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Vilano Beach Pavilion Bathrooms Closed The Vilano Beach Pavilion bathrooms are currently closed due to a water leak. Outhouses have been placed at the facility until maintenance can fix the issue. (Posted 1/13/17)

Senior Fitness in the Park – St. Johns County has partnered with the University of St. Augustine to provide Fitness in the Park, a free exercise program for adults ages 60 years and older, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, January 19 through April 13 at Canopy Shores Park. Senior Fitness in the Park

Sunset Kayak Tours – Join us for guided tours at Trout Creek Park, 6795 Collier Road, St. Augustine, February 10, 11, or 12 at 4:30 p.m. We will explore Trout Creek and Palmo Bay then experience the sunset over the St. Johns River. The fee is $20 per person if you use your own kayak, and $40 per person if you use a county kayak. Spots are limited. To reserve your seat, or for additional information, please call 904.209.0335 or email Kelly at To make a reservation, please include a contact phone number, email, date you would like to attend, and if you will be using a county kayak.

Mickler's Landing Beachfront Park Access Update – As of December 22, the park will be part of a beach restoration project and public access to the facilities and beach will be limited. Please exercise caution when visiting the park. Beginning Tuesday, December 27, the park will be closed to the public for restoration and improvements. Completion is anticipated to be in the spring of 2017. Mickler's Landing

Flagler Estates Park The basketball courts at Flagler Estates Park located at 9960 Oliver Road, are temporarily closed due to renovations until February.  For details on this project please contact Phyllis Thorpe with St. Johns County Construction Services at 904.209.0193 or

River Blessing at Alpine Groves Park The Stetson Kennedy Foundation and St. John's County Parks and Recreation Department invite you to participate in a River Blessing at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 State Road 13, St. Johns, 32259 Saturday January 28th 2017 from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. The River Blessing is spiritual but non-religious and is inspired from 1st nations native people of the United States. The Matanzas and St. Johns River Keepers will speak about the river and offer inspirational words. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at (904) 209-0348,

Beluthahatchee Park Tours Beluthahatchee Park, 1523 State Road 13, St Johns, 32259 is designated as the only National Literary Landmark honoring two writers: Stetson Kennedy, author of Palmetto Country, The Florida Slave, Southern Exposure, Jim Crow Guide to U.S.A. and many more and folksinger and friend of Stetson Kennedy, Woody Guthrie, who wrote his autobiography Seeds of Man here. Tours of Beluthahatchee Park, will follow the river blessing and be given from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at (904) 209-0348,

2017 Annual Beach Passes on Sale at Discounted Rate  2017 Annual Beach Passes at discounted prices of $30 for a St. Johns County resident pass, $40 for a non-resident pass, and $20 for a handicap pass. Passes will be available during normal business hours at the listed locations. Annual Beach Passes.

March Youth Basketball is back in 2017! The Parks and Recreation youth basketball league tips off another exciting season for athletes ages 9-14 years old! Practices and games will take place at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center. All games are played on Saturday mornings or afternoons. Game Schedules will be finalized in February.Practices are scheduled by individual coaches. Youth Basketball

Frank Butler Boat Ramp Closed due to Debris Clean-up after Hurricane Matthew – The Frank Butler Boat Ramp, 400 Riverside Blvd., is closed due to the site being utilized as a staging area for debris associated with post-Hurricane Matthew cleanup. Residents can find alternative boat ramps on our boat ramp page.

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Parks and Recreation E-newsletter – Our monthly newsletter keeps you up to date on St. Johns County recreational facilities and programming, youth and adult athletics, and special events. In addition, you'll get information about parks, beach access points, and unique recreational opportunities that allow subscribers to discover St. Johns County and enjoy a quality of life that is second to none. Please complete the signup form to register. For additional information, please call 904.209.0346.

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.

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