Orange County Community Park

Orange County Parks Reaches Goal of 14 New Multi-purpose Fields

Community & Services

The Orange County Parks and Recreation Division is closing in on a milestone. Bomberos Field Park – a new 20-acre site with three lighted multi-purpose fields, a concession stand, restroom facilities and a playground – is set for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 4 at 9:30 a.m. with Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and District 4 Commissioner Maribel Gomez Cordero. The $6.1 million project, located next to Orange County Fire Station 77 on Moss Park Road in Orlando, brings Parks to its long-range goal of creating 14 new multi-purpose fields, which was set in place in 2014.

“Demand has not been limited to a need for open park space,” explains Matt Suedmeyer, manager of the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division. “When the County embarked on this effort seven years ago, we only had six regulation-sized fields with lights in the entire County. We developed these multi-purpose fields in new and existing parks to accommodate the need for a growing population that wants to play field sports, including soccer, flag football, lacrosse and others.”

Six sites are home to these 14 fields, along with other amenities – all built with park County impact fees or INVEST money. Impact fees provide one way to help ensure that existing residents will not bear the cost of capital improvements and services necessitated by new development; residential development is assessed Transportation, Fire, Law Enforcement, Parks and Recreation, and School impact fees. The INVEST program allotted $20 million for the development of new parks or the improvement of existing parks and facilities.

Total construction costs, including other park amenity developments: $29,467,673.

Orange County Parks and Recreation maintains nearly 15,000 acres of land with 109 parks, trails, boat ramps, recreation facilities and the historic Powell Cemetery. An estimated 13 million people visit Orange County parks and participate in programs annually.

Photo cutline: Aerial view of Orange County’s newest park, Bomberos Field Park.

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