Situated just north of Port Orange is the riverside community of South Daytona. Inexorably linked to Port Orange in many ways, South Daytona is very much its' own community. There's lots of commercial activity along a busy stretch of US-1 (Ridgewood Avenue) and along the east-west connectors and Nova Road.
South Daytona's stated goal is the further enhancement of the quality of life for its' residents.
The Piggotte Community Center on Big Tree Road provides expanded recreational activities and space for meetings and public gatherings.
Sunshine Park is gaining the reputation for dynamic redevelopment. The lake and palm studded entrance and new entrance sign tower complement the area. And of course the Daytona Ice Arena with a 35,000 square foot ice-rink.
South Daytona Beach has a mix of popular business, education and recreational areas. Along Ridgewood Avenue, there is a hub of industry, including fast food establishments, country-style buffets, the International Academy (cosmetology school), second-hand shops, and various single-owner businesses. Some business coincide with the local community, like The Halifax Humane Society thrift shop, on Ridgewood Avenue, a huge thrift store selling a variety of merchandise with proceeds that benefit homeless and neglected animals. If traveling further south along Ridgewood Avenue, there is the International Speedway intersection, which leads to the Daytona 500 racetrack, bigger department stores, popular restaurants, the Volusia Mall, and I-95.
There is a thriving Parks and Recreational Department in South Daytona Beach, utilizing Volusia County's land and waterways, such as the Halifax River. Popular park areas in South Daytona Beach include Riverfront Park, where there is a fishing pier, boat launch, picnic area, pavilion and two lighted tennis courts. The park is located at 1933 Palmetto Avenue, open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Big Tree Park has a professional-sized baseball field, is situated on a scenic lake, and directly correlates with the Atlantic High School Varsity's Baseball Program, and the popular South Daytona Babe Ruth Program. Fishing for fresh-water fish is allowed, and there are various areas throughout for picnics. The park is located at 980 Big Tree Road, open from sunrise to sunset.
Magnolia Park has quaint appeal, located in a residential area, and fully handicap accessible. The restored pier is wheelchair accessible, and was designed for handicap and senior citizens to be able to fish off the pier into the pond with ease. The picturesque scenery is complete with lush trees, and there are open grass sections, perfect for picnics, and a children’s playground. The park is located at 1985 Magnolia Avenue, open from sunrise to 11 p.m.
James Park has the added benefits of indoor exercise for children through the youth center, which offers light gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, Power Cheer, and more. The outside section has a summer splash water park, baseball fields, and racquetball & tennis courts. The park is located at 1700 James Street, open from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Indoor recreation mainly for adults is easy to find at the Piggotte Community Center, complete with conference room, reception hall and activity center, which offers the latest dancing classes, and other fun grown-up events. The hall can be rented for special occasions, from business conferences to weddings. The community center is located at 504 Big Tree Road.