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Welcome to SJC Parks & Rec!

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

Check out the March Parks & Rec Newsletter!

Easter Egg Hunt Easter Egg Hunt

Join SJC Parks and Rec for our annual Easter Egg Hunts. Egg hunts will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and the Easter Bunny will be in attendance. This free event is for children up to 8 years ago. For more information, please call 904-209-0333.

  • Palencia Park
    Thursday, April 6, 2023, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Veterans Park
    Thursday, April 6, 2023, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Treaty Park
    Saturday, April 8, 2023, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Al Wilke Park
    Saturday, April 8, 2023, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Douglas C. Crane Boat Ramp Officially Reopens on Saturday, March 25 – St. Johns County Public Works temporarily closed the Douglas C. Crane Boat Ramp for improvements October 2022. The boat ramp will reopen March 25, weather permitting. Douglas C. Crane Boat Ramp

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.

Tortuga Beach Walkover Project – The proposed project would create a new public beach access point as well as parking, restrooms, changing rooms, showers, and a washdown station at 7740 A1A S., St. Augustine. Tortuga Beach Walkover Project

Palm Valley West Boat Ramp Improvements Temporary Closure – St. Johns County will temporarily close the Palm Valley West Boat Ramp for improvements from Jan. 9 to April 10, 2023. The Palm Valley West Boat Ramp is located on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway underneath the Palm Valley Bridge. Palm Valley West Boat Ramp Closure

Annual Beach Driving Passes On Sale Now  – 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

Youth Program >> March Madness Youth Basketball
Improve your skills & have some fun! Youth basketball leagues are for athletes ages 9-14 years old. More information and a registration link can be found on our March Madness Basketball page!

Nature Journaling 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 Golf ClubSt. 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


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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.

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.


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!