Parks & Gardens

The City of Sumter Parks & Gardens Department employs a team of individuals to maintain, care for and protect our many parks and gardens throughout the city. From spray parks to swing sets to the flowers and trees at Swan Lake, our crew works to make sure that Sumter is an enjoyable place to live, work and play.

If you need help finding a park near you, please visit our community Outdoor & Nature section!



  • Maintain all 24 City Parks 
  • Maintain all Recreational Trails 
  • Maintain City's three HOPE Centers
  • 100 Miles of Streets and rights-of-way
  • Perform Facility Maintenance 
  • Maintain Historic Downtown Main Street
Logistical Support for Events, including, but not limited to:
  • Iris Festival      
  • Downtown 4th Fridays
  • Fall Feast
  • Untapped Food Truck & Craft Beer               
  • Art in the Park   
  • Riley Park - American Legion, USC Sumter, and Morris College Baseball      
  • Festival on the Avenue
  • Oktoberfest
  • Derby Day
  • Riley Park                                     
  • Skate Park
  • Five Spray Parks
  • Birnie HOPE Center
  • North HOPE Center                                        
  • South HOPE Center
  • Crosswell Park                                               
  • South Sumter Gym                                       
  • Bobby Richardson Ballfields                                           
  • Palmetto Tennis Center   
  • Palmetto Park Gazebo                 
  • Aquatic Center                                   
  • Memorial Park Gazebo


  • Maintains 150-acre Swan Lake Iris Gardens
  • Maintenance on eight garden facilities
  • Production and distribution of all seasonal plants throughout the city
  • Care and maintenance of all swans by City Aviculturist                                                             
  • Maintenance of seven City entranceways
  • Fantasy of Lights
  • Support for over 300 special events annually
  • Visitor Center
  • Heath Pavilion
  • Gazebo
  • Garden Street Shelter
  • Three Picnic Shelters
  • Iris Market

Information about the Parks & Gardens is available through the Swan Lake Visitor Center at (803) 436-2640.