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News, Announcements & Programming

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

Portion of Vilano Landing Parking Lot Temporarily Closed – The southwestern portion of the parking lot at Vilano Landing, 101 Vilano Causeway, is closed due to a dredging project in the Vilano basin and is anticipated to reopen in winter 2021. The dredging will remove an estimated 5,700 cubic yards of material from the basin and will improve boaters’ ingress and egress to the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat ramp will remain open to the public for the duration of the project, and ramp users are encouraged to exercise caution when using the facility. For more information, please call 904.209.0341.

Beaches

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

Youth Sports & Activities

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

August Freshwater Fish Camp – August 2 through 6. Registration is open for our educational, week-long summer camp designed to teach children freshwater fishing skills and boater safety.

Summer Exploration Camps – Looking for an opportunity to that will allow your children a chance to explore the outdoors and gain valuable educational experience? Campers will explore our local ecosystems, study native wildlife, and attend a variety of field trips.

Adult Sports and Activities

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

Painting with REC-Creations: Flops on the Beach – Come enjoy a casual evening painting a fun, beach-themed flip flop picture at the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, 350 Beach Blvd. From 5 to 7 p.m. on July 25, participants will have an opportunity to paint with step-by-step guidance and meet new friends with common interests. This program costs $25 and registration is required. Supplies will be provided and participants are welcome to bring food and drinks. For more information, email abrown@sjcfl.us. Register here.

Nature & Environmental Programs

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

Jaws of the Sea

  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | July 13 | Mussallem Beachfront Park
  • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | July 14 | Mussallem Beachfront Park

Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for an interactive, guided beach walk and learn all about sharks. Register here.

Sharks: Misunderstood Creatures of the Sea

  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | July 13 | Zoom

Join us for this special zoom class and learn about the shark species that frequent our waters, the unique adaptations these animals have, and the real facts about shark attacks. Register here.

Bird Language 101

  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | July 14 | Canopy Shores Park
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | July 15 | Canopy Shores Park

Learn the complex and intuitive language of the birds in this simplified course that will help you connect deeper with these fascinating creatures. Register here.

St. Johns County 200th Anniversary Geocaching

  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | July 22 | Vaill Point Park Pavilion
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | July 23 | Vaill Point Park Pavilion

Celebrating St. Johns County's 200th anniversary, St. Johns County Parks and Recreation has launched a new geocaching program. Join AyoLane Halusky for a special geocaching hunt and find your first treasure! Register here.

Sunset Dolphin Walks

  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | July 29 | Vilano Beach
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | July 30 | Vilano Beach
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. | July 31 | Vilano Beach

Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for a guided sunset walk on Vilano Beach and learn all about dolphins. Register here.

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.

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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