Monroe County Parks & Beaches
The Facilities Maintenance Department maintains 21 parks and beaches, covering more than 100 acres from Stock Island to Key Largo in unincorporated Monroe County.
This 3-acre park has a playground, baseball diamond, basketball courts and shaded structures. Location: 69 Hibiscus Drive
Key Largo Community Park & Pool
This sprawling, 14-acre park features playing fields and a fitness course. It also has courts and surfaces for tennis, soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball, handball and skateboarding. The Jacobs Aquatic Center is located on the edge of the park (admission fees apply for pool). The County runs the park in partnership with the YMCA. Location: 500 St. Croix Place.
Murray E. Nelson Government Center Park
This park is a bit hidden at the back of the government center, with a fabulous view of the Bay. It features five pavilions, restrooms and picnic tables. It is accessible for small boats and kayaks and canoes can be launched here. Location: 102050 Overseas Highway.
Rowell’s Waterfront Park
This 8-acre, kid- and dog-friendly park along Florida Bay in Key Largo opened as a passive park in 2016. It was closed temporarily for Hurricane Irma, which struck September of 2017, and for the County's hurricane recovery efforts. On July 3, 2018, Rowell's reopened as a passive park.
The park has picnic tables, benches, a place to swim (at your own risk) and a launch for kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards. Boats and personal watercraft are not allowed. Admission to the park is free.
The County is working on a scenic overlook and other plans to renovate the land into a more active park. And, in the future, the park may have to close again temporarily to become a staging site for hurricane marine debris removed from canals.
Location: 104.5 mile marker on U.S. 1.
Sunset Point Park
This nearly 3-acre park features a boat ramp, offering kayakers and canoers access to surrounding waters. Location: 20 Sunset Drive.
Sunset Point Park 2
Location: Corner of North Bay Harbor & Sunset Road
Old Settlers Park
This historic location has been transformed into a small park with a pavilion, picnic table, walking trail and playground. Benches scatter the park to provide visitors with a place to enjoy the scenic ocean views. Pets are allowed: Location: Mile Marker 92.5 of U.S. 1, oceanside
Harry Harris Park
The 21-acre park along the ocean was heavily damaged during Irma, but partially reopened in February 2018 after temporarily serving as a staging site for damaged vessels that were removed from the waters by Unified Command.
The portion of the park that is open includes the boat ramp, pavilions, barbeque grills, picnic tables, a playground, a protected beach and swimming area. The basketball courts and ball fields remain closed until repairs can be completed.
In May, the County completed a project to repave the boat ramp that was damaged by Irma.
Location: end of East Beach Road
LITTLE DUCK KEY
Veterans Memorial Park
Hurricane Irma decimated this small park along the ocean, eroding the sandy beach and destroying the picnic area and restrooms. It is closed indefinitely. Location: west end of the Seven Mile Bridge, Mile Marker 40 of U.S. 1.
BIG PINE KEY
Blue Heron Park
Due to Hurricane Irma, only the pickle ball courts are open as of January 2018. The County is working to restore its features, which included a community building with restrooms, three tiki pavilions with 6 barbeque grills, a basketball court and a volleyball court. It also was equipped with a foosball table, ping pong tables and tetherballs. Location: Intersection of Wilder Road and Lytton Way.
Watson Field Park and Big Pine Dog Park
This park serves as a dog park and has a grassy playing field. There is a baseball field, sandy volleyball court and two tennis courts. Location: 30150 South Street.
Palm Villa Park
This small park has a picnic table and playground. Location: End of Palm Avenue and Wilder.
Big Pine Key Community Park
This 10-acre park along the Gulf of Mexico was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. It served as a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center during the recovery. The park has partially reopened. The open sections include the tennis courts, playground, skate park and a section of the fitness trail. The rest of the park, including the community center, remains closed for repairs. Address: 31009 Atlantis Road, at the end of Sands Road.
The park is vacant and sandy. Visitors can enjoy walking or relaxing on the sand while watching the sunset. Location: corner of Bay Shore Drive and Pruitt Drive.
Bay Point Park
The park behind Baby’s Coffee at mile marker 15 features benches, picnic tables and barbeque pits. There is a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, a tennis court and a bocce court. It also has a sandy playground with swing sets and a jungle gym, a large grassy field and a soccer net. Location: 6 West Circle Drive
Boca Chica Beach
This relatively secluded beach is a great spot to see a multitude of sea life. Location: 354 Boca Chica Road
BIG COPPITT KEY
Big Coppitt Volunteer Fire Department Park
The park includes a basketball court, roller hockey rink, bocce courts, horseshoe pits and a handball court. It also has six tables and benches. Location: 280 Avenue F.
Wilhelmina Harvey Park
The family friendly park has a jungle gym, swing set and picnic area with a open grassy area and small walking trail. Dogs love the gated park. Location: 373 Avenue F.
The park reopened in August 2018 after a major renovation project that was delayed due to Hurricane Irma. The $7.9 million project included elevating all the athletic fields, building a new community center and constructing a new playground and other amenities. Location: corner of 5th Street and 5th Avenue.
The park along the ocean offers swimming, snorkeling, beach volleyball, tennis courts and pickle ball courts. It includes a dog park and Astro City, a large sandy playground with barbeque pits, a volleyball court and picnic tables. The County is working on a project to renovate the park, which includes relocating Atlantic Boulevard to make a larger beach area. Location: 1040 Atlantic Blvd.
Key West Pines Park
This picnic area under Australian Pines is a good place to watch planes take off from Key West International Airport or the beautiful sunrises over the water. Pets are allowed if owners pick up after them. Location: 3501 South Roosevelt Blvd.
For More Information
For more information about the maintenance of parks and beaches, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at (305) 292-4431.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board was created on June 30, 1983 by the Monroe County BOCC. The advisory board meets quarterly to review the facilities, programs, management, costs, expenditures and revenues for existing park facilities. It also makes recommendations for improvements and additional facilities, recreational areas and programs. The advisory board encourages public input at every meeting.