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.

Key Largo

Friendship Park

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 the pool). The County runs the park in partnership with the YMCA. 

  • Location: 500 St. Croix Place

Both baseball fields located at Key Largo Community Park will be closed from Monday, October 26, 2020 through mid-December while Monroe County Facilities Maintenance refurbishes the fields and replaces the sod. The closure time includes a minimum of 30 days for the sod to become established after the refurbishing is complete.  The County will provide a reopening date as soon as the work is completed and the sod has grown in. The intention is to have both ballfields complete and established by January so there are no delays to the beginning of t-ball and baseball season.

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: Mile Marker 104.5 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, barbecue grills, picnic tables, a playground, a protected beach, and a swimming area. The baseball fields reopened in February 2019. The basketball courts remain closed until repairs can be completed. 

The County completed a project to repave the boat ramp that was damaged by Irma.

  • Location: end of East Beach Road


Veterans Memorial Park

After suffering extensive damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the oceanside Veterans Memorial Park at the west end of the 7 Mile Bridge reopened with limited access. The parking lot and beach are open to the public. The permanent bathrooms and one pavilion at the site need further renovations and will remain closed. There are portapotty facilities on site available for use. 

  • Location: west end of the Seven Mile Bridge, Mile Marker 40 of U.S. 1


Blue Heron Park

Due to Hurricane Irma, only the pickleball 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 six 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, a sand volleyball court, and two tennis courts. 

  • Location: 30150 South Street

Palm Villa Park

This small park has a picnic table and a 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. 

  • Location: 31009 Atlantis Road, at the end of Sands Road


Ramrod Park

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: End of Boca Chica Road


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 an open grassy area and small walking trail. Gated dog park. 

  • Location: 373 Avenue F


Bernstein Park

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


Higgs Beach

The park along the ocean offers swimming, snorkeling, beach volleyball, tennis courts, and pickleball courts. It includes a dog park and Astro City, a large sandy playground with barbecue 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, 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 the meetings.