Named a Playful City USA community for the eighth consecutive year, the city of North Port offers 24 parks, 2 recreational facilities offering numerous programs, 80 miles of freshwater canals, one state park, and access to Charlotte Harbor from the Myakka River.

North Port offers hundreds of opportunities to get involved and enjoy the benefits of a city focused on the wellbeing of its residents.

To be a recognized leader in providing parks, facilities, and programs that increase wellness and enrich life experiences within our community.

To promote healthy and socially rewarding activities through the preservation of cultural resources and the provision of diverse high-quality parks and natural spaces.

Visit the links below to our frequently visited pages, or browse the menu to the left for a more in-depth view of the exciting opportunities the City of North Port’s Parks & Recreation has available.

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Parks & Recreation Department is committed to improving the quality of life in our community by promoting healthy lifestyles, maintaining community assets, being good stewards of our parks and open spaces, and fostering a sense of community pride and common purpose.

What is Playful CityUSA?

Playful CityUSA is a national recognition program honoring cities and towns determined to prioritize play and ensure that children are healthy by providing time and space for play. The City of North Port was named a Playful City USA for the eighth consecutive year in 2017 and joins 258 communities nationwide as a Playful City USA Community. 

GMAC playground with kids posed DWP kids on playground boy swinging


As part of the Playful City USA program, other communities across the country look to North Port as a role model. These cities and towns will examine our best practices and look to replicate them in their communities. There is great pride in knowing that what we're doing in North Port will improve the lives of our children and children throughout our nation. Click on the Playful City graphic to the left to view our 2016 Playability Video.

Click on Playful City USA sign to view video.

Visit the Kaboom website to search for playgrounds, parks, and other play areas near you by city, state, or postal/zip code.

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