Town Parks

One of the perks of living in Windermere is the wide variety of beautiful parks located within our two square miles. Whether you are looking for a place to let your kids play, a shady spot to have a picnic or barbeque, enjoy outdoor activities such as volleyball, tennis, or frisbee golf, a place to launch your boat onto Lake Bessie or onto Lake Butler and the Chain of Lakes, or a looking for a total body workout, Windermere has you covered.

Please note that per Town of Windermere Code Sec. 22-46 alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all Town parks, and visitors consent to container inspection by Windermere PD.

We hope you enjoy your time outside, “among the lakes,” in our meticulously maintained and ever-improving parks.

Boat Ramp Closures

 

The number one question we’ve heard in the weeks since Ian and Nicole is “When will the boat ramps open?

The Town will follow Orange County’s lead, and open our ramps once the County opens their ramps.

Earlier this week, Orange County Parks and Recreation confirmed that ramps on the Butler Chain will remain closed until water levels reach Normal High Water Elevation (NHWE). The NHWE of Lake Butler is 98.48’ NAVD. After historic rainfall post hurricanes, the current elevation is about 99.9’ or 1.4’ above NHWE.

Thank you for your patience as we do our part to mitigate any further damage to lakefront and canal front properties along the Butler Chain.

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Rentals

The Town of Windermere does not rent out parks. We do, however, rent out two pavilions at the Windermere Recreation Center as well as Historic Town Hall.

Please note, Town parks are designed for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. We will not approve rentals for business operations, events where transactions will take place, or events that will detract from the general public’s enjoyment of the parks.

If you are interested in renting either of the pavilions or historic Windermere Town Hall, please complete the form below. Generally, due to limited Town Staff, we ask for 30 days’/4 weeks’ notice to accommodate rentals in most instances. Download the rental agreements for either pavilion here. Rental fees and rules are included in the rental agreements. Some rentals will require an additional Special Event Permit. Staff will advise whether this will be needed for your particular event.

Pavilions are also available for use without a fee on a first come/first served basis. The pavilion at Central Park is not available to rent.

Rental Inquiry

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Town Hall requires a minimum of 30 days' notice to rent. Both pavilions require a minimum of 14 days' notice to rent
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Town Hall requires a minimum of 30 days' notice to rent. Both pavilions require a minimum of 14 days' notice to rent
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Tennis Passes

Residents of the Town of Windermere can enjoy tennis across six secured and lighted courts. Three courts are located at Park Among the Lakes on Main Street, and the other three are located at the Windermere Recreation Center on Park Avenue.

Keys are required to access courts. Residents of the incorporated Town of Windermere may purchase keys for $25/year by contacting Theresa Syphers (407-76-2563 ext 5327). Please download and complete the TENNIS MEMBER PASS form and return to Theresa at Town Admin. the $25 fee may be paid with a check or money order made out to the Town of Windermere or with a credit card. We do not accept American Express or cash payments.

Keys are valid October 1st – September 30th each year. We do not pro-rate keys, so be sure to get yours early.

The Town Administrative temporary facilities are located at 501 Forest Street, and are open the the public Monday – Friday, 9am – 3:30pm. Please call ahead before coming out to ensure a staff member is available to assist and to reduce wait time.

Boat Ramp Keys

Residents of the Town of Windermere may utilize two private boat ramps to launch their boats onto Lake Butler from Fernwood Park or onto Lake Bessie from Lake Bessie Lakefront.

Keys are required to access the ramps. Residents of the incorporated Town of Windermere may purchase keys for $35/year by contacting Theresa Syphers (407-76-2563 ext 5327). Please download and complete the PARK PASS form and return to Theresa at Town Admin. the $35 fee may be paid with a check or money order made out to the Town of Windermere or with a credit card. We do not accept American Express or cash payments.

Keys are valid October 1st – September 30th each year. We do not pro-rate keys, so be sure to get yours early.

The Town Administrative temporary facilities are located at 501 Forest Street, and are open the the public Monday – Friday, 9am – 3:30pm. Please call ahead before coming out to ensure a staff member is available to assist and to reduce wait time.

Please note, there is a third ramp in Town located alone E 6th Avenue that launches onto Lake Down. This is a public ramp operated by Orange County and does not require a key.