Q: If I can't find the answer using the website navigation or "Site Index & Search
Tools" available in the top navigation panel, how do I ask a question?
A: For your convenience, we maintain a growing list of the most frequently asked questions
about Brevard County Park policies, parks lands, employment, and activities. If
you can't find the information you are looking for you can call our Customer Care
phone number: 321-63-PKREC or email your question to email@example.com
County's Ordinance, Chapter 78, Article III - Use of Parks (PDF) may address
Q: Can I have a small party on the beach or in a park and serve beer or other alcohol?
A: Glad you asked! The general answer is covered in Brevard County's Ordinance, Chapter 78, Article III - Use of Parks
You can find that document on the same page where our
facility use permit and rules are posted. As a County Ordinance, it is the
best “general” rule available.
In summary, it states that consumption of alcoholic beverages by individuals or
gatherings of people is permitted only in “designated” areas.
In our parks, for instance, you can acquire a Facility
Use Permit to hold a function where alcohol is served at a “designated”
area, usually a Community Center or pavilion, but not on beaches or
on park grounds managed by the Department.
The only time when it is permitted otherwise in our parks is for large, multi-sponsored
events such as a festival at a beach park. However, private commercial businesses
on the beach, such as the Pier in Cape Canaveral, and restaurants and hotels may
have permitting that allows alcoholic consumption by groups that are sanctioned
For further information, contact the manager of the park or facility where you are
interested in scheduling your function.
Q: If I find a dead animal on the beach or in a park, who do I contact to remove it?
A: Each park managed by Brevard County Parks and Recreation has a maintenance team that removes dead animals if they see or are alerted to the fact. However, because the beaches between park crossovers and the ocean are not part of the parks, it is best to contact Brevard County Animal Control Services. They can pick up a dead animal within a few hours after receiving a call for pick up. Picking up dead animals is secondary to all other priority calls (the only exception is dead animals at a day care, school or near a bus stop). Contact Animal Control Services by calling: 321-633-2024 or 321-255-4346.
Q: If I see stray animals or dangerous wildlife in a park, who do I call?
A: Immediately alert the park maintenance staff or associated County Area Parks Operations office (or City office, if a municipal park); and/or contact Brevard County Animal Control Services by calling: 321-633-2024 or 321-255-4346.
Q: Are dogs allowed in parks?
A: See Frequently Asked Questions - Dogs or detailed information at Dogs In Parks
Q: How can my organization get involved in a beach cleanup day or find out more about the Adopt-A-Shore program?
A: Go to the Keep Brevard Beautiful web site, or call 321-453-8767 or email.
Q: Can I ride my bike off road in Brevard County Parks?
A: Because of the sensitive ecosystems, street bikes and mountain bikes are restricted to roadways and bike paths in parks managed by Brevard County Parks and Recreation.
With regard to parks managed by cities or privately owned properties, you should seek permission from the property owner or manager.
Although the bike trails are not identified as "off road", you might be interested to know that bike trails are identified in the St. Johns River Water Management District book "Recreation Guide to District Lands" for some of the conservation areas and buffer preserves. On the Publications page, select "Recreation Guide to District Lands" at the following web site: http://sjr.state.fl.us/programs/outreach/pubs/index.html
Q: Does the recreation department have maps of bike trails or designated bike routes
throughout the County?
A: No, the Parks and Recreation Department does not publish a map of bike trails. However,
if you are looking for wilderness bike trails, a publication called Recreation
Guide to District Lands is available at the St. Johns River Water Management
District website. You can view and print pages online from a PDF Acrobat Reader
version, or request a hard copy. The publication identifies conservation areas (several
in Brevard County) that include thousands of acres and have marked bike trails:
http://sjr.state.fl.us/programs/ outreach/pubs/recguide/recguide.html (view
either the Central or Southern Regions).
There is also a bike trail in the
Archie Carr Nation Wildlife Refuge that connects Long Point Park with Sebastian
Inlet. Other dirt road bike trails include Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary in Merritt
Island, and Black Point Drive
in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.
