With daily updates from the state, Volusia County and individuals, it is hard to know what public lands are still open for use and what is currently closed.
While the Florida governor has issued a “Safer at Home” Order, it does not disallow recreational activity such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming, as long as these activities are consistent with social distancing guidelines. However, that does not necessarily mean you are free to do so on any public lands of your choosing.
Social gatherings in public places are not considered an essential activity. It is up to individual cities to patrol and break up groups of ten or more in public spaces.
Additionally, the county and individual cities have the power to make their own decisions on what public lands will remain open for use, as long as the governor does not issue an order specifying that they may not make the decision on individual lands. That being said, a lot of confusion surrounds what is open and what is not. Here is a list of public lands within the county and if they may be used.
*This list is based on information provided directly from the county and cities. This list is subject to change without notice. These decisions were made by city and county officials, East Coast Current is simply reporting information. If you have any questions, complaints or concerns, please direct them to the city(ies) or county.
April 4, 2020 UPDATE:
While beaches remain closed, in an effort to provide an outlet for physical exercise, Volusia County has relaxed the prohibition of certain exercise-related activities on the beach.
Exceptions to the closure are in place for walking, jogging, biking, fishing, surfing and swimming.
Sunbathing, sitting in chairs, organized sports or lying on blankets and grouping of people on the beach remains PROHIBITED. Beach Safety continues to fly the double-red flag. Swimmers swim at their own risk and lifeguards may not be on duty.
April 3, 2020
All beaches within Volusia County are county-owned lands, and the county has made the decision to close the beaches to vehicles, swimmers and pedestrians. This also means that beachside parks, and all county-owned off-beach parking lots and walkovers are closed as well.
What does this mean? You may not access the beach or the ocean in any way. The beach is closed to walking, running, exercise and bicycling. The water is closed to swimming, surfing and all other activity.
Lifeguard towers will not be staffed during the beach closure. Beach Safety staff will fly the double red flag, indicating that the water is closed to the public.
First time violators will be educated by beach patrol of the closures, and repeat offenders may face a hefty fine.
County Boat Ramps and Parks
- County mainland parks, trails and boat ramps remain open to the public.
- Volusia County Government playgrounds at all county-operated parks are closed.
- All campsites in county-operated parks and preserves are closed.
For a map of county-owned parks, click here.
All Florida State Parks are closed and remain closed until further notice.
City-owned lands are to be closed or kept open at the discretion of the city.
New Smyrna Beach
In compliance with beach closures, New Smyrna Beach has closed the following beachfront parks AND parking lots to all activity.
• 27th Avenue Beachfront Park, 3701 S Atlantic Ave.
• Esther Street Beachfront Park, 551 Esther St.
• Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park, 201 Buenos Aires St.
• Grayce K. Barck North Beach Community Park, 1100 N Atlantic Ave.
• Marianne Clancy Park, 901 S Atlantic Ave.
Public boat ramps are closed effective Friday, Mar. 27 through Apr. 14, with an exception for commercial fishing vessels to use only the eastern ramps on North Causeway.
Affected boat ramps include:
- Swoope Boat Ramp, 2455 Boat Ramp Dr.
- North Causeway Boat Ramp-Eastside
- North Causeway Boat Ramp-Westside
All city parks remain open, with the exception of Seemor Dog Park. Public restrooms within parks are closed, with the exception of Causeway Park and Riverwalk Park North. Causeway Park, Sandy Point Concession and Kayak Launch at Riverwalk Park North and the Cypress Head Golf Course remain open.
All athletic fields/courts, playgrounds, splash pads and group exercise equipment are closed.
Menard May Park (413 South Riverside Drive) is closed to all activities including but not limited to: parking, playground, fishing pier, boat launch, beach, volleyball court and pavilions.
All City parks are closed with the following exceptions:
- Parking area at Rotary Park will remain open to allow access to the multi-use “rail trail”.
- Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms.
- Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
- While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
The River Breeze Park Boat Ramp located at 250 H. H. Burch Road is open for use.
All city-operated community centers and parks will be closed until further notice. Also all city Leisure Services programs, including baseball, t-ball, soccer and youth Spring Break program, have been suspended until further notice.
City parks remain open.
Daytona Beach Shores
The following activities at McElroy park will be closed until further notice:
- All Pickleball courts
- Dog Park
The City of Ormond Beach has closed all city-owned playgrounds, Nova Recreational Center (all areas), and the fitness equipment at Fortunato Park until further notice.
Orange City’s parks are open for the public to use but the playgrounds and skate park are closed.
Park amenities, excluding playground equipment, are being sanitized daily by park staff. The splash pad was not re-opened on March 13 as originally planned.
All city parks and park facilities are closed.
The following city-owned playgrounds are closed until further notice:
- Freedom Playground at Bill Dreggors Park, 230 North Stone Street
- Candlelight Oaks Playground, 813 Longview Avenue
- Chisholm Playground, 520 South Clara Avenue
- Playground and Skate Park at Earl Brown Park, 600 block of South Alabama Avenue
- Playground at Tra Thomas Park, 200 block of South Frankfort Avenue
- Playground at Highland Park, Corner of South Stone and Highland Street
- Playground at Jackson Lane Memorial Park, 720 North Frankfort Avenue
Additionally, all lighted sports facilities such as basketball and tennis courts will be restricted to daytime use only.
Other amenities such as walking paths will remain open, however, residents should continue to practice social distancing and avoid gathering in large groups.
Below is a list of the City of Holly Hill neighborhood parks you can walk to and enjoy for a leisurely walk around the parks.
While the State of Florida is under a Safer at Home Executive Order 20-91, remain active and always practice the “30 Days to Slow the Spread” guidelines, which President Trump updated on March 31, 2020.
- Centennial Park 408 10th Street
- Hollyland Park 1062 Ridgewood Avenue
- Ross Point Park 611 Riverside Drive
- Sunrise Park North 1135 Riverside Drive
- Sunrise Park South 1125 Riverside Drive
- Shirley Heyman Park 115 1st Street
(Corner of Mason & Beach)
- Riviera Oaks Park (Dog Park) 980 Alabama Avenue
- Riverside Park 231 Riverside Drive
- 7th Street Neighborhood Park 711 Center Avenue