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  • Treehouse Point Cabin Site is Temporarily Closed

    The Treehouse Point cabin site is closed for renovation until June. The Treehouse Trail boardwalk will remain open, but hikers must turn around at the Treehouse end and return the way they came.

    5/11/2015 11:56:00 AM

  • Camp Chowenwaw Pool is Opened to the Public

    The pool opens May 2 and will operate weekends and holidays through September 7.It will also be open weekdays June 5 through August 14. Fees are $4.00 for adults age 16-64, $3.00 for children age 2 – 15, and $2.00 for seniors 65 and over. Operating hours are Sundays 1-5 pm, Monday through Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, and holidays 11 am – 5 pm.Children’s swim lessons are available May 2 through August 1, for a fee of $36.00 per session of 4 lessons.Contact the Barco-Newton YMCA aquatics office to sign up: 904-278-9622 ext. 214.

    5/11/2015 11:53:00 AM

  • Hurrricane Preparedness

    NFDA is honored to host Dr. Alan Weldon, of Jacksonville Equine Associates, as he educates the Equine Community and the public on hurricane preparedness. A BBQ dinner will be available. It will be free to NFDA members and $17 for non-members. Please see the attached flyer for details and to RSVP.

    4/29/2015 10:17:24 AM

  • Historic Girl Scout Museum is Open to the Public

    The Historic Girl Scout Museum is open the third Saturday of every month, 9 am to 11 am. The museum offers a wide variety of photos and artifacts that display the time period when Camp Chowenwaw belonged to the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council over 70 years ago.

    4/20/2015 11:58:00 AM

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ABOUT US

The Mission of the Clay County Division of Parks and Recreation is to provide residents and visitors with an enjoyable recreational experience.  Our primary goal is to provide safe, easily accessible and well-maintained facilities that meet the community’s needs.

We invite you to explore the many ways that Parks and Recreation is making our communities happier and healthier.  Parks are a place where people come together…and communities grow stronger.

OVERVIEW

Clay County offers a wide variety of facilities and recreational activities.  We maintain (10) Community Parks providing sports programs including: soccer, baseball, softball, football, lacrosse and cheerleading serving over 10,000 youth throughout the County;  there are (19) neighborhood parks offering facilities such as: tennis/pickle ball courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, ball fields and playgrounds - most located within 3 miles of any residents, (11) public boat ramps, and over (35) miles of hiking, walking and biking trails. 

Camp Chowenwaw County Park is the ‘Jewel of Clay County’.  It’s a 150 acre park located on Black Creek, offering a wide range of outdoor activities including: kayaking, canoeing, tent camping, cabin rentals, meeting facilities and can host weddings and other large events at Big Cabin.  Chowenwaw County Park also offers outdoor/environmental education programs for youth and adults.

The Clay County Fair Grounds and Agricultural Center, which host the Clay County Fair, is also home to nearly 20 equestrian events, Dungeons Haunted Attraction, Scottish Games, J.P. Hall Children’s Charities Christmas Event, Weddings, Birthday parties, etc.  The Center boasts a variety of event options, with facilities that can accommodate small private events to large regional events.

Knights Marina on Black Creek is under new management and offers boaters and fisherman many new services including:  boat slip rental, bait and tackle, fuel, and boat rentals (power and paddle craft).  Stop in and meet Jon and discover more about the services and amenities provided.

OUR KEY OBJECTIVES

  • Establish and enforce standards for safety, accessibility, and appearance at all parks
  • Effectively manage a robust four-year facility upgrade, maintenance and inspection program
  • Seek efficiencies in all maintenance, spending and conservation practices
  • Create new programs and events that meet community needs
  • Seek involvement and feedback from the residents to progressively improve our park facilities, programs and services
We invite you to visit and explore all of the great parks in Clay County.  So whether you are a sports participant, a camper, a boater or fisherman, or just enjoy a walk with friends, family or pet, we have a park that can meet your recreational/leisure interests.  Also, please send us your comments and suggestions, we would love to hear from you…our Parks and Recreation Department is here to serve you!  IT STARTS IN PARKS