and Grounds department maintains Depot Park. The department's staff keeps the park in impeccable condition by regularly fertilizing and mowing the grounds and pruning the shrubbery, as well as removing all litter from the grounds and emptying the trash receptacles twice per week.
The department is also responsible for the park's fountain. Staff members monitor the fountain each day to ensure its pH and chlorine levels are correct and that the filter system is in good working order. The department also cleans the tanks and operational system each month.
The fountain at Depot Park runs May through October each year. The fountain runs on the following schedule:
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The bathroom facilities at the park are only opened when the park is rented for a private event.
To rent the park, contact Downtown Sanford, Inc. For more information about the fountain and its maintenance, contact the Public Works Service Center at 919-775-8247.