Parks Status

10.13.17: Three More Keys State Parks Open

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service today announced that three additional state parks in the Keys have reopened. Amenities and access to certain areas of the parks may be limited as park staff continue cleanup efforts.

The following parks have reopened for day use:

•   Curry Hammock State Park

•   Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

•   John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The following state parks and trails in the Keys also are open for visitors to enjoy:

•  Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

•  The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail – due to conditions and construction, sections of the trail may be closed.

•  Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

•  San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park

•  Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

The following parks remain closed indefinitely:

•  Bahia Honda State Park

• Long Key State Park

• Indian Key Historic State Park

 

10.10.17: Two More Monroe County Parks Reopen to Visitors

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service announced that two additional state parks in Monroe County have reopened following the impacts of Hurricane Irma, joining three other state parks and trails in the Keys that are currently open for visitors.

Amenities and access to certain areas of the parks may be limited as park staff continue cleanup efforts.

The following parks have reopened for day use:

•  Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
•   Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

The following state parks and trails in the Keys are also open for visitors to enjoy:

•  The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail — due to conditions and construction, sections of the trail may be closed.
•   San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park
•   Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

 

10.6.17: Most Monroe County Parks Remain Closed

Most of Monroe County’s parks, boat ramps and museums from Key Largo to Key West sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Irma. While most remain closed to the public, below is additional information regarding the status of various facilities:

KEY WEST

Higgs Beach: Will reopen Saturday, Oct. 7. The restrooms will close at sunset until further notice. Higgs Beach’s Reynolds Street Pier will remain closed to the public as parts of the pier need to be rebuilt. While the storm caused mounds of sand to be pushed onto the tennis courts and streets, the sand that was salvageable was returned to the beach. Unfortunately, some of that sand was swept into the water by recent king tides.

Handrails along the seawalls were destroyed and will take time to be replaced. Beachgoers are asked to not use the seawall steps and to be mindful of the rocks that are no longer covered by sand.

Two pavilions in the dog park and one pavilion on the beach were not salvageable and have been removed.

West Martello Tower: The museum and garden that is owned by Monroe County and operated by the Key West Garden Club will remain closed until further notice. The museum, which is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, suffered significant damage to large trees, landscaping and the structure.

East Martello Museum: May open as early as Sunday and we will post additional updates as they become available. 

Key West Pine Park: Closed.

Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters: Opened Friday, Oct. 6, with limited hours until further notice.

LOWER KEYS

Big Coppitt Volunteer Fire Department Park: Closed.

Wilhelmina Harvey Park, Big Coppitt Key: Closed.

Big Pine Key Community Park: Closed.

Blue Heron Park, Big Pine Key: Closed.

Bay Point Park, Saddlebunch Key. Closed.

Watson Field Park, Big Pine Key: Closed.

 

MIDDLE KEYS

Pigeon Key. Closed indefinitely. All of the structures on the island sustained some level of damage. A full effort to stabilize and restore all historic structures is being made and the project will take several months.

Veterans Memorial Park, Little Duck Key: Closed. Sustained severe damage to its pavilions and has not been cleared to re-open.

 

UPPER KEYS

Friendship Park, Key Largo: Closed until playground can pass safety inspection.

Key Largo Community Park: Pool is open, but rest of the park is closed until further notice.

Murray E. Nelson Park, Key Largo: Open

Rowell’s Waterfront Park, Key Largo: Closed as the park is being used as a temporary debris collection site.

Sunset Point Park with boat ramp, 20 Sunset Drive, Key Largo: Open

Old Settlers Park, Tavernier: Closed.

Burr Beach/Park, Tavernier: Closed.

Harry Harris Park, Tavernier: Closed indefinitely.

 

 

10.2.17: National Parks Status
Dry Tortugas National Park – OPEN

• Dry Tortugas National Park is open to all park visitors. Some small closures exist throughout the park.

• A structural engineer is being coordinated to assess the moat wall.

• A local dive team will conduct damage assessments for natural and cultural resources including coral and shipwrecks this week.

 

Everglades National Park – PARTIALLY OPEN

• The Homestead visitor entrance is from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, providing visitor access to the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

• Clearing operations continue along the main road toward Flamingo. The road is open to Mahogany.

• The park will close at night for safety and security purposes.

• Saw crews continue clearing debris in the Mahogany Hammock, Flamingo, Shark Valley, and Gulf Coast areas.

• Park boat operators continue marking underwater debris in the Gulf Coast District.

• Park utilities crews are working on restoring water and sewage treatment plants including the lift station. Currently, restrooms and water are available only at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center.

• All other areas of the park remain closed including Flamingo, Shark Valley, and Gulf Coast.

 

A full list of affected parks and updates on the status of those parks can be found at http://go.nps.gov/irma

 

 

9-30-17: While most of Florida’s more than 170 state parks are now open, the nine state parks in Monroe County remain closed while damage is repaired and debris is cleaned up.

Closed Keys parks include:

• Bahia Honda State Park

• Curry Hammock State Park

• Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

• Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

• Indian Key Historic State Park

• John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

• Ligumvitae Key Botanical State Park

• Long Key State Park

• Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

 

9.25.17: Dry Tortugas National Park opened Monday, Sept. 25.

Most areas of the park, including the campground will be open with limited activities and a partial closure of the moat wall.

Ferry operations from Key West will resume Oct. 28.

Everglades National Park Remains Partially Closed
Terrestrial areas of the park remain closed. Park waters are open, including use by commercial permit holders of Everglades National Park.