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 all day, year round, except when undergoing maintenance.
Bathrooms are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. from May through November and 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. the remainder of the year.
Depot Park Rental
Depot Park Rental: No rentals after September 3, 2023 due to building renovation.
Please complete the Depot Park Facility Use Application and Permit.
You must verify that the requested date of the event is available before submitting your application by clicking the calendar here. Only one event is allowed per day.
A Certificate of Liability must accompany the letter of request before approval can be given. This cannot be a request or application for insurance. It must contain the following information:
a. Certificate must include the following information, see example:
|i. Name of insured|
|ii. Event Location/date|
|iii. City of Sanford names as “additional insured”|
|iv. Correct City address (225 E. Weatherspoon St.)|
|v. Signature of authorized representative|
|vi. Additional page showing how to collect (attached)|
|vii. If the event will be serving alcohol, liquor liability will need to be added to the policy in the amount of $2,000,000|
b. City representative will forward a copy to Risk Management for approval
Application for Permit for Special Events can be picked up from the front desk at the Police Station, or obtained here. It must be filled out completely and returned to the Police Station for approval.
Obtain a Alcohol Consumption Permit approval for alcohol consumption/sales. Applicant must submit with the application with the appropriate prior approval/permit from ABC Commission.
For more information about the park and its maintenance, contact the Public Works Service Center at 919-775-8247.