Youth & Recreation

Overview of Recreation Facilities and Youth Activities Available to City Residents

 

  1. Parks and Recreation Facilities within City Limits
    1. Pier Park
      • Splash Park & Playground – A low pressure fountain and rainfall sprinkler system on the east side of the park with a small wooden playset with slide suitable for children under 12.SPLASH PARK
      • Volleyball Courts – Five lighted courts on the north side of the park that are available for public use or rental through the County for private events. Volleyballs not provided. All ages.PIER VOLLEY BALL
      • Bocce Ball Courts – Two bocce courts on the south side of the park that are available for public use. All ages. Balls not provided.PIER BOCCE COURTS
      • Fishing Pier – Open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. March-October, then closing an hour earlier November-February. Current prices are $1.00 to sightsee and fishing is $2.00 for County residents and $3.00 for non-residents, children under 6 and St. Johns County residents over 60 are free. All ages.
      • Picnic Tables – There are uncovered tables near the bocce ball courts on the south side and covered tables near the splash park on the east side.
      • Pavilion – Available for general public use or rental through the County for private events. Tables and chairs not provided.
      • Beach
    2. Ron Parker Park
      • Playground – Featuring two medium sized metal/plastic playsets suitable for children under 12 (one under heavy shade trees, the other open to sunlight) and a swing set.RON PARKER PARK
      • Softball Field – One field. Equipment not provided. All ages.
      • Tennis Courts – Two Tennis courts and six paddleball/pickleball courts. Equipment not provided. All ages.RON PARKER PARK 3
      • Basketball Courts – One small and one large court. Equipment not provided. All ages.
      • Dog Run – Fenced and shaded lot for dog to play.
      • Picnic Tables – Shaded tables near the playground.
      • Community Garden
    3. Lakeside Veteran’s Memorial Park
      • Pier – for fishing or sightseeing.
      • Walk/Bike Path – Paved path through the park.
      • Picnic Tables
    4. Ocean Hammock Park
      • Walkway – ⅓ mile walking path along the south side of the park to the beach.
      • Beach

 

 

 

  1. Youth Activities and Programs Available to City Residents
    1. Johns County Programs and Partners

 

  • Youth Sports Leagues

 

  1. Baseball, Softball, and Tee Ball – Season is August to November. Ages 5-16, divided into leagues based on age group. Cost per child is $80, which includes hat and jersey. Gloves and cleats must be provided. League has bats and helmets to share, but purchasing them for the child is recommended. Transportation to and from the Solomon Calhoun Community Center for practices/games must be provided. Includes a Challenger League for special needs children. Further information at mysall.com.
  2. Basketball – Season is February to May. Ages 9-14, divided into leagues based on age group. Cost per child is $30, which includes a jersey. Transportation to and from the Solomon Calhoun Community Center for practices/games must be provided. Further information at sjcfl.us/Recreation/Youth/basketball.aspx.
  3. Football – Season is August to December. Ages 5-15, divided into leagues based on age group. Cost per child is $150, which includes a uniform. Transportation to and from locations within St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, and Clay counties for games must be provided. Practices are held at Joe Pomar Park on Masters Drive. Further information at staugustinepopwarner.com
  4. Cheerleading – Season is August to December. Ages 5-15, divided into leagues based on age group. Cost per child is $200, which includes uniform, shoes, and pompoms. Transportation to and from locations within St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, and Clay counties for games must be provided. Practices are held at Joe Pomar Park on Masters Drive. Further information at staugustinepopwarner.com.
  5. Soccer – There are two seasons, Fall is from September to November and Spring is from March to May. Ages 4-19, divided into leagues based on age group. Cost per child is based on age group: $70 per season for age 4 (includes t-shirt); the following include both seasons and a uniform and ball, $240 for ages 5-6, $250 for ages 7-10, $275 for ages 11-16, $135 for ages 17-19. Shin guards and soccer socks are required, cleats are recommended. For ages 4-12, transportation to and from Gamble Rogers Middle School for practices/games must be provided. For ages 13-19, transportation to and from locations within St. Johns and Duval counties for games must be provided. Practices are held at. Further information at ancientcitysoccer.com.
  6. Golf – Training season is September to November. Tournament season is March to July. Ages 5-18, divided into divisions based on age group. Training season cost is $45 per child for a junior membership, which includes tote bag and 5 course-access passes for a 9-hole game outside of training, cart fees and green fees for accompanying adult are not included in membership. Scholarships are available for qualifying children. Tournament season cost is $20 per tournament for grades K-5 and $30 for grades 6-12. Transportation to and from locations within St. Johns, Duval, Putnam, and Flagler counties for tournaments must be provided. Practices are held at the St. Johns Golf and Country Club and The Golf Club at South Hampton, both is St. Johns, FL, on CR 210. Further information at thefirstteenorthflorida.org.

