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News, Announcements & Programming

Be in the know about what's happening in our parks with our Parks and Recreation Newsletter.

FYIs

St. Johns County Survey Regarding Proposed Shore Drive Recreational Trail – St. Johns County Parks and Recreation is hosting a survey regarding a potential recreational trail for pedestrians and bicycles along Shore Drive in the St. Augustine South neighborhood. The purpose of this survey is to determine public interest in constructing a paved asphalt trail along three miles of Shore Drive, from Doug Crane Boat Ramp to the boardwalk at Lobelia Road. Please see the attached PDF for more information on the Shore Drive Trail Design Plans, email dbataille@sjcfl.us, or call 904.209.0333. Take the Shore Drive Recreational Trail Survey

Please note for the current Shore Drive Trail Design Plans:

  • Crosswalk connections will be reviewed and installed by Engineering and Public Works as needed.
  • The trail will not cross the Doug Crane Boat Launch entrance but end at ADA parking south of the ramp under design now.
  • The trail is being proposed at 6' or 8' wide. Wider trails have been found to be safer for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Beach Passes

2021 Annual Beach Driving Passes – St. Johns County resident passes are $50, non-resident passes: $100, accessible passes: $40. In addition, all 2020 annual beach driving passes have been extended through the 2021 beach season. If you purchased a 2020 pass, please retain your sticker, as they cannot be replaced and will require a purchase of a new pass. 2021 Beach Driving Passes

Special Events

Movie in the Park: Surf's Up –  Bring your family and join us for a movie by the sea on Saturday, March 27, as we watch Surf's Up at the St. Johns County Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free, though registration is required as space is limited. Picnic baskets are welcome; however, glass containers are prohibited. To comply with CDC social distancing guidelines, each space will be marked six feet apart and each ticket will admit up to a family of five. Face coverings will not be required while in each square, but should be worn otherwise. Movie in the Park Registration.

Youth Sports & Activities

For details about the following programs, please visit our Youth Activities page.

Drive-thru Easter Event – The Easter Bunny is coming to St. Johns County parks to help hand out Easter goodie bags! Parents have the opportunity to visit one of three parks from 9 to 11 a.m. and pick up up-to five fun goodie bags. The Easter Bunny will be at Veterans and Nocatee Parks on Thursday, April 1, and Treaty Park,Saturday, April 3. Registration opens March 8 for this free event and is required. For more information, please email bjames@sjcfl.us or call 904.209.0365. Drive-thru Easter Event Registeration.

Student Open Gym @ Solomon Calhoun Center Cancelled until Further Notice due to St. Johns County's COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Adult Sports and Activities

For details about the following programs, please visit our Adult Sports and Activities page.

Beach Yoga – Join us for yoga at the beach from 6 - 7 p.m. beginning April 6 at the Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Each session is $25 and space is limited to 20 participants. To register or for more information, including COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, Adult Yoga Registration.

Adult Open Gym – Cancelled until Further Notice due to St. Johns County's COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Nature & Environmental Programs

For more details including Fees and Registration; please visit our County Naturalist page.

Florida Master Naturalist Program: Coastal Restoration – February 22 - March 24 | Virtual. Learn more about living shorelines in this virtual course. This course also features a field trip. Details and Registration on our County Naturalist page.

Night Under the Stars – March 5 | St. Johns County Fairgrounds. Join us and Ancient City Astronomy for a free Astronomy 101 class under the stars. Details and Registration on our County Naturalist page.

Zoom Event: Fire March 9 | Virtual. Join Parks Naturalist, Kelly Ussia, for an engaging presentation about the importance of fire and controlled burns.Details and Registration on our County Naturalist page.

St. Johns Golf Club

For more details, please visit  www.sjgc.com

St. Johns Golf Club Receives Five North Florida Chapter PGA Awards – The Northern Chapter of the North Florida Section PGA (NFPGA) recently recognized the St. Johns Golf Club with several prominent awards during their annual awards meeting in January. St. Johns County received five of the organization's seventeen regional awards. St. Johns Golf Club Receives Five North Florida Chapter PGA Awards

Facilities

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.

Project Updates

We thank residents and visitors for their patience as we work to improve our parks and facilities for St. Johns County residents and visitors. For more information, call (904) 209-0333.

Frank Butler Park East Temporary Closure for Park Improvements – Frank Butler Park East, including the beach walkover, horseback riding beach access, and the parking lot, will be closed for park improvements beginning Monday, February 1. Phase one improvements will include additional parking spaces, parking lot surface improvements, beach walkover improvements, and new landscaping. The park and all beach access is scheduled to reopen in March. Phase two of the improvement project, scheduled for a date to be confirmed, will include renovating the bathrooms, adding ADA parking spaces, and constructing sidewalks. For more information on this project, please call Beach Services at 904.209.0331.

Floating Dock at Usina Boat Ramp – The floating dock at Usina Boat Ramp is currently closed due to Hurricane damage and is expected to be reopened in Winter 2020. 

St. Johns County Golf Course Master Plan Update – The St. Johns Golf Club is in the process of a potential Master Plan update that would include updating various aspects of the golf course.

Our Commitment

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.

Contact

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.

After Hours Emergency Parks & Facilities Maintenance Contact: (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.


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