Umatilla Pictorial Tour
UMATILLA ..... FLORIDA'S BEST-KEPT SECRET!!!
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The city of Umatilla, Florida is a great place in which to live. Umatilla has managed to retain the small-town feel that has been swept away in most areas of the state. Located at the intersection of State Route 19 and County Road 450, the city still has only one traffic light!
A convenient locality, Umatilla has the following within one mile of the city center: a neighborhood pharmacy, two feed stores, two banks, three real estate offices, all three public schools, auto repair facilities, four fast-food restaurants, a grocery store, a hardware store, several quality dine-in restaurants, a library, a county medical clinic, doctor offices, dentist offices and numerous other establishments. Umatilla residents support their local businesses.
HOME OF THE BULLDOGS
This is Umatilla High School, home of the Bulldogs. Umatilla is a community that truly supports its public schools.
Football is big during the fall and Friday night games are the place to be. Season tickets are available for reserved seating in the "Dog Pound". Bulldog fans of all ages enthusiastically support the various varsity and junior varsity teams throughout the school year.
The faculty and staff at Umatilla Elementary, Middle and High schools are dedicated and professional. Students thrive in this environment. The three schools routinely achieve "A" and "B" ratings.
All three schools have buildings that have been either recently remodeled or newly constructed. For example, most buildings on the Umatilla High School campus are less than five years old. All school facilities are well maintained and reflect the pride the community feels for its public education program.
UMATILLA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Umatilla Public Library is located a short distance from all three public schools. It is housed in what was once the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot and features a retired railroad caboose which may be used as a classroom or meeting facility.
The library is supported by a local community group, "Friends of the Umatilla Public Library". All interested citizens are welcome to join.
OCALA NATIONAL FOREST RANGER STATION
Umatilla is extremely fortunate to have the Ocala National Forest only a few miles to the north of town.
The forest, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, boasts miles of secluded trails, boating and canoeing sites, pristine springs, campgrounds, swimming facilities and hunting areas. Many square miles are extremely remote and offer solitude and contact with the beauty and wonders of God's creation.
UMATILLA CITY HALL
Umatilla's administration staff is housed in City Hall.
Umatilla has a Mayor, five councilmen/councilwomen all of whom are elected, and a city manager who is recruited and hired. The administration also includes a staff and a maintenance crew. The city provides fire and police protection, water, sewer and planning and zoning services.
UMATILLA HISTORIC CENTER
Umatilla is fortunate to have its own Historic Society. It is located in the Paul W. Bryan Historic Schoolhouse. The museum features many artifacts which have served a part in defining the interesting history of this unique community.
Gwinn Cadwell Park is one of several recreation facilities located within the city. It features a recreation building, picnic facilities and a playground for children.
Umatilla recreation facilities also include a community pool, a shuffleboard facility, a skateboard park, a boat ramp, fitness interval stations, baseball diamonds, basketball courts and other such amenities.
Just one mile east of town on County Road 450 is a newly constructed County Recreation Park. The city of Umatilla is very fortunate to have this facility located so near town. It boasts baseball and soccer fields, jogging trails, exercise equipment and a fully-equipped playground.
The citrus industry is alive and well in the rural region surrounding Umatilla. Driving even a fraction of a mile from the center of town, one will find himself or herself among thriving citrus groves which evoke memories of years gone by. Umatilla is blessed to have a growers' co-op, a thriving citrus packing facility and a juice plant which all benefit from the proximity of these groves.
JERROD HALL GAZEBO AT SUNSET
The Jerrod Hall Memorial Gazebo is located on beautiful Lake Enola. It is a scenic get-away open to the public. An abundance of lakes and waterways makes the Umatilla area a highly desired destination for sportsmen and naturalists alike.