Parks & Recreation
Welcome to SJC Parks & Rec!
The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department is a thriving local park system. Residents and visitors enjoy a sense of community, an appreciation of history, and a respect for nature. Register for our Programs and keep up with the latest Community Newsletter sent right to your inbox.
News & Announcements
Check out the March Parks & Rec Newsletter!
Future Parks Planning – Parks and Recreation is currently developing a master plan for multiple future County parks as an operation of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which evaluated the needs and priorities of the County, last updated in 2019. St. Johns County is collaborating with sports architecture and planning firm OSPORTS, along with its partners Catalyst Design Group, CHW Professional Consultants, and Perez Planning + Design, to help make this a reality. Take the survey and share what you would like to see at each of the parks. All feedback received will be reviewed by St. Johns County and OSPORTS. View the 4 Parks Project Presentation.
Tortuga Beach Walkover Project – The proposed project would create a new public beach access point as well as parking, restrooms, changing rooms, showers, and a washdown station at 7740 A1A S., St. Augustine. Tortuga Beach Walkover Project
Palm Valley West Boat Ramp Improvements Temporary Closure – St. Johns County will temporarily close the Palm Valley West Boat Ramp for improvements from Jan. 9 to April 10, 2023. The Palm Valley West Boat Ramp is located on the west side of the Intracoastal Waterway underneath the Palm Valley Bridge. Palm Valley West Boat Ramp Closure
Annual Beach Driving Passes On Sale Now – Beginning March 1, vehicles accessing St. Johns County driving beaches will be required to have a beach driving pass from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vehicles can access the beach at the following locations: A Street, Ocean Trace, Dondanville, Matanzas Avenue, Mary Street, Crescent Beach, and Porpoise Point. The Vilano and Fort Matanzas access ramps are temporarily closed at this time. For more information, visit the Beach Driving Passes page.
Douglas C. Crane Boat Ramp Temporarily Closed – St. Johns County Public Works will temporarily close the Douglas C. Crane Boat Ramp for improvements beginning Oct. 3, 2022. The boat ramp will reopen in Spring 2023, weather permitting. Boat Ramp Closure Project Information
Community Programming Opportunities
Special Events >> Painting with REC-Creations
Join us on March 17, 2023 for our Spring Painting with REC-Creations. Relax and unwind with this step-by-step program that guides participants through the techniques to create a Spring themed painting. Spots are limited. Painting with REC-Creations registration. Call 904-209-0333 for more information.
Youth Program >> March Madness Youth Basketball
Improve your skills & have some fun! Youth basketball leagues are for athletes ages 9-14 years old. More information and a registration link can be found on our March Madness Basketball page!
Adult Program >> REFIT Dance Fitness
Get moving with REFIT Dance Fitness every Monday evening (no class on December 26 or January 2) at the Solomon Calhoun Center. Winter session is FREE! REFIT registration
SJC Explore >> Nature Journaling
Join our Parks Naturalist, Will Pate, every month for an engaging class on various Nature Journaling techniques and locations. This class will give you the basic skills as well as hone any journaling skills you may already have. Nature Journaling registration
St. Johns County Golf Course >> Play Your Way!
Just minutes from St. Augustine, St. Johns Golf Club offers golfers 18 well-maintained, championship holes, and welcomes players of all ages and skills. Our knowledgeable and friendly professional staff are here to help make your experience at SJGC both enjoyable and memorable!
Featuring the area's largest public practice facilities with an expansive grass tee driving range, a private backside tee area for individual and group instruction, a two-tiered chipping green and a separate, well-manicured putting green. There is also a full-service pro shop featuring nearly all major manufacturers and on-site repair service as well.
For more information, call (904) 209-0333 or visit www.sjgc.com.
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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.
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 Recreation and Parks – Play Your Way!