Parks & Recreation
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The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department is a thriving local park system. Residents and visitors enjoy a sense of community, an appreciation of history, and a respect for nature. Register for our Programs and keep up with the latest Community Newsletter sent right to your inbox.
News & Announcements
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Memorial Day Holiday Beach Shuttle Service – Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest holiday weekends on St. Johns County’s beaches. To reduce traffic congestion, St. Johns County Beach Services offers two free shuttles. Memorial Day Free Beach Shuttle Service
Rescheduled Tortuga Beach Walkover Open House – St. Johns County will host a rescheduled open house for the planned Tortuga Beach Walkover. This project would provide a new beach access point for Tortuga Beach, located at 7740 A1A S., St. Augustine. St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and St. Johns County Public Works staff will be available to answer questions and share details about the project. One or more County Commissioners may be present at the open house. The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will take no action at this open house. Tortuga Beach Walkover Project
When: Friday, June 16, 2023, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Where: St. Johns County Southeast Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, FL
Future Parks Planning – Parks and Recreation is currently developing a master plan for multiple future County parks as an operation of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which evaluated the needs and priorities of the County, last updated in 2019. St. Johns County is collaborating with sports architecture and planning firm OSPORTS, along with its partners Catalyst Design Group, CHW Professional Consultants, and Perez Planning + Design, to help make this a reality. Take the survey and share what you would like to see at each of the parks. All feedback received will be reviewed by St. Johns County and OSPORTS. View the 4 Parks Project Presentation.
Beach Driving Access Passes – Beginning March 1, vehicles accessing St. Johns County driving beaches will be required to have a beach driving pass from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vehicles can access the beach at the following locations: A Street, Ocean Trace, Dondanville, Matanzas Avenue, Mary Street, Crescent Beach, and Porpoise Point. The Vilano and Fort Matanzas access ramps are temporarily closed at this time. For more information, visit the Beach Driving Passes page.
Community Programming Opportunities
SJC Explore >> Nature Journaling
Join our Parks Naturalist, Will Pate, every month for an engaging class on various Nature Journaling techniques and locations. This class will give you the basic skills as well as hone any journaling skills you may already have. Nature Journaling registration
St. Johns County Golf Course >> Play Your Way!
Just minutes from St. Augustine, St. Johns Golf Club offers golfers 18 well-maintained, championship holes, and welcomes players of all ages and skills. Our knowledgeable and friendly professional staff are here to help make your experience at SJGC both enjoyable and memorable!
Featuring the area's largest public practice facilities with an expansive grass tee driving range, a private backside tee area for individual and group instruction, a two-tiered chipping green and a separate, well-manicured putting green. There is also a full-service pro shop featuring nearly all major manufacturers and on-site repair service as well.
For more information, call (904) 209-0333 or visit www.sjgc.com.
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After Hours Emergency Maintenance Contact – In our continuing effort to provide you with safe and well maintained Parks and Recreation facilities, we are offering an after hours emergency maintenance number (904) 814-3275. A maintenance staff person will be available to take your call and assist you after normal weekday operating hours and on the weekend.
The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department is committed to a thriving local park system, the opportunity for our residents and visitors to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles, and the preservation of the natural beauty of our environment. Explore the many ways Parks and Recreation is making our communities happier and healthier by providing a place where it all comes together – a sense of community, an appreciation of history, and a respect for nature.
For more information about the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department, please contact our main office, 2175 Mizell Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080, (904) 209-0333.
SJC Recreation and Parks – Play Your Way!