Whispering Pines Park

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Looking for a park with free admission and fun for the whole family? You need not look any further than Whispering Pines Park. This 290-acre park complex, located only minutes from downtown and nestled among pine and hardwood trees, boasts active recreation in a pristine setting. Take a tour.

Located off Forest Drive, the park is open 7 days a week, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Hours are 7:00am to 09:00pm daily. Get directions to Whispering Pines Park.

Facilities Available

  • Picnic Area
  • Children's Playground
  • Water playground - "Puddle in the Pines"
  • Swimming Pool - Be it structured lessons or just play, this Aquatic facility has it all.
  • Tennis, racquetball and basketball courts are all free of charge. Courts are lighted for evening play.
  • Walking, hiking & mountain biking trails - Learn more about Trails to a Healthier You.
  • Disc Golf - An 18 hole disc golf course winds its way through the trees and hills of the park. Discs, score cards, map and information about the game are available at the Administration building or at the pool during public swim hours.
  • Dog Walking - Dogs are welcome, as long as they are controlled and on a leash.  We've installed waste stations equipped with plastic bags for cleaning up after pets.  The stations are conveniently located throughout the park.  Please help us keep the park beautiful and "waste free".  If you are seeking another location where your pooch may run and play, we suggest Bark Central Dog Park (341-2275) on Turner Camp Road.
  • Classes/Clubs & Programs at the Recreation Building - Instructor led classes are available throughout the year, as are various meetings of local clubs and organizations.

Rentals & Reservations at Whispering Pines Park


Facilities at City parks are available on a "first come/first serve" basis; however, specific areas can be reserved for group functions. Rent a pavilion for your company picnic, family reunion or birthday party. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

Reservations should be made as soon as possible. In order to accommodate reserved events, a minimum of one week notice is required. Contact the Whispering Pines Park Office by calling (352)-726-3913 for availability. Once availability is confirmed, an application to lock in the date is to be completed.
  • A Group picnic area is available that includes, grills, tables and a covered pavilion that may be reserved.
  • The Large Pavilion, adjacent to the children's playground is available for private rentals. Time slot and fees are as follows:
    • Rent Entire Pavilion:  9 am - 1:00 pm   or  1:30 pm - 5:30 pm  Fee:  $80 (City Resident)     $105 (Non-City Resident)
    • Half Pavilion Fireplace side:  9 am - 1 pm  or 1:30 - 5:30 pm   Fee:  $40 (City Resident)     $55 (Non-City Resident)
    • Half Pavilion Playground side:  9 am - 1 pm  or 1:30 - 5:30 pm   Fee:  $40 (City Resident)     $55 (Non-City Resident)
  • Yellow Shade Structure, adjacent to Puddle in the Pines splash park, will accommodate about 30 attendees. Time slots and fees are as follows: 
    •  9 am -1:00 pm  or  1:30 - 5:30 pm    Fee:  $40 (City Resident)    $55  (Non-City Resident)
  • Green Shade Structure, located between the playground and the Puddle in the Pines splash park, will accommodate about 30 attendees.  Time slots and fees are as follows:
    • 9 am - 1:00 pm  or  1:30 - 5:30 pm   Fee:  $40 (City Resident)    $55  (Non-City Resident) 
  • Youth Camping Area is located on the north side of the park and is available to 4-H groups, scouts and boys and girls clubs.The fee is only $40.00 for the weekend.
  • The Recreation Building, air conditioned and heated, can best host indoor party needs. While there is not a full kitchen, a sink and countertops will accommodate bringing in food to serve your guests, as well as electric plugs to handle crock pots or warmers. There is no refrigerator. Grills are not permitted in this area. The building will accommodate about 50 people and includes tables and chairs. The rental fee is $80 (City Resident) $105 (Non-City Resident) for 3 hours with an additional $20 per hour if you need to party longer.
Facilities are also available for reservation at Liberty Park and Wallace Brooks Park.