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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, May 13, 2020 4 months ago

Ocoee opens boat ramps, certain parks

Safety measures are still in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor

The city of Ocoee has reopened its boat ramps and parks after being closed for over a month due to the coronavirus and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ safer-at-home order. The following rules have been issued:

• Parks will be open from dawn to dusk for passive use. Activities like walking, bicycling and jogging are permitted.

• City boat ramps will be open to the public. The ramps are located at Municipal Lakefront Park, 150 N. Lakeshore Drive, and Prairie Lake Park, 2075 Hackney Prairie Road, a non-motorized boat launch.

• All public restrooms, playgrounds, basketball courts, pavilions and tennis courts will remain closed until further notice.

• Parks users will still need to comply with current social distancing guidelines by not congregating in groups of more than 10 people and maintaining six feet of separation from others.

• Park rangers and police officers will patrol these areas to ensure the public is following guidelines from the governor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• All parks and recreation programs are canceled until further notice. At this time, the offering of summer camp and youth sports is to be determined and will evolve with each phase of the reopening plan.

• These cancellations include all sporting events held at city parks and the city pool.

• All other parks and recreation facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, including the Jim Beech Recreation Center, Tom Ison Senior and Veterans Center, Vignetti Building, Ocoee Lakeshore Center and the Withers Maguire House.

For information, call the Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department at (407) 877-5803 or visit

Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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