The Brevard County Bicycle Pedestrian Program is coordinated by the Office of Traffic Engineering. In May 2001, the Brevard Metropolitan Planning Organization adopted the
Brevard County Greenways and Trails Master Plan. The Plan incorporates public comments
and ideas collected during the Master Plan development and identifies the opportunities
for a trail system that serves transportation, recreation and conservation needs.
The MPO is now know as the
Transportation Planning Organization
The Brevard County Bicycle Pedestrian Program is supported by citizen advisory committees,
and many of those citizens are associated with bicycle shops in Brevard County --
employees at these shops are an excellent source of information regarding bike trails.
Q: Is it permissable to have a bonfire on a beach in Brevard County?
A: Brevard County Ordinance Sec. 78-114 states:
No person in any park or recreational area shall ignite, set or maintain any fire
for cooking or any other purpose unless such fire is within a designated area for
With two exceptions, beaches in Brevard County are not designated areas and fires
are not allowed.
The exception includes beaches within the city limits of Cocoa Beach or Satellite Beach.
Contact the applicable municipality for details about requirements they may have,
or for any updates that might have been made to the following rules:
The City of Cocoa Beach will issue a permit for bonfires
per City Ordinance 9-10 per the following conditions:
- Permit issued to persons over 18 years of age or older who are Brevard County residents
- Photo ID required
- $25 permit fee
- Permit issued for only for campfires between the north side of Minutemen Cswy and
northern boundary of the city
- Permit issued on day of request dependent on wind conditions existing or anticipated
(if permit is revoked on site due to wind conditions, permit fee will be refunded
- No refunds issued due to rain
- Fires can be no less than 100 ft from a stub-end street of dune crossover and at
least 30 ft from any dune crossover or vegetation
- Fire cannot exceed 3 ft in diameter or 3 ft in height and must be surrounded by
beach sand only
- Fire may not be left unattended and the permit and owner must be present at all
- Fires must be out by 12 midnight
- All fire debris must be extinguished and removed (not buried) with site restored
to natural condition
- No burn permits issued from March 1 and October 31
City of Cocoa Beach Recreation
- (321) 868-3330
The City of Satellite Beach will issue a permit for
bonfires per Recreation Rule conditions. Contact the City of Satellite
Beach Fire Department for more information: (321) 773-4405
Q: Can I rent a canoe or kayak at a Brevard County park?
A: The Department does not rent canoes or kayaks, but here are some rental businesses:
Calema Windurfing & Watersports
- 2550 N Banana River Dr, MI, 321-453-3223
Ocean Sports World
- 3220 S. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, 321-783-4088
Village Outfitters - 113 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa, 321-633-7245
Honest John's Fish
Camp - 750 Mullet Creek Rd., Melbourne, 321-727-2923
Note: There is also a paddling club in Brevard County.
Click Here for details.
Q: Our dog is part of our family and wants to come along on outings, which parks can
we take him to?
A: In many parks only service animals are allowed. However, there are designated areas
in some parks where dogs may accompany their owners. Please search the website for 'dogs' or click on the park.
Q: Is it okay to feed scrub jays peanuts and scraps of food?
A: The U.S. Federal Wildlife Service specifically requested Brevard County Natural
Resources Management Office to inform residents and visitors that hand-feeding Scrub
Jays is in direct violation of the Endangered Species Act. The
Endangered Species Act defines hand-feeding of Scrub Jays as harassment because
it teaches jays to look to humans for direct hand outs and is detrimental to long
term survival. Hanging bird feeders available to all birds are not covered by the
policy as it is not 'directly' or 'actively' feeding jays. Brevard County Natural
Resource Management Office Phone: 321-633-2016
Q: Why is the park I am looking for not listed in the Brevard County Parks and Recreation
A: by the municipality (city) in which it is located. There are some city parks that
Brevard County Parks and Recreation does manage through contractual agreements with
those cities. If you do not find the park you are looking for listed at our web
site, you can use our "Other Parks Related Agencies"
page for the city contact information, or view in Acrobat Reader a list of PARKS
IN BREVARD COUNTY NOT OPERATED BY BREVARD COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION: Alphabetical by Parkor Alphabetical by Location then Park. If you still cannot
find it, call 63-PKREC and we may be able to assist you.
Q: Why is my child's Little League Association not listed in the Brevard County Parks
and Recreation directory?
