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

FYIs

Armstrong Community Improvements Meeting – St. Johns County Public Works and St. Johns County Parks and Recreation will be hosting a public meeting for upcoming improvement projects in the Armstrong community on Thursday, February 18, at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building, 5840 State Road 207. The Public Works Department will present from 5 to 6 p.m. on an Armstrong Road drainage improvement project, and Parks and Recreation staff will seek community input on a proposed Armstrong Park playground expansion. For more information about the drainage improvement project, please call 904.209.0145, and for questions pertaining to the playground expansion project, please call 904.209.0333.

St. Johns County Survey Regarding Proposed Shore Drive Recreational Trail – St. Johns County Parks and Recreation is hosting a survey regarding a potential recreational trail for pedestrians and bicycles along Shore Drive in the St. Augustine South neighborhood. The purpose of this survey is to determine public interest in constructing a paved asphalt trail along three miles of Shore Drive, from Doug Crane Boat Ramp to the boardwalk at Lobelia Road. Please see the attached PDF for more information on the Shore Drive Trail Design Plans, email dbataille@sjcfl.us, or call 904.209.0333. Take the Shore Drive Recreational Trail Survey

Please note for the current Shore Drive Trail Design Plans:

  • Crosswalk connections will be reviewed and installed by Engineering and Public Works as needed.
  • The trail will not cross the Doug Crane Boat Launch entrance but end at ADA parking south of the ramp under design now.
  • The trail is being proposed at 6' or 8' wide. Wider trails have been found to be safer for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Beach Passes

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.

Student Open Gym @ Solomon Calhoun Center Cancelled until Further Notice due to St. Johns County's COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Afterschool Programs

For details about the following programs, please visit our After School Programs page.

Elementary Enrichment & Middle School After School Programs – November 2 through January 25, Monday through Friday, at the Ketterlinus Gymnasium.

Collier-Blocker Student Enrichment Program – Monday through Friday, during the school year at the Collier-Blocker Center

Adult Sports and Activities

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

Treaty Park Softball League Captains' Meeting – Captains meetings for the Spring Adult Softball Season on February 22 at Ketterlinus Gym. Captains Meeting Details on the Adult Sports page.

Mills Field Softball League Captains' Meeting – Captains' meetings for the Spring Adult Softball Season on February 25 at Mills Field. Captains Meeting Details on the Adult Sports page

Adult Yoga –  6 - 7 p.m., January 5 through February 25 at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center. Each session is $25 and space is limited to 30 participants. Comfortable exercise attire and tennis shoes or grip socks are required and we encourage you bring a water bottle, yoga mat, and a towel to each class. To register or for more information, including COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, visit Adult Yoga Registration.

Adult Open Gym – Cancelled until Further Notice due to St. Johns County's COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Nature & Environmental Programs

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

Florida Animal Tracking – February 5 | Canopy Shores Park, February 19 | Vaill Point Park. Learn techniques on tracking Florida animals with Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky in these fun, interactive programs. Details and Registration on our County Naturalist page.

Florida Master Naturalist Program: Coastal Restoration – February 22 - March 24 | Virtual. Learn more about living shorelines in this virtual course. This course also features a field trip. Details and Registration on our County Naturalist page.

Durbin Creek Kayak Trips – February 25, 27, 28 Explore Durbin Creek with St. Johns County Park Naturalists and learn about the unique history and diverse wildlife of this area. Details and Registration on our County Naturalist page.

Weed Wrangle February 27 | Mary Street Beach Access Point. Help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through this state-wide volunteer initiative. This site will focus on the removal of the mother of millions plant. Details and Registration on our County Naturalist page.

Night Under the Stars – March 5 | St. Johns County Fairgrounds. Join us and Ancient City Astronomy for a free Astronomy 101 class under the stars. Details and Registration on our County Naturalist page.

Zoom Event: Fire March 9 | Virtual. Join Parks Naturalist, Kelly Ussia, for an engaging presentation about the importance of fire and controlled burns.Details and Registration on our County Naturalist page.

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.

Portion of North Beach Parking Lot Closed on February 18 –  A portion of the North Beach Park parking lot will be closed on Thursday, February 18, for the staging of a pedestrian bridge that will be constructed over A1A Coastal Highway. The highway will be intermittently closed during the evening of Thursday, February 18, for installation of the bridge, and beach visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when visiting the park. The entire parking lot is expected to reopen on Friday, February 19. For more information, please call 904.209.0333.

Vilano Beach On-beach Driving Reinstated January 31 – On-beach driving on Vilano Beach will be reinstated on Sunday, January 31, after being closed due to a beach renourishment project. The use of 4-wheel drive vehicles is recommended on Vilano Beach. For the most up-to-date information on beach access and driving conditions, please follow @SJCBeaches on Facebook and Twitter or download St. Johns County's Reach the Beach app. For more information, please call Beach Services at 904.209.0331.

Frank Butler Park East Temporary Closure for Park Improvements – Frank Butler Park East, including the beach walkover, horseback riding beach access, and the parking lot, will be closed for park improvements beginning Monday, February 1. Phase one improvements will include additional parking spaces, parking lot surface improvements, beach walkover improvements, and new landscaping. The park and all beach access is scheduled to reopen in March. Phase two of the improvement project, scheduled for a date to be confirmed, will include renovating the bathrooms, adding ADA parking spaces, and constructing sidewalks. For more information on this project, please call Beach Services at 904.209.0331.

Escambia Right-of-Way Beach Project, Inc. Public Meeting – February 16 – Gulfstream Design Group is hosting a public meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, in the Beacher’s Lodge meeting room, 6970 A1A S., to provide information regarding a proposed licensing agreement between St. Johns County and Escambia Right-of-Way Beach Project, Inc. The purpose of the agreement is to allow Escambia Right-of-Way Beach Project, Inc. to construct a beach walkover in the vacant right-of-way owned by St. Johns County, located north of Jellison Road and east of A1A and Broward Street. For more information regarding this public meeting, please call 904.794.4231.

Floating Dock at Usina Boat Ramp – The floating dock at Usina Boat Ramp is currently closed due to Hurricane damage and is expected to be reopened in Winter 2020. 

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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