 

  • Summer Camp Programs (Further information on these camps at

www.sjcfl.us/Recreation/Youth/summer.aspx)

 

  1. Junior Lifeguard Program – There are multiple 5-day sessions in June and July. Ages 9-17. Cost is $150 per child per session (limit of two sessions per child), which includes bathing suit, hat, and sun shirt. Children must pass a swim assessment. Transportation to and from the Solomon Calhoun Community Center for try-outs and Pier Park for sessions must be provided. Further information at sjcfl.us/MarineRescue/JuniorLifeguard.aspx.
  2. Fresh Water Fishing Camp – This is a 5-day camp in July. For rising 7th to 9th grade students. Cost per child is $170 and includes one rod/reel, tackle box, and tackle. Transportation to and from Trout Creek on the St. Johns River (6795 Collier Rd. off SR 13/16) must be provided. This is a joint program with Florida Wildlife Commission.
  3. Nature Exploration Camp – 5-day camp in July, divided into two sessions based on ages (5-8, then 9-12). Costs is $100 per child. Transportation to and from Ketterlinus Gym must be provided.
  4. Super Summer Spectacular Camp – 7-week camp in July. Ages 5-12. Costs is $100 per child. Transportation to and from Ketterlinus Gym or the Solomon Calhoun Community Center must be provided.
  5. Counselor in Training Program – Operates alongside the Super Summer Spectacular Camp. Ages 13-16. Transportation to and from Ketterlinus Gym or the Solomon Calhoun Community Center must be provided.

 

 

  1. YMCA Programs (further information about these can be found at org)

 

  • Safety Around Water (SAW) Program – Eight 40-minute sessions. Ages 6-12. Free based on child’s eligibility in the free/reduced lunch program. This is not a swimming class, this is intended to “build on skill sequences to enable a child to help save themselves or tread/float long enough for help to arrive.”
  • Swim Lessons – Held regularly, sessions consist of four Saturdays of 45-minute lessons. Ages 6 months to 12 years. Cost is $38 per child per session for both members and non-members. Private lessons available for ages 5-15 at a cost of $120 for four lessons. Lessons held at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center.
  • Youth Sports
    1. Kids Triathlon Club – Tuesdays from June to November. Ages 5-13. Cost is $40 for members and $80 for non-members.
    2. Youth Cross Country – Mondays and Wednesday from October to December. Ages 5-17. Cost is $75 for members and $132 for non-members.
    3. Competitive Swim Team – Season is August to April. Ages 6-18. Costs is $57 a month for 9 months, participation is not required for the entire season. August-October will be swimming at the YMCA. October-April will be at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center.
    4. Group Personal Training – Held monthly. Ages 12+. Cost is $67 per child/adult a month. Groups of 4-10 people. Private sessions available as well starting at $52 per hour.

 

  1. Johns County Police Athletic League (further information can be found at www.stjohnspal.org)

 

  • Flag Football – Season is November to February. Ages 5-14. Cost is $100 per child. Transportation to and from Joe Pomar Park must be provided.
  • Tackle Football – Season is August to October. Ages 7-14. Cost TBD. Transportation to and from public schools in the area must be provided.
  • Cheerleading – Season is August to October. Ages 7-14. Cost TBD. Transportation to and from public schools in the area must be provided.
  • Lacrosse – Season is February to May. Ages 7-14. Cost TBD. Transportation to and from Joe Pomar Park must be provided.
  • Basketball – Season is March to June. Ages 9-14. Cost TBD. Transportation to and from the Solomon Calhoun Community Center must be provided.
  • Johns County Sheriff’s Office Explorers – Follows SJC School District calendar. Ages 12-21. Annual dues are $75.
  • Teen Leadership Council – Follows SJC School District calendar. Grades 8-12.