A: The leagues listed at this website
are the ones on user agreement or facility use permit to use Brevard County Parks
and Recreation Department fields or School Board fields that are managed by this
Department through a co-use agreement. In other words, the leagues listed on out
website administer sports programs associated with this Department. Those athletic
leagues that use properties associated with cities that have their own Recreation
Department are not listed. However, you can use our "Other
Parks Related Agencies" page for city contact information.
Q: When do I need a fishing license for saltwater or freshwater recreational fishing?
Where would I get a license?
A: Some general information is listed below, however to be sure you know current up-to-date
Florida Wildlife Code is the final authority on fishing laws. For your convenience
you may order an instant fishing license either by going to: www2.wildlifelicense.com or by calling toll free: 1-888-FISH
After reviewing the fishing regulations below, visit Brevard County Parks and Recreation
Fishing Sites and Boat Ramps
LICENSES & REGULATIONS - Be sure to check for current revisions at floridafisheries.com/license.html
• Freshwater Recreational Fishing
• Freshwater Recreational Exemptions
• Saltwater Recreational Fishing
• Saltwater Recreational Exemptions
FRESHWATER Recreational Fishing License
For fees go to: myfwc.com/license
For further information go to: floridafisheries.com/rules
Licensing requirements follow the species of fish you are fishing for, regardless
of where you are fishing. For example, anglers fishing for and possessing largemouth
bass in brackish water need a freshwater license; anglers fishing for saltwater
species in fresh water (e.g., spotted sea trout, red drum, snook, or American shad)
need a saltwater license to possess these species if fishing from a boat.
FRESHWATER Recreational Fishing
SOME LICENSE EXEMPTIONS
For complete information go to: floridafisheries.com/rules
Florida residents 65 years of age or older who possess either a Resident Senior
Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate or proof of age and residency.
Georgia residents 65 years fo age or older who have in their possession a Georgia
Honorary Combination Hunting and Fishing License and proof of age.
Children under 16 years of age
Any resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and is not stationed in Florida,
home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.
Any resident fishin in the county of his or her residence with live or natural bait,
using poles or hand lines that are not equipped with a reel or other line retrieval
mechanism (cane pole), for noncommercial purposes.
Anyone fishing in a private fishing pond less than 20 acres that is entirely within
the property lines of the owner with no surface water connection to public waters.
Anyone fishing during Free Fishing Weekend (usually the first weekend in April)
SALTWATER - Recreational Fishing Regulations
For complete information go to: myfwc.com/marine/regulation.htm
State waters extend to 3 nautical miles on the Atlantic and 9 nautical miles on
the Gulf. Federal rules apply beyond state waters. For species that do not have
an established bag limit, more than 100 pounds or 2 fish per person per day (whichever
is greater), is considered commercial quantities. A saltwater products license and
commercial vessel registration is required to harvest commercial quantities of unregulated
species. The failure to include complete laws, rules, and regulations in this summary
does not relieve persons from abiding by those laws, rules, or regulations.
Regulations are by species, minimum size limit, closed season where applicable,
daily recreational bag limit, and other restrictions as listed: myfwc.com/marine/lines.htm
SALTWATER - Recreational Fishing
SOME LICENSE EXEMPTIONS
For complete information go to:marinefisheries.org/license.htm
For Fees go to: floridaconservation.org/license
Q: From what sources is the Parks and Recreation Department funded?
A: The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department receives funding through a myriad
of sources including:
- General Fund county taxes
- Special Board of County Commission appropriations for designated purposes.
- Voter approved taxes such as:
- Beach & Riverfront Acquisition Program
- Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
- MSTUs (Municipal Service Taxing Units, such as the one in Port St. John that is
funding the development of facilities at Port St. John Community Center, Space Coast
Community Sports Complex, and Fay Lake Wilderness Park)
- Special recreation taxes such as the Recreation Tax District in Cocoa/Rockledge
- Referendums, such as the three referendums approved in the November 2000 election
for North Brevard, Merritt Island, and South Brevard
- Funding from various municipalities for services performed in those cities
- Funding from cities for joint projects
- Florida Department of State funds through grants and legislative appropriations
- Federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant
- Grants from other agencies
- Revenues from services and facilities, such as the Campgrounds, Golf Courses, facility
rentals, class and event fees
- Occasional donations
Besides monetary funding, the Department receives valuable services and cost saving
measures such as joint-use of facilities with the Brevard County School Board, Brevard
Community College, and volunteer services from
organizations and individuals.
