Looking for a place to hang out, play tennis, bike, or do one of the many other activities that a park can allow? Here are a list of the parks found on our little island of Key West.
Bayview Park – Truman Ave and Jose Marti Dr.
Bayview park is a newly renovated park that houses a softball field, basketball courts, playground area, tennis courts, two pavilions and an open area for picnics and family gatherings. Also housed at Bayview park is the newly opened Boy’s and Girl’s Youth Club where kids can go when school lets out for activities while their parents are at work. The Softball league has two leagues, one which is for women and the other which is Co-ed. These league play Monday through Thursday.
Bill Butler Park – Poorhouse Lane
Open park area with Playground Equipment. Bill Butler park is a neighborhood playground/picnic area for the local kids in the area.
Clayton Sterling Complex – Northside Dr. and Kennedy Dr.
This complex houses four baseball diamonds that has approximately 600 children involved with the season running from February through July with ages ranging from 4 years to 16 year old.
Cozumel Park – 19th Street and Donald Ave.
Cozumel Park is a neighborhood playground area for the local kids in the area. There is also an area for picnics and family gatherings. Directions to park: Travel Northside Drive until to get to Donald Avenue. Turn onto Donald Avenue and go to 19th Terrace. Turn onto 19th Terrace, park is located at end of the street.
Dr. Martin Luther King Community Pool – 300 Catherine Street
The Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center has various areas of Recreation housed in the area. The first being the Community pool that has approximately 40,000 patrons annually and is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also there are two parks, the first being the Willie Ward Park that recently received new playground equipment being donated and picnic areas for the patrons. The second being Nelson English Park that houses outdoor basketball courts and open field area for picnics and family gatherings. The park area is open from sun up to sun down.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park – At the end of Southard Street
Swim, snorkel, or bring a pole and fish off of the beach. Wooded nature trails are a great place to explore and bird watch. Bike along the paths. Take a tour of the Fort. This 54 acre park has picnic tables, grills, and a cafe open 10 am to 5 pm if you don’t feel like cooking it up on your own.
Little Hamaca Park – Government Road
Nature trails through native habitats. Meander over boardwalks and mulched trails through mangrove, transitional, and hardwood hammock communities. See flora and fauna indigenous and endemic to Key West. Bring your binoculars and sunscreen.
Frederick Douglass Gym – 111 Olivia St.
The Frederick Douglass Gym is an indoor basketball court and activity room. Also offered at the gym is a tutorial program that is offered after school Monday through Friday to children in need of after school tutoring. This program is free. There is also a basketball league housed at the gym that runs from December through March and consists of a boys league playing 55 games and a girls league that plays 11 games.
Rest Beach/C.B. Harvey Park – Atlantic Blvd.
There is a newly installed beach front park that has picnic facilities and shoreline for wading and shell searching.
Riggs Wildlife Refuge/Bridle Path – South Roosevelt Blvd.
Observation deck overlooks the historical Salt Ponds.
Rosa Hernandez Softball Field – Northside Dr. and Kennedy Dr.
This complex houses one softball field that has approximately 200 kids from February through May with the ages ranging from 5 yr. old to 14 yr. olds.
Simonton Street Beach – 0 Simonton Street
Simonton Street beach and boat ramp is a small beach that also houses a boat ramp for recreational boats along with restroom facilities.
Smathers Beach – South Roosevelt Blvd.
Smathers Beach is one of four beaches within the City. Smathers Beach being one of the largest and is well known for it’s Spring Breaks for the patrons to hang out and relax. Smathers Beach houses restroom/shower facilities along with volleyball courts, boat ramp and jet ski rentals. Smathers beach has approximately 150,000 patrons annually.
Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park – White Street/Atlantic Blvd.
Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park is a native tree and bird park. Group and individual tours are available with advanced notice. Within the park is the Wildlife Rescue Center that cares for injured wildlife. Key West Wildlife Rescue, wildlife trail and pond, picnic area, and 6 bocce courts are also found here. Play is seasonal; Monday through Thursday evenings.
Wickers Sports Complex – Flagler Ave. and Kennedy Dr.
Softball field: Houses men’s softball with a yearly season consisting of 17 teams and 24 games that are played five days a week with approximately 200 men involved in the league. An over 30 league is played on Sunday mornings with 4 teams playing two games a week. The Over 30 league is also a year round season. Football field: Houses youth football league which runs from August through December.