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News, Announcements & Programming

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

Special Events

Movies in the Park: Hocus Pocus
When: 7 - 9 p.m., Saturday, October 31
Where: Palencia Park, 405 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine
Details: Families, put on your Halloween costumes, bring your candy, and join us for a special viewing of the spooktacular film Hocus Pocus. Movies begin at sunset and are free, picnic baskets are welcome; glass containers prohibited. To comply with CDC social distancing guidelines, each space will be marked six feet apart and each ticket will admit up to a family of five. Face coverings will not be required while in each square, but should be worn otherwise. For more information, please contact Stephanie Taylor at or call 904.209.0381.Registration is required as space is limited. Register for Movies in the Park

Youth Sports & Activities

For details about the following programs, please visit our Youth Activities page.

Youth Night Out: Glow Night
Friday, November 13 @ the Solomon Calhoun Center
Parents, enjoy a well-deserved night out and drop your kids off to enjoy dancing, games, glow sticks, and more at our after-hours Glow Night party. Kids in grades kindergarten through eight are welcome to join us. To comply with CDC guidelines, face coverings will be required when social distancing of six feet can not be maintained. Additionally, face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking. This event is free and registration is required.

Youth Basketball Clinics
October 21 through December 16 @ Ketterlinus Gym
Join our seven-week fall/winter developmental clinic for kids in grades kindergarten through eight that is designed to enhance player skills prior to the Youth Basketball League beginning in March.

Student Open Gym @ Solomon Calhoun Center
Students, bring your friends and play some ball during our open gym hours at the Solomon Calhoun Center. This program is free, but you must bring your own basketball and sign in upon arrival.

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.

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.

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.

Nature & Environmental Programs

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

Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants Guided Walks
November 5 - Alpine Groves Park, November 6 - Vaill Point Park
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, registration is required.

Sunset Strolls
Ongoing dates at various local parks.
Join Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky and learn about the different flora and fauna found at St. Johns County's parks while enjoying the sunset. Bring your questions and journals to record your findings. This program is free and open to all ages. Registration required.

Cycles of Nature
October 22 @ Butler Park East
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, there are lots of things in nature that 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. This program is free and open to all ages, registration is required.

Owl Prowls
Canopy Shores Park: October 23 & November 21; Vaill Point Park: October 29; Alpine Groves: October 30
Join us to learn these fascinating creatures of the night and explore the park at sunset in search of our resident owls. This program is free and open to all ages and registration is required.

St. Johns Golf Club

For more details, please visit

Late Risers Bar and Grille Clubhouse Restaurant Opens at St. Johns Golf Club – Late Risers Bar & Grille, a chef-owned restaurant with a scratch-prepared menu featuring hot, cold, and grab-and-go items offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as welll as a full bar. Beverage cart service will be available on the course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For more information, visit, or


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.


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 Parks and Recreation – Where everybody plays.