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We Need Volunteer Youth Basketball Coaches!!! Do you love kids and sports? We're looking for adult volunteers 18 and older to coach boys and girls ages 9-14 youth basketball. Coaching experience preferred, but not required. Coaches are responsible for attending and running one practice each week in addition to one game a week. Practice date, time and location is determined by the coach and space availability. Coaches are the main contact with parents and players and should have great communication skills. If you would like coach one of our teams, please contact Brian James at 904.209.0365 or via email

Greenway Trails Coalition Symposium Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway. County Parks & Recreation Director Wil Smith will discuss the River to Sea Loop, Gullah Geechee Florida Bike Tour, maintaining trails, and Matanzas State Forest Trails. For more information, please contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 904.209.0333.

Super Summer Camps 2017   For resident children ages 5 - 12, the camps emphasize outdoor activities including field trips, arts & crafts, and swimming. The 2017 Summer Camp Registration drawing link will be posted at 8 a.m. on March 1. Summer Camps

March Youth Basketball is back in 2017! The 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. All games are played on Saturday mornings or afternoons. Game Schedules will be finalized in February.Practices are scheduled by individual coaches. Youth Basketball

2017 Just Tri It! Join us for the 2017 Kids Triathlon on April 23 at the Solomon Calhoun Center! Children ages 5-14 can join in the fun and JUST TRI IT! This is a non-competitive event gives everyone the chance to participate in a Triathlon. The first 150 children to pick up their race packets will get a Just Tri It! t-shirt and every child that completes the race will get a medal for their accomplishment! Early Registration Ends February 28! Just Tri It!

Free Intermediate Level Guided Kayak Trip We will paddle from the Usina Boat Ramp in St. Augustine down the Tolotmato River to the Fort Mose Historic State Park on March 2, 3, 4, & 5. Due to currents, this trip is not for beginners. County Naturalist Program Page.

Owl Prowl Join us for an exciting new guided walk on Monday, March 13 or Tuesday, March 14 at Canopy Shores Park in St. Augustine. Learn about creatures of the night, including the resident owls.County Naturalist Program Page.

Children's Shorebird Nesting Program – Looking for a fun, educational opportunity during spring break? Children, third grade and up, will learn about the unique birds that nest along our beaches and participate in activities that mirror what real bird biologists do to protect local nesting sites. The program is on March 14 and is FREE.County Naturalist Program Page.

How To Read Nature's New Learn the ABCs of tracking on Sunday March 19 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., at Gourd Island Conservation Area in St. Johns. Participants will learn about gate patterns, pressure points, and track identification. This program will last 2.5 to 3 hours.County Naturalist Program Page.

Kayak Quickstart Course Learn the fundamentals of kayaking including kayak designs, trip planning, water safety, basic paddle strokes, and rescue techniques on March 25, at Trout Creek Park in St. Augustine. Led by Certified ACA instructors, the program is $80 perperson. County Naturalist Program Page.

2017 Annual Beach Passes on Sale at Discounted Rate  2017 Annual Beach Passes at discounted prices of $30 for a St. Johns County resident pass, $40 for a non-resident pass, and $20 for a handicap pass. Passes will be available during normal business hours at the listed locations. Annual Beach Passes.

Senior Fitness in the Park – St. Johns County has partnered with the University of St. Augustine to provide Fitness in the Park, a free exercise program for adults ages 60 years and older, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, January 19 through April 13 at Canopy Shores Park. Senior Fitness in the Park

Facility Announcements

St. Johns County Equestrian Center The Equestrian Center will be closed beginning Wednesday, February 1 through Wednesday, February 8 for herbicide treatment. For more information, please contact 904.209.0333.

Solomon Calhoun Center Pool Closed for Repairs The pool will be closed for maintenance beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27. The pool will reopen at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31. For more information, please contact 904.209.0333.

Davis Field / St. Augustine Little League – A.D. Davis field will be closed for infield maintenance starting Friday, December 2, 2016 and will re-open on Monday, February 6, 2017. 

South Ponte Vedra Park Temporarily closed due to infrastructure damages including pavilion slab, loss from erosion, damaged irrigation, fence, decking, and beach walkover. Reopening date is to be determined.

East end of Pope Road – Temporarily closed due to damages to sidewalk , parking slab, and drainage system. Reopening date is to be determined.

Stay Up to Date

Parks and Recreation E-newsletter – Our monthly newsletter keeps you up to date on St. Johns County recreational facilities and programming, youth and adult athletics, and special events. In addition, you'll get information about parks, beach access points, and unique recreational opportunities that allow subscribers to discover St. Johns County and enjoy a quality of life that is second to none. Please complete the signup form to register. For additional information, please call 904.209.0346.

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.

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