Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park
The Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park site is located on 1.7 acres of beachfront property at 2750 Anahma Drive in Vilano Beach. The park sits nestled in the sand dunes, bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west by Anahma Drive. To the north is the Vilano Beach Ramp, which allows residents and visitors direct driving access to the beach. Located directly beside the ramp, St. Johns County has built a beach pavilion and small splash park. Amenities include outside showers, benches, bicycle racks, and restrooms. A hot spot in St. Johns County, the Vilano Beach Ramp will see up to, and sometimes more than, 150 vehicles a day. The site is already home to the National Skim Boarding Championships and an Easter Sunrise Service that has over 700 in attendance each year.
The Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park lies within the Vilano Beach Community Redevelopment Area, the Vilano Beach Waterfronts Florida Community and Vilano Beach Main Street boundaries. The project site is identified on the Scenic and Historic A1A Coastal Byway and the East Coast Greenway, an urban trail that runs from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine. As stated previously, the Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park sits adjacent to the Vilano Beach Ramp and the Vilano Beach Pavilion. Both of these sites are listed on the St. Johns County Recreation and Parks inventory, maintained and operated by St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department.
St. Johns County utilized grant funding from Florida Communities Trust to acquire the Project Site. Funding sources for acquisition of this site included the St. Johns County General Fund, impact fees, and commercial paper. These funds were matched by a Florida Communities Trust award for joint acquisition with St. Johns County.