Parks and Recreation

To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city's parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.

About Us

Our Mission

To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city’s parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.

An aerial shot of the mole structure in the foreground with the downtown buildings in the background Kids working together creating an arts and craft project Kids and Kubs playing a game of softball The nature exhibits inside of the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve building Parks and Recreation staff waving while riding on a float for the Santa Parade An aerial shot of the North Shore Pool complex Two young children playing on playground equipment
CAPRA National Accreditation award

National Accreditation

On March 19, 2010 the City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department became one of only ninety agencies in the country currently holding national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). National accreditation requires park and recreation agencies to respond to 155 standards representing elements of effective and efficient park and recreation operations. City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation is proud to say we fully met all 155 standards and according to the CAPRA Board – “passed with flying colors.”

St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Logo

Our logo is an ever changing, adaptable and fun character that you will spot in our brochures and marketing materials. It’s very imaginative - always looking for fun things to do and share with friends and family.

Contact Us

Parks and Recreation Administration
1400 19th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 893-7441

Get Involved, Improve Your Health

Taking part in regular recreational activity enhances well-being, reduces stress, uplifts mood and overall physical wellness. Studies show having parks and recreation facilities in convenient proximity to home, school and work have many health benefits including lower systolic blood pressure, lower body mass index, fewer doctor visits, lower stress levels, balanced mood, less depression and increased daily healthy activity. In addition, regular activity enhances quality of life and improves self-esteem, feelings of satisfaction and mental health.


Sunset over the bay with sailboats

St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation has a long standing tradition of providing residents and visitors with quality of life amenities.

Waterfront parks emerged one hundred years ago with the preservation of our waterfront by our forefathers, William Straub, Peter Demens and Perry Snell. They wanted every resident and visitor to have access to the waterfront. In the 1950’s the first recreation center began with a lawn bowling and shuffleboard club at Mirror Lake. St. Petersburg became known for its many beautiful parks and recreation facilities. As St. Petersburg grows, so do the opportunities for activity in all its neighborhoods. The legacy continues today with 17 recreation facilities, 9 swimming pools, over 150 parks, over 70 athletic fields, with programming for all ages and abilities.

Connect with nature get outdoors
St. Petersburg Waterfront
Special Events
  • Special Olympics
  • Festival of States
  • Martin Luther King Parade
  • Firestone Grand Prix
  • Tampa Bay Bluesfest
  • Mainsail Arts Festival
  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon
  • Green Thumb Festival
  • Taste of Pinellas
  • Living Green Expo
  • Fireworks
  • Ribfest
  • Holiday Tree Lighting
  • Santa Parade
  • Snowfest
  • First Night Downtown
  • First Friday
  • Get Downtown Music
  • And many more