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Vilano Landing Boat Ramp Floating Dock Repairs – The Vilano Landing Boat Ramp floating docks will undergo repairs and improvements through March 1. The boat ramps and one floating dock will remain open throughout the duration of the project. For more information, please call 904.209.0333.

Summer Camp – Save the Date! Mark your calendars for our Summer Camp online lottery registration from March 4-15. Our popular summer camp program is open to St. Johns County resident children between the ages of 5 and 12 (only five-year-olds that have completed kindergarten are eligible) and will be held at six locations around the county. Summer Camp Details. For more info, contact Brian James at or 904-209-0365.

St. Johns County Golf Course Master Plan Update – The St. Johns Golf Club, 4900 Cypress Links Blvd., is currently in the process of a potential Master Plan update that would include repairing, replacing, and updating various aspects of the golf course. St. Johns County released a Request for Proposals (RFP) in November 2018 to determine market interest in a potential public-private partnership to utilize excess land within the golf course in exchange for the renovations. An RFP evaluation committee ranked the two qualified proposals during a public meeting on December 20, 2018 and a Letter of Intent was issued to the most qualified applicant, Neighborhood Realty, Inc./McGarvey Residential Communities.

The Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to consider an item on the January 15, 2019 agenda that would include a recommendation authorizing staff to negotiate a contract with the most qualified applicant. The negotiated contract would then be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration and action at a future public hearing. For additional information, please call 904.209.0322, email, or view the following documents:

Evaluation Committee Rankings  |  Notice of Intent  |  Neighborhood Realty, Inc./McGarvey Residential Communities Proposal  |  Heritage Development Group Proposal

March Madness Youth Basketball is back! Are you ready for youth basketball to return spring 2019? The SJC 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 and Ketterlinus Gym. March Madness Youth Basketball

11th Annual MLK Breakfast – Come celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King at the 11th Annual breakfast celebration featuring guest speaker Jarvis J. James. The breakfast will be held on Saturday, January 19 at 9:00 a.m. at W.E. Harris Community Center, 400 E. Harris St., Hastings. The cost is $25 per person. MLK Breakfast Details. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact Tanya Jackson at 904-692-3655 or

Annual River Blessing – We have partnered with the Stetson Kennedy Foundation for the Annual River Blessing at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 SR 13 in Fruit Cove, on Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Gather at the riverfront next to the historic Bennett House for a selection of speakers followed by a silent, non-denominational ceremony of passing the bowl of water guided by a heartbeat drum by First Nations. This program is FREE. River Blessing Details. For more information, contact AyoLane Halusky at 904-209-0348 or

Explore St. Johns County – Join the County Naturalists for programs highlighting our unique history and beautiful environment. Programs may include: an Owl Prowls, Dolphin Walks, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, Kayak Trips and more.To see this month's programs, visit the County Naturalist page.


St. Johns Golf Club Request for Proposals –  The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted on August 7 to initiate a Request for Proposal (RFP) process pertaining to the possible renovation of the St. Johns Golf Club golf course. The RFP will solicit offers from the private sector for construction of homes on the nine closed holes, approximately 80 acres, in exchange for upgrading and renovating the golf course to standards of modern play. St. Johns Golf Club RFP | Excess Land Map

Trout Creek Park Playground Closure – The playground is closed until further notice due to necessary repairs. The playground will remain closed until assessments and repairs have been completed.

Hastings Tot Lot is currently closed.

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.