Parks & Recreation
Stacy Webb & Brandi Bernales
The Parks and Recreation
Department maintains county public parks and boat
landings located along the banks of the Choctawhatchee
River, Holmes Creek, and at many of Washington County’s
beautiful lakes. The department employs inmate
supervisors and Washington Correctional Institute and
Caryville Work Camp provide inmate labor utilized in the
construction, refurbishment, and upkeep of the parks and
boat landings. Washington County takes great pride in
its natural resources and the Parks and Recreation
Department, in cooperation with the Department of
Corrections, keeps the parks and boat landings clean and
safe for public use.
The Department has been very successful in applications
to the Department of Environmental Protection for
development of new parks. Hicks Lake Park, St. Joseph
Community Park, and the renovation of Blue Lake Park and
Daniels Lake Sports Complex are some of the recent
awards. Construction on Campbell Park,
between Vernon and Ebro, has been completed. Our newest
park under construction is Hunter Park located in
The Department has also constructed several boat
ramps with monies from Florida Boating Improvement
Program grants. These grants are currently administered
through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Formerly, the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection and later the Florida Department of Natural
Resources administered the Florida Boating Improvement
Program. Cedar Tree Boat Ramp, Jenkins Landing Boat
Ramp, and Stewart Lake Boat Ramp are some of the boat
ramps either refurbished or constructed through these
grants. Our most recent additions to Washington County's
boat ramp facilities are
Two Creek Estates (Fanning Branch Park)
Most of the various projects we construct are funded with grant monies.
The Department will continue to apply for grants in hopes of providing
more recreational activities to the public.
Our Department is also responsible for coordinating
rentals of four of our local community centers;
Blue Lake Community Center (Currently Closed),
Five Points Community Center,
Hinson Crossroads Community Center,
Orange Hill Community Center,
and the new Sunny Hills Community Center..
The rental fee for each of the above-listed community centers is
$160.50 plus tax per event; an additional
refundable cleaning deposit in the amount of $53.50 plus tax will be
charged in addition to rental fees. Our office has prepared rental rules
and a rental contract for persons renting these community centers, both
of which have been approved for use by the Washington County Board of
Commissioners. You may contact our office for more information.
Finally, the department is responsible for roadside
debris cleaning, and grounds maintenance at the County offices,
including the Government Annex. They have received numerous awards
from local garden clubs and the City of Chipley. We have recently
undertaken the additional responsibility of cleaning the Washington
County Government Annex Offices thanks to additional county inmate
labor provided by the Washington County Jail.
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7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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County Parks and Recreation Department
1331 South Blvd
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