Pavilion at Historic Santos
Playground and Restroom Facilities
Kiosk and Basketball Court
Historic Santos
Historic Santos
Historic Santos

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Historic Santos Recreation Area

Welcome to Historic Santos Recreation Area

Located on the site of a historic African-American community, the Historic Santos Recreation Area continues to serve descendants of the original settlers, many of whom were displaced in the mid-1930s to make way for the Great Depression era sea-level Cross Florida Ship Canal. The project was funded for only a few years under President Franklin Roosevelt with intentions to put people back to work. The project successfully employed approximately 8,000 workers at its peak.

Today, there is a multi-use sports field near the location of a former historic Negro League baseball field, a basketball court, numerous picnic pavilions and a restroom with potable water. Annually, on the last Saturday of February, Historic Santos residents--along with Park Service staff--hold and enjoy a celebration of Historic Santos.

Historic Santos is located just east of U.S. 441 on S.E. 80th Street adjacent to the Marion County Sheriff’s station in the middle of U.S. 441.


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