The East Orlando area is served by several parks and health organizations that provide residents with year-round recreational activities. Additionally, there are many organized sports programs for all ages, from children to seniors. From the East Orange Soccer Club to Orange County recreational leagues for youth and adults and the three YMCA branches, East Orlando residents have a variety of activities at their fingertips.
Eighteen percent of all available land in East Orlando is set aside for recreational use. This signifies the importance of recreation in the area, as well as a desire and willingness to protect the natural landscape.
Arcadia Acres Park – Located on Goldenrod Road in Azalea Park, the 10-acre neighborhood park offers a playground, basketball court and access to the Little Econ Greenway trail.
Bithlo Community Park – Home to 38 acres, the park is a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. It features Little League baseball fields, a covered basketball court, community center, fishing pond and skate park.
Blanchard Park – Located in the heart of the East Orlando community, just one mile north of Highway 50 and east of Alafaya Trail, Blanchard Park is home to 84 acres. Visitors enjoy picnic areas, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, trails, baseball fields, multipurpose fields, playgrounds and soccer fields. Because it parallels the Little Econlockhatchee River, canoeing, kayaking and fishing are also popular, in addition to the Little Econ Greenway Trail which runs through the park. The park offers various recreation programs and hosts community events and activities. The Blanchard Park YMCA Family Center is located within the boundaries of Blanchard Park.
Cady Way Trail – This 3.5-mile paved trail extends from Herndon Avenue, near Baldwin park, north through Winter Park to the Goldenrod area before it connects to the Cross Seminole trail.
Downey Park – East Orlando’s off-leash dog park is home to a variety of other recreational opportunities. Located at the intersection of Dean Road and Highway 50, the park includes a baseball and softball complex, sand volleyball, picnic areas, a playground and sand beach on the shores of Lake Downey.
Engelwood Park – The community park features playground and picnic facilities.
Fort Christmas Park – Visitors enjoy 25 acres of picnic areas, a rental pavilion, playgrounds, basketball, tennis courts, sand volleyball, and several multipurpose fields at Fort Christmas Park. The park is also home to a replica of a fort built in 1837 during the Seminole Indian War as well as seven pioneer homes.
Goldenrod Park – Located on Goldenrod Road near Aloma, the park is home to a playground, small pavilion and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.
Hal Scott Preserve – Individuals looking for a glimpse into the past will find that the Hal Scott Preserve is the place to be. Over 9,000 acres of preserved land wait to be explored on miles of hiking trails that travel along the Econlockhatchee River.
Little Econ Greenway – This 7.9-mile paved trail runs parallel to the Little Econ River and stretches from Forsyth Road to Alafaya Trail. The trail will eventually extend 10 miles linking the University of Central Florida and the Cross Seminole Trail System.
Moss Park – This 1,551-acre park in Southeast Orlando off Narcoossee Road, features picnicking, camping, boating, hiking and volleyball. There is a park entrance fee of $1 per person.
Orlando Wetlands Park – The 1,650-acre park is home to more than 20 miles of scenic trails in Christmas. The park is closed from October 1 to February 1 each year.
Split Oak Forest – This 1,800-acre forest in Southeast Orlando is only accessible by a hiking trail located within Moss Park and offers exceptional wildlife views.
Tosohatchee State Reserve – 28,000 acres of the reserve border 19 miles of the St. Johns River in Christmas. The park offers horseback riding, primitive camping, hiking, biking and swimming.
Wedgefield Park – Featuring volleyball, baseball and softball facilities, this park is also home to a playground and picnic area.