Parks & Beaches

Two Upper Keys Little League players throw a ball to each other on the newly refurbished clay

Our Mission

To provide quality parks, beaches, facilities, amenities, and services to meet the recreation needs of the entire Keys Community by utilizing the resources of our team, volunteers, and partners. We create opportunities to enjoy life, explore nature, and energize your health.

Enjoy, Explore, Energize

Update at Higgs Beach from Hurricane Ian

Higgs Beach Playground:

A contract was signed with the contractor and they have delivered all the supplies to us. We are waiting for a start date and will update as soon as we get it. We apologize for any inconvenience. 


Tennis/Pickleball Courts:

Fence replacement and resurfacing is scheduled to begin February 15, 2024. The courts are scheduled to be closed for construction for tentatively 30 days. We will add temporary pickleball courts at Bay Point Park during this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please check our page for updates.

Other repairs:

Dog parks, pier, fence, deck, and more are currently being planned.


“We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience,” said Parks and Beaches Director John Allen. “The most important thing is to make sure the little ones are safe when playing on the playground equipment and we are working as diligently as possible to progress the repairs and replacements at the beach.”

Florida Dept. of Health Health Beaches Program

The Florida Dept. of Health monitors the water quality at public beaches in Monroe County. The results of Monroe County owned and maintained, and other public beaches within Monroe County can be found on the following website.

  1. Parks & Beaches

  2. Headshot of John Allen, Monroe County Director of Parks and Beaches

    John Allen

    Director of Parks & Beaches

  3. Erika Nodal

    Executive Assistant

  4. Kirrin Peart

    Sr. Recreation Team Leader, Upper Keys