Q: Is there a public gun range for rifle and pistol target practice?
A: Yes, there is a gun range west of Titusville and Mims managed by the Titusville
Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. It is located south of State Road 46 off
of Hatbill Road.
From I-95 go 4 miles west on SR 46, then go south on Hatbill Road ½ mile
to where pavement ends, turn left into the gun range.
Q: Are there horse trails in any of the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department
parks and sanctuaries, and does the Parks and Recreation Department have horses
for rent for trail riding?
A: Yes, there are horse trails in designated parks and sanctuaries managed by the Department,
but the Department does not rent horses.
Parks and sanctuaries with horseback riding trails include:
More information on EEL conservation areas and sanctuaries in the EEL Program Sanctuary Recreation Guide.
Equestrian sites are also elements of Referendum Projects for proposed development in North Brevard and Palm Bay Regional Park in South Brevard.
Horse rental services are listed on local business web directories (such listings may not be complete).
Visit our Equestrian web page for more information.
Q: What kind of employment opportunities are available in the Parks and Recreation Department?
A: The Parks and Recreation Department has many permanent, part-time permanent, and
seasonal job descriptions on file at the Human Resource Department, and current job listings can be viewed at Brevard County Open Jobs Listings website.
JOBLINE Number: 633-2032
This number operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides information on current
job openings. Listings are updated each week.
For contractual, seasonal, and volunteer positions you can inquire at Area Parks
Operations Offices listed here and on our
North Area 321-264-5105
Central Area-Mainland 321-633-1874
Central Area-MI/Beaches 321-455-1380
South Area 321-255-4400
[Note: For Ocean Lifeguard information contact the
Public Safety Department-Ocean Lifeguard Program:
321-633-2056 or 321-868-1145.
For information about golf course personnel and volunteer opportunities at the Golf
THE HABITAT at Valkaria Golf Course Pro Shop: 321-952-6312
THE SAVANNAHS Golf Course in Merritt Island Pro Shop: 321-455-1375
SPESSARD HOLLAND Golf Course in Melbourne Beach Pro Shop:
Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Volunteer Opportunities are also availabale.
More information about that program is available at: www.eelbrevard.com
Q: Do you have information about your department and about Brevard County available
for Parks and Recreation professionals considering relocating to Florida?
A: For the Parks & Recreation Career Minded -- a brochure including photos and
details about the Parks & Recreation Department and Brevard County demographics
and services can be downloaded (5MB PDF viewable
in Acrobat Reader)
Q: Do you have any opportunities to buy or sponsor a place in a park to honor the loss
of a loved one?
A: Yes, we have a Memorial Tree Program in conjunction with Keep Brevard
Beautiful. You will find details at the Keep Brevard Beautiful website. People like the Tree program
because trees tend to be more durable than park benches and speak about the regeneration
The trees are planted in our parks. You could contact an Area Office directly for
details on a planting location. Ask for the Parks Maintenance Superintendent.
North Area Parks Operations
475 North Williams Avenue,
Titusville, FL 32796
Central Area Parks Operations Mainland
840 Forrest Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922
Central Area Parks Operations Merritt Island/Beaches
951 Kiwanis Island Park Road
Merritt Island, FL 32953
South Area Parks Operations
1515 Sarno Road, Building B
Melbourne, FL 32935
Q: When are the parks, athletic facilities and boat ramps open?
A: Unless designated otherwise, Brevard County Parks open just after sunrise and close
Parks with Community Centers and Athletic Facilities are open after dark for scheduled
activities. Operating hours for Community Centers and Nature Centers may be obtained
by contacting the specific facility.
Boat Ramps are open 24 hours a day.
For further information or for reservations for events at Brevard County parks,
call the related Parks Operations Office.
