Extending from the Halifax River to the Atlantic Ocean, this 37-acrepark north of Ormond Beach is stacked with enhancements. Beachgoers may stop over the road from the sea on the recreation center’s east side to appreciate the sand and surf.
Volusia County opened a 4-acrebark park at Bicentennial Park in 2010. The pooch park incorporates separate zones for huge and little mutts, watering stations, seats and shade trees. The large dog area offers shaded areas for humans and dogs alike, a sandy area and watering station for the doggies to refresh. There are benches available for the dog lovers to sit and read a good book while their pooch baby runs and plays with other dogs. There is a double fence at the entrance to help ensure that dogs do not escape the doggie park when others are exiting.
This park also features a small dog area that is a little smaller in land size than the large dog area but also boasts watering stations, lush green grass and benches for owners to sit.
For the little tikes, there is a playground featuring swings, slides and monkey bars. The park has large tennis courts and a huge grass field for numerous activities. Feel free to play soccer, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee or just run free in the lush green field. Want to play some basketball? There is even a large basketball court available. Dogs, adults and children alike love this park for its natural beauty and numerous activities available.
Explorers hoping to return to nature may take a side trip along on of the recreation center’s inclination trails and footpaths. Twisting through the clean natural surroundings, gopher tortoises and raccoons call this territory home. The western end of the trail conveys walkers to the Riv-Ocean Drive angling dock on the Halifax River. At the end of the trail, you will find yourself overlooking the Halifax River where many have seen manatees, jumping fish, turtles and even dolphins enjoying the water. You are also likely to see many boats cruising about, many fisherman, jet-skiiers, paddle boaters and other water recreational activities.
Michael Crotty, who passed away in 2010, was a well-known lawyer in the area and avid community volunteer. The recreation center was renamed in his respect in December 2011.
Another great place to visit in Ormond Beach is Ormond Memorial Art Museum.
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