Parks & Trails
Parks and Facilities Listing
Freedom Florence Recreation Complex is a 100-acre multipurpose recreation park operated and staffed by the City of Florence Parks and Recreation Department. The Complex was designed, in part, to provide championship caliber softball fields and facilities for our local leagues as well as to host various state, regional and national level tournaments that have a direct economic impact for the Florence community. The Complex boasts many amenities, including 9 lighted state-of-the-art tournament softball fields, 3 football fields, an 11, 600 square foot Gymnastics Center, a five acre lake, picnic areas and shelter, an amphitheater and walking/jogging trails. Science South is also located in the complex, but is not owned or operated by the City of Florence. The complex is located off Pamplico Highway, at 1515 Freedom Boulevard and is open from sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday, as well as nights and weekends depending upon league and/or tournament schedules. Most of the areas are free and open to the public; however, most weekend tournament games require admission fees. Information regarding activities or programs at the Freedom Florence Recreation Complex can be attained by calling Rocky Rietkovich at (843) 669-4597 or (843) 665-3253.
Barnes and Chase Streets
2 acres at 513 Barnes Street (corner of Barnes and Chase Streets). Features an Activity Center for Teen and Adult programming – open gym space, exercise equipment, after school teen programming with computer room and activity space. Houses the Recreation Administrative Offices. For more information, call the center at (843) 665-3253.
Oakland and Roughfork Street
7.5 acres at 800 Oakland Avenue (Oakland and Maxwell Streets) offers 4 basketball goals, a baseball/softball practice field, a playground, Community Center, and a quarter-mile walking track.
Between Edisto Drive and DeBerry Boulevard
55 acres between Edisto Drive and DeBerry Boulevard, features nature trails, playgrounds, a picnic area and picnic shelter.
4 acres located off of East Palmetto Street on Stadium Drive, includes one lighted regulation size baseball field with seating for 2500, concession stand and press box.
1 acre on Dixie Street between Chase and Sanborn Street, includes a picnic area and picnic shelter.
13.6 acres at 356 Jeffords Street (between Pine Street and E. Palmetto) has a community center for Seniors/Adults, a Youth Activity Center, a playground, a picnic area and 2 picnic shelters, 8 basketball goals, 2 tennis courts, a lighted softball field, baseball field and a football field. Levy Park is named after Dr. James R. Levy and is commonly mispronounced. It's intended pronunciation is Lee-Vee.
Between Park Avenue and Santee Drive
12 acres between Park Avenue and Santee Drive, highlights nature trails and gardens, in addition to a playground, picnic shelter and area, as well as two tennis courts.
4 acres at 915 Gregg Avenue (between Gregg and King Avenues) has 2 lighted baseball fields, restrooms, concessions, a Community Center, a playground, and picnic shelter.
48.5 acres at 620 Santiago Drive with nature trails, 2 picnic shelters, restrooms, 5 lighted baseball fields, concession stands, press boxes, 6 basketball goals, a skate park, competition horseshoe facility, dog park, and pond.
Between Roughfork and Athens Street
7 acres located at 310 Roughfork Street (between Roughfork and Athens Streets) has 2 lighted baseball fields with restrooms, concession stand, press boxes, and playground area. Located behind the Florence Boys and Girls Club.
Ingram and Clement Street
8.42 acres at 801 Ingram Street (corner of Ingram and Clement Streets) offers a community center for Seniors, Adults and Children, a lighted baseball/softball field, concession stand, restrooms, 6 basketball goals, a playground, picnic area and a large shelter.
Off Woods Drive
3.5 acres off Woods Drive, between Jebaily and Westmoreland Drive, provides a playground, a picnic area and shelter, skating path, softball field, two tennis courts, and a basketball court.
Timrod Park Drive
18 acres at 400 Timrod Park Drive has 14 lighted tennis courts, 7 pickleball courts, a playground, picnic areas, a picnic shelter, a gazebo, a fitness area, an amphitheater, nature trails and two rain gardens.
S. Woody Jones Boulevard
The Florence Veterans Park Committee and the City of Florence held the official opening and dedication ceremony for the Florence Veterans Park on November 11, 2008. Members from various branches of the military, both active and retired, took part in the opening ceremonies through the presentation of the colors, the pledge of allegiance, the invocation and the raising of the individual branch flags. The keynote speaker for the event was Columbia native Major General (R) Charles F. Bolden, Jr. USMC. Following his remarks, Mayor Frank Willis and Alex Palkovich (sculptor) unveiled the Parks center obelisk and bronze eagle followed by Committee Co-Chairs Rick Walden and Tom Marschel, both US Army Viet Nam veterans, unveiling of the Wall of Honor.
The City of Florence contracted local construction firm Florence Builders for the construction of the park on approximately 6 acres of land. The site is comprised of land donated for the park by the estate of the late R.P. Byrd and by World War II veteran and former Florence representative in the S.C. State House of Representatives Edward L. Young. The project was first announced by former Florence Mayor Frank Willis in June 2005.
The $2 million project cost for the park, which is adjacent to the Florence Civic Center, is funded through the City’s hospitality funds. Besides the center obelisk and the Wall of Honor, the park features also include an amphitheater, a water wall with pool, a steel wall with the oath of enlistment and a landscaped circular trellis area. These areas, along with several other areas surrounded by pathways or landscaping, will provide and allow for the future placement of monuments, memorials and plaques. Funding for the monuments and plaques is being raised through private donations and the sale of plaques for the Wall of Honor by the Veterans Park Committee. These plaques are to recognize or remember those who are serving or have served in our armed services. Brochures/Applications, for those interested in purchasing a plaque for the Wall of Honor are available at the City of Florence Parks & Recreation Department and Brown Memorials.
The park features monuments and memorials to the wars of the 20th century, including World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the first Persian Gulf War, as well as an amphitheater surrounded by commemorative flags. In addition, a large three column obelisk on top of which sits a bronzed American Bald Eagle is the centerpiece featured in the park.
Policies and procedures for use of the park, monument placement in the park, and events in the park are administered by the Veterans Park Committee of the Parks and Beautification Commission. For more information please contact the City of Florence Parks and Recreation Department located at 513 Barnes Street or contact the office by phone at 665 – 3253.
The Veterans Park hosts several events throughout the year. The featured event is the Veterans Park Ceremony which is scheduled for November 11th each year on Veterans Day and begins at 11:00 a.m.
Currently, the Park has the following monuments or displays on site showcasing and honoring our armed services men and women:
Obelisk with Eagle and Branches of Service, US Army Monument, USMC Monument, US Navy Monument, USAF Monument, USCG Monument, Merchant Marine Monument, POW-MIA Monument, WWI Monument, WWII Monument, Purple Heart Monument, Home Safe Monument, Alone with Memories Monument, Desert Storm Monument, Vietnam Monument, Korean War Monument, 911 Monument, Oath of Enlistment, Gold Star Memorial, USS Arizona Monument and Wall of Honor Plaques.