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St. Johns County Accepting Beach Toll Attendant Applications – St. Johns County will begin accepting Beach Toll Attendant applications between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on January 6, 8, & 10. Those interested in this seasonal position are encouraged to visit the Beach Services Office, 901 Pope Rd., St. Augustine, to obtain and complete an application. The season will begin in March and end the last weekend in October, with orientation and training in February. Toll attendants will be responsible for selling vehicle beach access passes and providing customer service for St. Johns County beach visitors. For more information, please contact Danielle Fountain at dfountain@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0752.

2020 Beach Driving Passes On Sale December 9 – St. Johns County Beach Driving Passes go on sale Monday, December 9th and make great stocking stuffers for the holiday season. St. Johns County resident passes are $50, non-resident passes are $100, and handicap passes are $40. Passes will be available during normal business hours at various locations. Beach Driving Passes

Phone Calls From Santa – We have partnered with The North Pole Telephone Company for our annual "Phone Calls from Santa" from December 10th through 12th. Parents with children under the age of eight (8) that live in St. Johns County can sign up to have Santa call their child at home this holiday season. Download the phone call request form or you can stop in the Recreation Department's main office located at 2175 Mizell Road, St. Augustine to fill one out. Please email or fax completed forms to abrown@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0321. Calls will be made December 10th, 11th, and 12th between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Don't delay! Santa is busy checking his list, so make sure your form is in before 5:00 p.m. on December 6th, 2019. This program is FREE! For more information, please contact Ashley Brown at 904.209.0379.

Hastings Hometown Christmas Parade – Be a part of a holiday tradition celebrating place and home. Join us on Saturday, December 14 for the annual Hastings Hometown Christmas Parade starting at 10 a.m. on Main Street in Hastings. The parade is FREE! Local vendors and residents are welcome to enter. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Hastings Library, Rotary Club of Hastings, and Team UP Hastings. For more info, contact the Hastings Library at 904-827-6970.

Holiday Break Camp – Not sure what to do with the kids over the holiday break? Sign them up for our Holiday Break Camp from Monday, December 30 through Friday, January 3 (no camp on New Year's Day). Camp is held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Ketterlinus Gym, 60 Orange Street, St. Augustine. The camp costs $50 for the week and is open to ages 5 through 12. Kids will spend the day playing games, participating in hands-on activities, visiting the playground, and even go on a field trip downtown on the last day of camp. Please pack snacks and lunch because food is NOT provided. Holiday Break Camp Registration. For more info or to register, contact Stephanie Taylor at sntaylor@sjcfl.us or 904-669-6612.

Kid's MLK 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament – Join us for our annual Martin Luther King Jr. three versus three basketball tournament on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Solomon Calhoun Center, 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine. Team check-in is from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the tournament runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Division 1 is for grades 3rd through 5th and Division 2 is for grades 6th through 8th. There is no cost for this program. Players must play only in his/her division. Each team must have at least 1 female player and can have up to 5 players max on their roster. The first place team in each division will earn a trophy. Registration forms must be turned in as a team at the Solomon Calhoun Center by January 8 at 5:00 p.m. Tournament Details. For more info or to register, contact Ashley Brown at abrown@sjcfl.us or 904-209-0379.

12th Annual MLK Breakfast – Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at our 12th Annual MLK Breakfast on Saturday, January 18 at 9 a.m. at W.E. Harris Community Center, 400 East Harris Street, Hastings. Guest speaker Reverend Mary Alice Murphy will be joining the festivities. Tickets are $30 per person. For more info, contact Tanya Jackson at 904-692-3655.

Nocatee Landing and Nocatee Landing Paddle Launch Now Open – Parks and Recreation has announced that Nocatee Landing and Nocatee Landing Paddle Launch are now open to the public. Nocatee Landing features an open-air pavilion with breathtaking views of the river, bike racks, ample parking, and solar-powered public restrooms as well as a non-motorized water vehicle launch for canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards with access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Nocatee Landing & Paddle Launch Open

Explore St. Johns County – Join the County Naturalists for programs highlighting our unique history and beautiful environment. Programs may include: an Owl Prowls, Dolphin Walks, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Kayak Trips and more.To see this month's programs, visit the County Naturalist page.

 

Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park Update – The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners voted today to review the current agreement regarding the use of Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park for construction activity to identify a means in which to provide additional public access for the duration of the project. In response, St. Johns County Administration is exploring options that will open the park while also preserving public safety and minimizing pedestrian beach traffic intermingling with construction activity. As a safe solution may take a few days to identify and implement, please continue to visit www.sjcfl.us and St. Johns County social media for updates. For additional information regarding this project, please call 904.209.0322.

New Playground Coming to Armstrong Park – The playground at Armstrong Park, 4950 Harvey Ave., Elkton, is in need of an update and as part of the process, the existing playground will be removed from the park within the week. St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department is working on having a replacement playground installed Fall 2019. The project will be funded through the St. Johns County Deferred Maintenance Program supported by your County Commissioners. St. Johns County would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience during the closure. For more information, please call 904-209-0333.

Floating Dock at Usina Boat Ramp Temporary Closure – The floating dock at Usina Boat Ramp is currently closed due to Hurricane Dorian damage and is expected to be replaced and reopened in Winter 2020. St. Johns County would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience during the temporary closure. For more information, call 904-209-0333.

Ron Parker Park Tennis Courts Temporary Closure –  Ron Parker Park Pickleball, Paddle Tennis, and Tennis Courts are currently undergoing renovations including resurfacing and new fences and nets. The project will be funded through the St. Johns County Deferred Maintenance Program supported by your County Commissioners. St. Johns County would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience during the closure. For more information, call 904-209-0333.

Butler Park West and Boat Ramp Remains Closed for Dredging Project –  Butler Park West and the Butler Park boat ramp's opening time frame is to be determined. The site is needed for use as a staging area for the Treasure Beach Canal system dredging project. St. Johns County would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience during the closure. For more information, please call 904.209.0115.

St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Update – Progress on the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop regional trail continues in St. Johns County with the recent ribbon cutting in Hastings and opening of the Cora C. Harrison Trailhead connecting 14 miles of paved, shared-use path. An evolving 260-mile, multi-use trail, will span from the St. Johns River to the Atlantic Ocean once complete. An FDOT Planning Study is currently underway and a community workshop will be hosted this summer. For more information, please contact Rodney Cooper, SJC Traffic Engineer and Project Manager, at 904.209.0111 or rcooper@sjcfl.us. St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Press Release  |  SJR2S FAQs  |  SJR2S Map

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

Hastings Tot Lot is currently closed.

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.


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