The City of Ormond Beach received state recognition at the annual Florida Festival and Events Conference in Naples, Florida, for two of its programs. With over 500 applications and only 50 award winners, the Enviro Camp placed first in the category of Educational Programs
Enviro Camp was developed from an idea Siobhan Daly, Casements Cultural Center Coordinator, had in 2006. Originally a four-week summer camp program for children age’s seven to ten, Enviro Camp has grown in popularity and now runs for eight weeks during the summer. Enviro Camp moved from The Casements to the Environmental Discovery Center when the facility opened in 2016. The Enviro Camp program sells out within hours of registration opening and is celebrated by members of the community as the camp their children look forward to most each summer.
The City of Ormond Beach also placed second in the category for Green Programs for our Community Gardens. The mission statement of our community gardens program is, “To create and maintain public gardens that promote a healthy lifestyle and for those who share a love and desire to learn more about gardening.” Both of Ormond Beach’s Community Gardens are located within our Central Park system. Our first Community Garden is located in Central Park off Hammock Lane, and the second in Central Park off Fleming Avenue. Both are within walking distance of the Environmental Discovery Center. The Grand Opening of our first Community Garden was on June 5, 2015, and our second Community Garden opened on February 4, 2017. There are 59 community garden plots in total at the two Community Garden sites which are available on a first-come, first-served basis to local residents.
The Leisure Services Department is very proud to receive these awards on behalf of the City of Ormond Beach as we continue to promote a healthy environment for our community.