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

Special Events

Movie in the Park: Elf
Bring your family and join us for some holiday cheer on Saturday, December 19, as we watch Elf at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds. The movie begins at 5:30 p.m. and are free, though registration is required as space is limited. Picnic baskets are welcome; however, glass containers are 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.


St. Johns County Christmas "Tree-cycling" Program St. Johns County is hosting its Annual Christmas "Tree-cycling" Program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, December 28, through Monday, January 4, for those who wish to recycle Christmas trees after the holiday. Residents are encouraged to bring Christmas trees to be recycled at the attached locations. Artificial trees will not be accepted as only natural trees can be recycled, and trees should be free of decorations and debris. Designated areas and signage will direct participants where to drop off their trees. For more information, please call 904.209.0335. Christmas "Tree-cycling" Program

2021 St. Johns County Annual Beach Driving Passes On-beach driving passes will be available for purchase beginning Monday, December 7, and make great stocking stuffers for the holiday season. St. Johns County resident passes cost $50, non-resident passes cost $100, and accessible passes cost $40. In addition, all 2020 annual on-beach driving passes have been extended through the 2021 beach season. If you have purchased a 2020 on-beach driving pass, please retain your sticker, as they cannot be replaced and will require a purchase of a new pass. 2021 Beach Driving Passes Details & Purchase Locations

We Need Your Feedback!

St. Johns County Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park Public Survey – St. Johns County Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Flagler College, is encouraging residents and visitors to participate in a survey regarding Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park. Available through December 2, the survey will be used to determine key site improvements for the park by asking how it is currently utilized and what residents and visitors would like to see in the future. For more information, please contact 904.209.0335. Participate in theVilano Beach Oceanfront Park Public survey.

Youth Sports & Activities

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

Phone Calls from Santa
We've teamed up with the North Pole Telephone Company to bring you Phone Calls from Santa! Parents with children eight years of age or younger who reside in St. Johns County may sign their kids up to receive a special call from Santa Claus. Please note, each child in a household must be registered separately. Pick your day for more details and registration:

Winter Break Camp
Parents, sign your kids up for a week of fun with the Parks and Recreation staff at the Ketterlinus Gym! From 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on December 28 through 31, kids grades Kindergarten through eighth will spend the day playing games, participating in hands-on activities, and visiting the playground (weather permitted). Please note, snacks and lunch will not be provided. For more information, including cost and COVID-19 guidelines, please contact Ashley Brown at or call 904.209.0379. Winter Break Camp Registration.

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 Flag Football Information Session
Join us from 7 - 8 p.m. on January 4 at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center for an information session on our upcoming flag football league. We will discuss rules, registrations, league fee, and establish a start date for the season. For more information, contact Bobby Hamilton at or 904.209.0328.

Adult Basketball Registration
Registration is from December 1 through December 4 at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center. Captains may sign up at the gym or by contacting Bobby Hamilton at or 904.209.0328.

Adult Yoga
Join us during our eight-week yoga sessions from 6 - 7 p.m., January 5 through February 25 at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center. Each session is $25 and space is limited to 30 participants. Comfortable exercise attire and tennis shoes or grip socks are required and we encourage you bring a water bottle, yoga mat, and a towel to each class. To register or for more information, including COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, visit Adult Yoga Registration.

Nature & Environmental Programs

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

Night Under the Stars
December 9, St. Johns County Fairgrounds. Join us and Ancient City Astronomy for a free Astronomy 101 class under the stars. 

Wellness Walks: Sunset Strolls
December 9, & 16, Vaill Point Park. Come 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.

Owl Prowls
December 4, Vaill Point Park; December 10, Canopy Shores Park; December 17, Alpine Groves. Join us to learn these fascinating creatures of the night and explore the park at sunset in search of our resident owls.

Owls and the Sunset Symphony
December 11 & 18, Beluthahatchee Park. Learn about owls and enjoy nature's symphony as you experience the transition from light to dark.

Crescent Beach Cleanup
December 12, Crescent Beach Pavilion. Join us for a cleanup at Crescent Beach. All supplies will be provided. Please register for a time slot.

904 Naturalist Workshop: Exploring the Circle of Place
January 6, 13, 27, Solomon Calhoun Community Center. Learn about connecting with our local wilderness. This program takes place in the classroom and in the field.

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


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.


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.

After Hours Emergency Parks & Facilities Maintenance Contact: (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.

SJC Parks and Recreation – Where everybody plays.