|To protect the public and employees and to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Sanford has closed all municipal parks effective March 20, 2020.
The City of Sanford owns or operates eight parks in Sanford’s city limits: Depot Park, the front section of Kiwanis Family Park, Walter McNeil Jr. Park, Third Street Park, Maple Avenue Park, Carr Creek Park, Sunset Park, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Due to the closure, the restrooms at Depot Park will be closed indefinitely. The restrooms at Kiwanis Family Park are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
This closure means that no date has been determined for opening the Kiwanis Family Park Splash Pad.
The Endor Iron Furnace Greenway and Kiwanis Family Park walking trails are still open to the public.
The City of Sanford hopes that the neighborhood parks will encourage community members to interact with their neighbors as their children engage in outdoor activity; improving Sanford's overall sense of community.
Sanford opened two neighborhood parks in the summer of 2008. The Third Street Park is located at the intersection of Third Street and North Avenue and the Walter H. McNeil Jr. Park is located at the intersection of Martin Street and Pineland Street.
These parks officially opened on 08-05 during our yearly National Night Out (NNO) celebration, an event that brings community members together for one night each year. Opening the parks on this day emphasizes our commitment to building a strong community with safe, clean parks that are cheerful and welcoming for young children.
Since then, the City has opened parks in the Carr Creek community and on Fourth Street between Maple Avenue and Oakwood Avenue.
The City's Buildings and Grounds department will keep these parks in good, clean condition by regularly trimming the greenery and lawn, as well as removing all litter from the grounds and emptying the trash receptacles.
The department is also responsible for each park's playground equipment. Staff members inspect the equipment every day for wear and tear and to ensure that the parks maintain a satisfactory safety mulch barrier. When the barrier begins the thin, the department bulks it up with fresh safety mulch.