Q: Generally speaking, can you provide me with the rules for parks and beaches in Brevard
A: You will find the Parks Ordinance, as well as
Facility Use information for parks managed by
Brevard County Parks and Recreation by
clicking here. And, some helpful information about Beaches by clicking here.
That said, the Ordinance for our Department is specifically for parks managed by
our Department. And, any County "Ordinance" may reference a waiver under certain
conditions, or specific activities allowed by a "permitting process" by our Department
or other local jurisdiction.
City Parks can have different rules, and
on the general beach front in front of a hotel, they can be different if a hotel
has obtained a permit for a particular activity. There are "Rules Signs" posted
at entrances to parks and dune crossovers, but these rules, again, can vary depending
So, it is difficult to answer your question without having a good idea of where
and what kind of activity you are planning. We don't mean to be evasive or pass
the buck, it’s just that the more you can narrow down your plans, the easier it
is to provide you with accurate information.
Finally, if you think a park you are interested in finding rules for is managed
by a City, you can find listings for City parks here
Q: Our group is planning a festive event and picnic, what are the guidelines we need
to know to schedule our event in a Brevard County Park?
A: General details on facility rentals and event planning are available by clicking here. For specific guidance about the park
you would like to hold your event at, contact the Area Office that manages the park
Q: We are planning our wedding and are interested in having it in a park. Can you tell
us which parks we would be able to have a ceremony at?
A: First, since we have over a hundred parks located countywide, it would be good to
narrow down what type of site you prefer. Parks are listed at our web site by Area:
North, Central Mainland, Central Merritt Island/Beaches, South Area. Each park has
a narrative describing facilities and some physical features that may help you decide.
Some suggestions for selecting a park:
If most of your guests are in the Melbourne/Palm Bay area, then South Area parks
may be the place to start.
Or if you prefer to be on the waterfront, then you could look at beach and river
Number of guests would be another consideration — if you are having a hundred
or more guests, then parks with large pavilions and plenty of parking would be deciding
Click for park listings.
Listed below are some parks that have been used for weddings
and receptions. If you don't find one here, keep looking through the Area Parks
listings, there are other parks you may find suitable.
For more information about any of these parks and to reserve a meeting room or pavilion,
you can call the appropriate Area Office at the number indicated (except for a few
facilities such as Veterans Memorial Park in Merritt Island, and Gibson Complex
in Titusville, where the number to call is specifically listed). You can also review
Park Ordinances and download a Facility Use Permit
NORTH AREA — 321-264-5105
- Cuyler Park Community Center
- Fay Lake Wilderness Park (lakefront, pavilion)
- Fox Lake Park (large pavilion)
- Port St. John Community Center
- Sand Point Park (riverfront, pavilion)
- Tom Statham Park (river - has meeting room that can be rented)
CENTRAL AREA - Mainland
- F. Burton Smith Regional Park (small lake - large pavilion & lots of parking)
- Taylor Park Rockledge (landscaped, pavilion)
CENTRAL AREA - MI/BEACHES
- Cherie Down (beach)
- Kiwanis Island Park (riverfront - large pavilion & lots of parking)
- Lori Wilson (beach, pavilion)
- Osteen Park (riverfront, pavilion)
- Rotary Park - Merritt Island (pavilion)
- Woody Simpson Park Community Center
- Veterans Memorial (riverfront boardwalk attached to nice meeting room, lots of parking—For
activity and facility rental information, contact the Brevard Veterans Council at
SOUTH AREA — 321-255-4400
- Fisherman’s Landing (riverfront, pavilion)
- Lake Washington Park (lakefront, pavilion)
- Melbourne Riverview Park (river, pavilion)
- Pineda Landing
POW/MIA Community Center
- Rotary Park at Suntree (riverfront - parking limited)
- South Mainland Community Center - Micco
- Spessard Holland Beach Parks
- Wickham Park (pavilions, lots of parking)
- Viera Regional Park Community Center
Q: We have a wheel chair bound family member who would like to join us at the beach.
Is there a beach park where we can access the beach with a wheel chair?
A: Their are crossovers at the following Brevard County beach parks that accommodate
wheel chair access to the beach:
- Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach
- Canova Beach Park
- Howard E. Futch Memorial
- Spessard Holland Beach Park-South
- Coconut Point Park Bonsteel Park