Parks Management Division

“It is the mission of the Parks Management Division to provide high-quality grounds maintenance and event support for the City of Tavares.”

The Parks Management Division, consisting of one manager and four staff members, is responsible for maintaining the City’s twenty parks, two sports complexes, landscaping in and around all City-owned facilities and properties, cemetery maintenance, and ground maintenance contracts are accomplished through this division.

Event support and the repair and maintenance of playground equipment are additional services provided through the Parks Management Division.  Through shared responsibilities they provide support to other divisions when necessary, working together to meet the goals of our city.

Wooton Wonderland children's playground closed until autumn of 2023 Reconstruction Underway 

Pre 2022 Wooton Wonderland PHOTO backdrop

Tavares, FL ~ Wooton Wonderland was closed Tuesday, July 5, 2022, to start construction of the new playground.


In January 2020, a Request for Proposal was advertised for the redesign of the Wooton Wonderland Playground. Modern-day “Design Element Guidelines & Play System Specifications” specifically outline ADA accessibility inclusiveness, quality of equipment components, quality of design, play value, cost, and appropriateness to the location.

On May 19, 2021, the City Council approved the schematic design and authorized the project. Public Works engaged engineering and architectural firms to meet modern-day playground standards.

On June 22, 2022, the construction bid process was concluded when City Council awarded the bid to Marbek Construction.

Playground History

Wooton Wonderland has been an important part of Wooton Park and Tavares for decades. Years ago, the Tavares Junior Woman’s Club and the Kiwanis Club inspired the community to raise donations of materials and tools to build this playground. The community rose to the occasion and built the playground we celebrate as Wooton Wonderland. A playground built by the community, for the community. Wooton Wonderland was opened in 1992 and has been enjoyed by children from Tavares and visitors from around the county and afar during the thirty years of its life.

New Design Renderings

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  1. Traci Anderson
    Parks Operations Manager

    Email Traci Anderson
    Office: 352-742-6168
    Cell: 352-516-8786
    Fax: 352-742-6397
    After Hours: 352.602.3053

    Stacy Mewborne
    Public Works Operations Assistant

    Office 352-742-6221

    Office Hours

    Monday - Friday
    7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.