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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 our December Parks & Rec Newsletter and November Explore SJC Newsletter!

McCullough Creek Conservation Area East Section Temporary Closure – For the safety of park patrons, the east section of the McCullough Creek Conservation Area (located just north of the County Road 305 intersection and several miles north of State Road 207 in the Hastings area) is closed while a timber management crew thins out timber stands in compliance with a St. Johns River Water Management District authorized land management plan. McCullough Creek Conservation Area East Temporary Closure

Pre-Season Annual Beach Driving Passes Go On Sale Dec 4 – St. Johns County resident passes are $50, non-resident passes are $100 and ADA-accessible passes are $40. Passes will be available through March 1, 2024. Pre-Season Beach Driving Passes

Treecycling 2023 – St. Johns County Parks & Recreation is hosting “Treecycling” for residents of St. Johns County to have an opportunity to “recycle” their Christmas trees into mulch.  Trees must be real, clean, and all decorations must be removed. The tree will be donated as mulch to the County’s parks. Dates for drop off will be Dec. 26, 2023 to Jan. 3, 2024, from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tree drop-off locations

  • Ron Parker Park, 607 Old Beach Rd.
  • Mills Field, 1805 Racetrack Rd.
  • Davis Park, 210 Davis Park Rd.
  • Tillman Ridge Transfer Station, 3005 Allen Nease Rd.
  • Stratton Rd. Transfer Station, 250 North Stratton Rd.

St. Johns County Celebrates Start of $1.8 Million Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park Renovation Project with Groundbreaking Ceremony – St. Johns County held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the $1.8 million renovation of Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park. Construction is anticipated to be completed in February 2024, and the park will open to the public in Spring 2024, weather permitting. Ceremony Press Release and Photos | Recap Video

Parks and Recreation to Temporarily Close Rock Springs Farms County Park – St. Johns County Parks and Recreation will temporarily close Rock Springs Farms County Park, which is located within the Rock Springs Farms community at 7085 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, effective immediately. A reopening date will be announced once it is available. For more information, please call Parks and Recreation at 904-209-0333.

St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Inducts Eddie Lee Vickers into Hall of Fame – St. Johns County Parks and Recreation celebrated the career of the late Eddie Lee Vickers by inducting him into the SJC Parks & Recreation Hall of Fame. Parks & Rec Inducts Eddie Lee Vickers to Hall of Fame

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. View the 4 Parks Project Presentation.

Community Programming Opportunities

Nature Journaling 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 Golf ClubSt. 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


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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.

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 Recreation and Parks – Play Your Way!