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Area Florida State Parks make improvements during shutdown

While Florida State Parks were temporary closed to the public, park staff at Falling Waters State Park, Ponce De Leon Springs, and Camp Helen State Parks have been able to complete several projects. At Falling Waters State Park, park staff: Remodeled the campground bathhouse, including replacing mirrors, entry doors, hand dryers and shower rods and curtains, and painting the exterior. Performed maintenance to all the power pedestals in each campsite, including replacing breakers and receptacles as needed, and replaced site signs with new...

Panhandle area Florida State Parks continue to reopen for day use

May 9, 2020 – The Florida State Parks in the Panhandle area are continuing to reopen with limited use. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has opened for day use only. It will be for 50% capacity and there will be no tram service to the beach. The park will close once 50% capacity is met. To protect the health of the staff and volunteers only exact change or credit cards will be taken at the ranger station. No change will...

St. Andrews State Park reopens with limited use

Effective Tuesday, May 5, 2020: St. Andrews State Park is open for day use, 8 a.m. to sunset, for active recreation only, such as walking, jogging, swimming and fishing. Restrooms and trash cans are available, all other park facilities are closed. Normal park fees apply. Visitors are expected to maintain safe social distances of at least 6 feet apart and limit group size to 10 people. Learn more about St. Andrews State Park here....

DeFuniak Springs parks reopen

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. – On May 5, 2020, the City of DeFuniak Springs reopened all city-owned parks for public use.  City Council voted Tuesday morning to authorize City Manager Mell Smigielski to reopen all parks at his discretion. City Manager Mell Smigielski says he expects all city parks to be open by Tuesday, May 5, 5 pm, including restrooms at all facilities but reminds the public that the virus is still present, and that social distancing and handwashing is a...

Florida State Parks begin reopening May 4

Walton area parks include Deer Lake, Grayton Beach (north of 30A), and Camp Helen State Park Effective Monday, May 4, 2020 the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will implement phase one to reopen the Florida State Parks. As these parks are re-opening, DEP will be taking measures to ensure the protection of staff and the public. During this early phase of re-opening, visitors should expect limited hours, capacity and amenities. Phase one includes approximately 80 parks and trails throughout Florida. Portions...

All Walton County parks and beaches now open

May 1, 2020 – During the Walton County Board of County Commissioner’s (WCBCC) meeting that took place April 28th, 2020, the following action was taken by the WCBCC regarding the opening of the Beaches of Walton County. The WCBCC has passed Resolution 2020-35, which updates the County’s Local State of Emergency. This Resolution was passed with the following language regarding the opening of Walton County’s beaches and parks which will become effective on Friday, May 1st. Beginning on Friday, at...

Walton County closes Morrison Springs and Grady Brown Parks March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020 – Effective immediately and based upon updated monitoring info and a recommendation from Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Walton County has closed Morrison Springs and Grady Brown Parks to the general public. While the parks are closed, the boat ramps at each park will remain open along with all other parks north of the beach. For more information, call Louis E. Svehla, Walton County Public Information Manager at 850-892-8155....

Florida State Parks closed

March 23, 2020 – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Department of Environmental Protection announces that at the direction of Governor DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people, DEP will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23. DEP has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our State Parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation....

Walton area recreation closures, opens

As of March 19, 2020 many area recreation sites have been temporarily closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. It is difficult to keep up with all the changes, however here are a few closed areas: WALTON COUNTY BCC CLOSES BEACHES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC; SHERIFF’S OFFICE CHARGED WITH ENFORCEMENT. Walton parks beyond the beach remain open March 19, 2020 WALTON COUNTY, Fla— A vote early Thursday morning has closed beaches to the general public in Walton County. At their...

Walton County Sports Complex opens in South Walton

Phase 1 of new Walton County Sports Complex is now open. A ribbon cutting was held on Nov. 6, 2019 for 32+ acre multi-use park located at 240 MC Davis Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach. The facility is located behind the new Dune Lake Elementary School. The complex offers a number of amenities available to the public that improve the sports and recreational opportunities in the area. The park features: A lighted multi-use field complex that features 3 full-sized multi-use fields A...