Recreation & Parks Facilities

Wilson Bay ParkThe Jacksonville Recreation and Parks Department currently operates five (5) recreation centers, an outdoor amphitheater, a marina and seventeen (17) parks within the city limits of Jacksonville.  The department also operates two (2) splash pads during the summer season.  Each of these facilities offer residents and visitors of Jacksonville the opportunity for recreational use, thus encouraging a place for friends, families and neighbors to gather for a common purpose.  These gatherings encourage activities that are enriching to the lives of those who participate. Our goal is to provide exceptional leisure opportunities that enhance the sense of community within the City of Jacksonville.

  • Reservations of facilities are accepted up to one year in advance, based on availability.  
  • Reservations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Jacksonville Recreation and Parks core programs, events or scheduled administrative use have priority over use by individuals or organizations.
  • A notice of 21 days is required for the reservation of a recreation center; park shelter reservations can be made at any time.

Rental fees are charged based upon the appropriate fee for that facility, as designated by the current City of Jacksonville Fee Schedule.

  1. Recreation Centers
  2. Park Shelters
  3. Athletic Fields

Recreation Centers

Reservations for indoor recreation centers will not be take until after August 1, 2021.

There are five recreation centers within the City of Jacksonville available for use by residents and visitors.  A number of these recreation centers are available for reservation by individuals, organizations or groups for events, meetings and family gatherings.

How to Reserve a Recreation Center 

If you would like to reserve a particular recreation center for your gathering, please submit a Facility Rental Application (pdf). Problem opening the document?  Call 910 938-5312 and request to have us send it via email.

For more information on a particular recreation center, including capacity and amenities available, please select the appropriate facility in the list below.  

Fees for the reservation of recreation centers as adopted by City Council with each fiscal year budget:

Recreation Center Name

Non Profit or Private Event 

Non Profit Event as fundraiser 

Commercial Event

Facility Capacity

Jack Amyette Recreation Center

This facility is currently not available for reservation.

Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center 

Meeting Room
$20/hour$40/hour$60/hourBanquet Seating-40
$50/hour$100/hour$150/hourBanquet Seating-973
Entire Building
Jacksonville Commons Adult Center

Entire Building
$40/hour$80/hour$120/hourBanquet Seating-60
Jacksonville Youth Center

Entire Building
$30/hour$60/hour$90/hourBanquet Seating-100
Kerr Street Recreation Center

Entire Building
$20/hour$40/hour$60/hourBanquet Seating-40
Northwoods Recreation Center

Entire Building
$20/hour$40/hour$60/hourBanquet Seating-40

For a complete list of Recreation facilities click here.