Special Events

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Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

The Parks and Recreation Department held its Annual Easter Eggstravaganza Event Saturday, March 26th, 2016 at the Jim Beech Recreation Center. It was a fun-filled morning with exciting activities such as the Easter Egg hunt for children ages infant through 12 years of age, bounce houses, face painting, balloon artist, food, refreshments and pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Easter

Big Orange Games


The Parks and Recreation Department hosted the Annual Big Orange Games event on Saturday, April 16th 2016 at Ocoee High School. Download the registration form here.
 
The goal of the Big Oranges Games is to provide physically challenged youth and adults with an opportunity to participate in an annual sporting event where they can show that ‘disabled’ does not mean ‘unable’.

Children lining up with their medals smiling
Last year, participants ranging from 5 to 25 years old with cerebral palsy, spinal lesions, blindness, les autres, amputees and autism competed in the games. Friends, family, volunteers and staff were on hand to support the athletes who competed in track and field events such as the 40, 60, and 100 yard dash, club throw, discus, shot put, softball throw, slalom and long jump. An awards ceremony was held at the end of the competition to present the athletes with Gold, Silver, and Bronze Big Orange Games medals. 

Special Thanks
The Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank the Orange County Public School Teachers, Winter Garden Elks, West Orange Civitans, Chick-fil-A of Ocoee, City of Ocoee Police and Fire Departments for their contributions. 

For more information on the Big Orange Games, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 407-905-3180.

Haunted House Halloween Event


The Parks and Recreation Department held it's 9th annual Haunted House on October 22nd, 28th, and 29th 2016. 4,500 plus visitors came out and enjoyed the spooktacular event!   In 2014, the house was nominated as a top 10 attraction by Florida Haunted Houses.com.  Check out the website.

Special Thanks


The Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all of the volunteers, City of Ocoee Police, the West Orange Girls Club, The West Orange Seniors and Illuminating Magic for their contributions.
 

                                                                             
Haunted House

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Event


The Parks and Recreation Department will held its 4th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Withers-Maguire House and Lakeshore Center located at 125 N. Lakeshore Drive. The event ran from 5pm-8:30pm with the tree lighting ceremony being held at 6:15pm.  Guests were able to come get pictures with Santa and enjoy other fun holiday activities such as horse and carriage rides, pony rides, a fire pit for s'more making, food trucks, silent wreath auction, balloon animals and face painting all while listening to DJ Tod play sounds of the seasons.
 
Also, there were tours in the Withers-Maguire House and spots for family photos available inside the house. 

Special Thanks
The Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank all of the volunteers, performers, Illuminating Magic and those that made donations to the event.
Holiday Tree Lighting