We create opportunities for healthy, happy living!
Palm Beach County's award-winning park system offers the widest possible range of leisure opportunities. Over 8,000 acres of parkland are available to discover. Sports, fitness, environmental, and cultural opportunities abound, as well as restful places for solitude.
Low-cost, often free, Palm Beach County's park system offers an affordable getaway!
Your playtime is our business. And we take it seriously. Professional staff are always planning for your next visit. New facilities accommodate the latest in leisure trends, as well as the always-popular, timeless needs of our growing community. Exciting, educational, and rewarding recreation programs will stimulate your imagination and provide the challenges you're looking for.
Your leisure experience will be accessible, regardless of age or ability. We remove the barriers, whether you're on a playground, at a waterpark, or enjoying a picnic. Do you have a special need? Certified staff are available to assist you.
We don't play games with your safety. High quality construction followed by rigorous inspections and maintenance schedules ensure your visit will be a safe one. Park rangers are nearby to greet and assist you, answer questions, and watch out for your well-being.
- Say good-bye to boredom and the often hectic routine of everyday life.
Looking for a getaway? You'll find it here!
We make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.
To be a nationally recognized parks and recreation leader that connects people and parks by:
Engaging all members of our diverse community,
Ensuring safe, functional and innovative amenities now and in the future,
Continually developing professional, well trained staff that mirrors our community,
Being the premier outdoor recreation destination in South Florida,
Forming strategic relationships to ensure local access to green space,
Exceeding the national average of park land per capita, and
Advancing services through the incorporation of new technologies
Ensure access to beaches and water bodies
Facilitate health and wellness opportunities
Provide for youth enrichment, sports/athletic programming and facilities
Promote stewardship of natural, archaeological and cultural sites
Provide for trails, open space and picnic facilities
The Palm Beach County Parks Department was created in 1951 as a department under the direction of the County Engineers Office. By 1965, the department was managing twelve parks and included a work force of sixty-nine employees. Reorganization in 1972 led to the separation of Parks and Engineering and so the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department was born. The department steadily expanded during the late 1960s and 1970s. During the 1980s and 1990s, responding to Palm Beach County's exploding population growth and its equally exploding demand for leisure services, aggressive expansion efforts were accomplished. Today, the department manages 104 park properties, spanning more than 8,500 acres, including 85 developed regional, district, community, beach, and neighborhood parks.