In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department has announced the following facility closures and adjusted hours of operation:
Friday, Aug. 30 – All city parks, splash pads and recreation centers will be open and maintain routine operating hours
Saturday, Aug. 31 – All city parks and splash pads will be open and maintain routine operating hours. All city youth and adult recreation centers, including the Discovery Center, will be closed until further notice.
Sunday, Sept. 1 – All city parks and splash pads will be closed until further notice.
On Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis expanded his state of emergency to include all 67 counties in Florida.
The storm is predicted to possibly reach Category 4 status, with maximum sustained winds of 130–156 mph, before it roars ashore sometime Monday. If Dorian maintains that high status, it could be the strongest direct hit to Florida’s east coast since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Facility closures and adjusted hours of operation are subject to change as weather conditions change. For real time updates on storm preparations, please follow the City of Ocala Facebook or Twitter. For more information, please call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.