Civitan Park pier enhancements

Mission Statement

The Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide efficient, accessible and responsive services that enhance the quality of life, meet common and diverse needs, and promote safe and healthy recreation opportunities to a growing community.

The Parks and Recreation Department inventory of parks ranges from Perdido Key to Century and includes boat ramps, regional, neighborhood, and athletic parks. In addition to the vast array of park options, the department also manages the Escambia County Equestrian Center, Lake Stone Campground and the Pensacola Fishing Bridge. Youth athletics are managed by local athletic associations at county parks, with the department serving as a liaison to enhance the efforts of each organization. These organizations provide open athletic opportunities for the youth of Escambia County. Adult athletic leagues are managed through the department and include softball, soccer and flag football leagues. The Parks and Recreation Department also partners with eight local associations that coordinate the daily activities and programs for youth and adults at county community centers. 

Youth participate in the Kick Start Soccer Clinic at Escambia County's Brent Athletic Park.
Children play on the playground at Old Ensley Park.

FY 2017-2018 Accomplishments

  • 7,257 youth athletes comprising over 600 teams competed at county athletic fields in youth leagues in fiscal year 2017-2018. Sports that were offered included baseball, T-ball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse and cheerleading. The Parks and Recreation Department is proud to partner with the various youth athletic associations that conduct youth competitions at county-owned facilities.
  • Teams from across the country once again traveled to Escambia County to compete in sports events such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse. Many of these events were hosted at Escambia County athletic venues and generated significant local economic impact.
  • Offered multiple adult sports leagues throughout the year which included men’s, co-ed, and church league softball and soccer. A recreation-based and competitive flag football league was also added.
  • Under the management of the Parks and Recreation Department, the Davisville and Byrneville Community Centers combined for 106 rentals, which has increased by over 40 rentals over the past two years. Dance camps and cheerleading camps were also held at these centers.
  • Had 127 park rentals in which birthday parties, family reunions, bridal showers, corporate picnics and other gatherings were held.
  • Aided and partnered with eight organizations in the management of eight county-owned community centers, offering citizens a location for events, community activities, entertainment, recreation activities and more.
  • The Escambia County Equestrian Center hosted 53 events, comprised of horse shows, dog shows, rodeo, 5-K runs, musical events, and other special events that yielded a total local economic impact of over $7 million.
  • A new walking track was added at the Extension Office to provide recreation to the citizens within this area.
  • A transformation was completed at the Fritz Field Model Airplane park, which included parking changes and adjustments in structures to accommodate a new pattern of flight.
  • The Bellview Athletic Complex baseball and softball fields were revamped with field and light upgrades, which were followed by many youth practices and high school baseball and softball games in the spring.
  • A new playground was added at the Brownsville Community Center, and has proven very popular to the residents of the area along with the after school and summer camp attendees.
  • Additional soccer field lights were added at the Southwest Sports Complex that benefit the local youth and families participating at this facility.
  • New outdoor exercise equipment was added at Carver Park and Civitan Park.
  • Civitan Park pier enhancements were completed.
  • New dugouts and sidewalks were added to baseball fields at Don Sutton Park in Molino.
  • New climbing and playground amenities were installed at Marie Ella Davis Community Center and Park.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and equipment safety continued to be a top priority within the Parks and Recreation field staff.
  • Continued teaming up with the Escambia County Marine Resources Division, Water Quality and Land Management Division, and the Road Department on various maintenance including dock repairs, boardwalk repairs at Glynn Key and in Jones Swamp, shoreline restoration, and other recreation or common areas that are county-maintained.
Football Field Maintained by Escambia County


Participants in youth athletics


Dollars of economic impact from 53 Equestrian Center events


Park rentals for community events