FAQs

 

What are the hours for county parks? What are the holiday hours?

Daily (including holidays), sunrise - sunset -- unless otherwise noted​ 
Lighted court facilities ope​n until 9:00 p.m.
Lighted, permitted athletic fields​​​ open until 10:00 p.m.​

Can I fly a drone in a county park?
Although County Code, Chapter 21 does restrict the taking off and landing of some aerial apparatus within County-parks, recreational drone operators complying with federal and state requirements may currently operate drones within most County parks. 

The exceptions are those parks where disturbing of wildlife, particularly dense areas of nesting wildlife, is a concern or drone operation poses a public safety hazard. County parks where drones may not be flown are nature centers, associated trails and adjacent wetlands (Green Cay, Daggerwing, and Okeeheelee Nature Centers), Riverbend Park, Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden. 

Although recreational drone operation is encouraged at West Delray Regional Park and Dyer Park, our other regional, beach, and district parks are also an option. Click here to view the list of all county-opertaed parks.

We graciously accept donations of photos and videos taken of county-operated parks. 

Commercial drone photography does require a permit per County Code, Chapter 21.

Can I metal detect on your county parks and the waters surrounding?
Per the Palm Beach County Ordinance below, metal detecting is not allowed in County parks.
  
Sec. 21-20 – Buildings and other property.

(a)
No person shall willfully mark, deface, injure in any way, displace, remove or tamper with any park buildings, bridges, tables, benches, fireplaces, railings, paving, water lines or other public utilities or parts of appurtenances thereof, park signs, notices or placards whether temporary or permanent, monuments, stakes, posts or other boundary markers, or other structures of equipment, facilities or park property or appurtenances whatsoever, either real or personal. 

(b)
No person shall dig, move or remove from any park area any beach sand, soil, rocks, stones, trees, shrubs, whether submerged or not, or plants, down-timber, or other wood or materials, or make any excavation by tool, equipment, or other means, or construct or erect any building or structure of whatever kind, whether permanent or temporary in character, or run or string any public service utility into, upon, or across such land, or affix any materials to any park property, except with the prior written approval of the director. 

(c)
No person shall excavate or remove any artifact from any archeologically sensitive areas with particular concern to Native American burial grounds and living sites. 

(Ord. No. 04-022, § 5, 8-17-04)

However, while metal detecting is not allowed on the park or beach itself, metal detecting in the water is out of our jurisdiction. 

Are model rockets allowed in any county parks?
Model rockets may be used near the RC airfield at Dyer Park. Specifically, the grassy area just southeast of the runway as indicated by the yellow circle on this map

How do I reserve a pavilion in a county park? How do I cancel my reservation?
See Group Pavilion Rental Information. Daily reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance. (Reservation requests for dates further out than 90 days may be accommodated with additional department review and approval. Please note that additional non-refundable fees are applicable for reservation requests more than 90 days). Group pavilion reservations are Rain or Shine. Refunds and reschedules are not offered for inclement weather. Please consider this when determining if a group pavilion venue is appropriate for your event. Please see the Group Pavilion Rental Fee Structure below for refund eligibility.​ ​

Can I take my dog to a county beach park?

Dogs are not allowed on county beaches, with the exception of service dogs as defined by the ADA​.

How do I organize a  beach or park cleanup? How do I participate in a beach or park cleanup?
See Beach/Park CleanupsTo organize your own beach or park cleanup, please complete thePark Improvement Permit Request​ form. Send the completed form to parksvol@pbcgov.org​If you would like to join a pre-established beach or park cleanup, please see our one time event listings page HERE​.

What's the process for hosting a special event at a county park?
See Special EventsIf you are planning a large social or fundraising event in a county park, please contact our Special Events Section at 561-966-7043 for permitting assistance, or e-mail spevents@pbcgov.org.

How do I become a volunteer?
See Volunteer Opportunities. Applying for a long term position is a two part process. After your application is submitted you will receive a confirmation email which will include a link to our background check site. The background check must be completed in order to be considered for a volunteer position.