Parks and Recreation

To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city's parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.

Sports Around Town

Get Active in the City of St. Petersburg


The City of St. Petersburg offers a wide variety of sports facilities. If you wish to rent a facility, many are available at competitive prices. Additionally, the Parks and Recreation Department offers classes and leagues in structured and fun settings. Come join your neighbors in a fun, social setting while staying active and physically fit.


Join a team or just swim for fun. It's a great, low impact exercise. You can even swim year round at North Shore Aquatic Complex. Check out all our pool pages.

Basketball - Indoor Courts
TASCO Basketball Game

Open Gym
All participants must show their Driver License or State ID, complete a Hold Harmless Agreement, and have their picture taken at the front office the first time in attendance and subsequently every September. Additionally, all participants must sign in at the front desk when in attendance.

Campbell Park: Monday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Childs Park: Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Frank Pierce: Monday-Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm • Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Gladden Park: Monday-Wednesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm • Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
J.W. Cate: Monday- Friday 9:30 am -2:00pm
Lake Vista: Monday-Thursday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Roberts: Monday-Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm • Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thomas " Jet" Jackson: Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • Wednesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Walter Fuller: Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Willis S. Johns: Monday-Thursday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm • Friday 9:30 am - 11:30 pm

Basketball - Outdoor Courts

The following St. Petersburg parks have outdoor basketball courts:

Bartlett Park / Frank Pierce Rec
Campbell Park
Childs Park
Fossil Park / Willis S. Johns Rec
Gladden Park
Northwest Park / J.W. Cate Rec
Roberts Park
Walter Fuller Park
Wildwood Park

Disc Golf

Operates with golf rules with disc instead of ball and club.

First come - first served. Open 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.

Disc Golf is available at the following St. Petersburg parks:
Azalea Park
Maximo Park

Golf Lessons

The mission of the City of St. Petersburg Golf Courses is to provide outstanding golf courses, programs, and practice facilities to the residents and visitors of St. Petersburg. Tee off today!

Jai Alai

Jai Alia is a fast paced sport involving a ball bounced off a walled space.

Jack Puryear Park


Petanque – (pronounced “pay-tonk”) One of Europe’s most popular outdoor games, is a cousin of both American horseshoes, lawn bowling and Italian ‘bocce’ ball. The aim is to toss, or roll a number of hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden target ball. Players take turns and the team that ends up nearest to the target ball when all balls are played, wins.

Our petanque court is located in the Northwest corner of South Straub Park.


Pickleball – The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is mounted two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and a polymer smaller version of a wiffle ball.

Pickleball is similar to tennis, but with differences. A pickleball ball typically moves at one-third of the average speed of a tennis ball and the court is just under one-third of the total area of a tennis court.

Originally invented as a backyard pastime, pickleball is now an organized sport represented by national and international governing bodies.

Our indoor pickleball courts are located at:
Campbell Park Recreation Center
Roberts Recreation Center: Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, Free
Walter Fuller Recreation Center

Our outdoor pickleball courts are located at:
Crescent Lake Park
Walter Fuller Recreation Center


Azalea Recreation Center

Jack Puryear Park

Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Club

Sunshine Center / Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Club
70 courts for club, district, state and national tournaments.
Ongoing play Mon – Fri.

Friday Night Shuffle at 7 p.m. All ages. Free lessons and play.
(727) 822-2083

Gladden Park Shuffleboard Courts
Bring your own equipment and enjoy free play.

Skate Parks

Open from dawn to 11pm, except during rain.

Fossil Skate Park

Fossil Park Skate Park
Precast concrete skate park. 6 ft. BMX mini ramp, 3 ft. high quarter pipes, 4 ft. quarter high pipes and various grind rails, banks and platforms designed for a wide range of ages and skill levels.

Lake Vista Skate Park
Plaza-style skate course. 8,400 square feet, variety of steps and rails for skaters of all ages and abilities, concrete reinforced edges to accommodate BMX bike riders.

Skaters and bikers register at either park location. Parent or guardian signature required for anyone under 18. A consent form must be completed. ADVANTAGE Membership required. Skaters under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Helmets are mandatory and other protective gear is recommended.

TASCO Basketball Game

The following St. Petersburg parks have outdoor tennis courts:
Azalea Park
Bartlett Park
Campbell Park
Childs Park
Coquina Key Park
Crescent Lake Park
Denver Park
Fossil Park
Lake Vista Park
North Shore Park
Northwest Park
Puryear Park
Walter Fuller
Woodlawn Park
Wildwood Park