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News, Announcements & Programming

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

Adult Sports and Activities

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

Adult Yoga @ Solomon Calhoun Center – Are you looking to strengthen your core and increase your flexibility? Join us during our eight week yoga sessions. Each session is $25 and space is limited to 30 participants. Exercise space will be marked off to comply with CDC guidelines. Adult Yoga Details.

Open Gym @ Solomon Calhoun Center Beat the heat and play some ball with friends during our open gym hours. There's no fee, but you must bring your own basketball and sign in upon arrival. To comply with CDC guidelines and State of Florida executive orders, capacity and availability will be limited to first come, first served. Open Gym Sessions at the Solomon Calhoun Center

Nature & Environmental Programs

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

Cycles of Nature Join St. Johns County Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia and Marineland for a beautiful and educational sunrise walk on the beach. Just like the sun rises and sets every day, many things in nature occur on a cyclical basis. This walk will focus on how nature tends to repeat itself and how humans can help protect these delicate cycles. September 23, October 8, and 22, at Butler Park East.

Owl Prowls Join us to learn about these fascinating creatures of the night and explore the park at sunset in search of our resident owls. The prowls are free and open to all ages, registration is required. October 23 at Canopy Shores Park, October 29 at Vaill Point Park, and October 30 at Alpine Groves Park.

Trout Creek Kayak Trips Join us in September for beautiful guided trips of Trout Creek and learn about the unique history and diverse wildlife of the area.

904 Naturalist Series – Exploring the Life of Plants – In this 904 Naturalist Series, study and research native plants in their habitat. Online through Zoom, with field trip locations to be announced during classes. This program is free and open to those age 18 and up. You must sign up for all six classes.

ACA Quickstart Kayak Course – Learn the fundamentals of kayaking, including kayak designs, trip planning, and water safety. Participants will also get the to learn and practice basic paddle strokes and rescue techniques. September 20 at Trout Creek Park, led by Level 2 Certified ACA instructors.

Sunset Stroll at Canopy Shores Park – Join us September 25 and learn about the flora and fauna found in Canopy Shores Park while enjoying the sunset. Bring your questions and journals to record your findings.

Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants Guided Walks Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about wild edibles and medicinal plants found in our parks. Bring your questions and journals to record your findings. This program is free and open to all ages. October 2, Canopy Shores Park.

Moultrie Creek Kayak Trips Join County naturalists on October 3 and 4 for a beautiful guided trip of Trout Creek and learn about the unique history and diverse wildlife of the area.

Sunset Strolls Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky for a stroll and learn about the flora and fauna in our parks while enjoying the sunset. Bring your questions and journals to record your findings. Free, open to all ages. Vaill Point Park - October 7 & 22, Canopy Shores Park - October 9, Alpine Groves Park - October 14.

Speaking with the Birds Join us as we learn to interpret and identify the language of birds and gain a deeper understanding of these fascinating animals. Vaill Point Park on October 15, and Canopy Shores Park on October 16.

Afterschool Programs

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

Elementary Enrichment Program August 31 through October 30, Monday through Friday, at the Ketterlinus Gymnasium, 80 Orange St., St. Augustine.

Middle School After School Program August 31 through October 30, Monday through Friday, at the Ketterlinus Gymnasium, 80 Orange St., St. Augustine.

Collier-Blocker Student Enrichment Program Begins August 31, Monday through Friday, during the school year at the Collier-Blocker Center, 10 N. Holmes Blvd., St. Augustine.

Facilities

Late Risers Bar and Grille Clubhouse Restaurant Opens at St. Johns Golf Club – The St. Johns Golf Club is now home to Late Risers Bar & Grille, a chef-owned restaurant with a scratch-prepared menu featuring hot, cold, and grab-and-go items. Now open in the St. Johns Golf Club Clubhouse, 4900 Cypress Links Blvd., Late Risers offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner options including French toast bites, fresh local seafood, and a variety of salads and sandwiches. In addition, the restaurant offers a full bar that includes beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Late Risers is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Closing times will be flexible based upon the volume of business. In addition, beverage cart service will be available on the course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The cart will offer assorted canned beers, seltzers, and spirits, as well as sodas, Gatorade, bottled water, and light refreshments. For more information, please visit the Late Risers website at www.laterisersfoodtruck.com, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/laterisersbarandgrille, or call 904.209.0360.

New Playground at Al Wilke Park – A new playground is now available for use at Al Wilke Park, 6140 Main Street, Hastings. The playground replaces an older structure and includes three slides, four swings, a crawling tunnel, balance beam, two sit-n-spins, and a shaded area. Installed by Bliss Products, the playground is for children ages 5 to 12. The project also includes two additional accessible parking spaces and approximately 100 feet of sidewalk to connect the playground to existing restrooms. Learn more about Al Wilke Park here.

 

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.

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.


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