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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Marion County Parks and Rec hands out over 25,000 sandbags to residents

The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department’s team members helped hand out thousands of sandbags to Marion County residents earlier this week in preparation of Hurricane Ian.

A total of nine locations throughout Marion County were opened on Monday, September 26 to provide sandbags on a self-serve basis, with a limit of 10 bags per vehicle.

Marion County Parks and Recreation - table with empty sandbags (Hurricane Ian)
Sandbags were available on a self-serve basis (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department)
Marion County Parks and Recreation - residents filling sandbags (Hurricane Ian)
Residents filling sandbags (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department)
Marion County Parks and Recreation - multiple residents filling sandbags (Hurricane Ian)
Residents were given a limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department)

Those locations included Dunnellon City Complex (11808 N Ohio Street in Dunnellon), Wrigley Field (405 County Road East 316 in Citra), East Marion Sports Complex (14445 NE 14th Street Road in Silver Springs), Belleview Sports Complex (6501 SE 107th Street in Belleview), Jervey Gantt Park (2200 SE 36th Avenue in Ocala), Tuscawilla Park (800 NE Sanchez Avenue in Ocala), Hampton Center (1501 W Silver Springs boulevard in Ocala), Martel Recycling Center (296 SW 67th Avenue in Ocala), and Marion Oaks Community Center (294 Marion Oaks Lane in Ocala).

According to the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department, team members at its three participating park facilities handed out a total of over 25,000 sandbags to the residents that stopped by.

Marion County Parks and Recreation - free sandbag site (Hurricane Ian)
One of the sites providing sandbags (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department)
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Multiple residents filling their sandbags (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department)
Marion County Parks and Recreation hands out thousands of sandbags
Over 25,000 sandbags were handed out by the department’s team members (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department)

In a social media post, the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department stated, “We are very proud of the hard work and dedication many of our Parks and Recreation team members demonstrated, alongside other county departments, while providing our citizens with sandbags.”