Parks and Recreation

The City of Miami's Parks and Recreation Department strives to create a brighter future with a world class parks system for our community and visitors. We are home to over 147 beautiful parks, totaling more than 1,400 acres, 12 swimming pool facilities, 43 community centers, 4 gymnasiums, the Sandra DeLucca Developmental Center, the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Caribbean Marketplace, a Japanese Garden, the Grapeland Water Park, and the Melreese Golf Course. We also offer services at Virginia Key: mountain bike trails, walking trails, and beaches, as well three natural areas designated as Natural Forest Communities that include a Visitor's Center at Simpson Hammock Park, the Virginia Key 32-acre hammock restoration and interpretive trail, and the hammock at Alice Wainwright Park. 

The Department enriches and inspires the community and visitors by promoting a world class park system that is safe, accessible, and facilitates a healthy and happy quality of life. We are nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and we are proud to deliver quality of life services to all ages through active senior programs, teen engagement programs, services for persons with disabilities, and youth-serving programs through seasonal camps, sports, learn-to-swim, and Science Technology Recreation Engineering Arts and Math (STREAM) programming.

We are focused to restore and enhance the safety and enjoyment of all park patrons and we have something for everyone. Browse our site for more information about programs and facilities for you.

From natural areas to indoor gyms, we have a park for your needs. 

Parks Directory

Are you planning an event in a Park? Tell us about it and we'll reserve it just for you.

Reserve a Park (Parks Permit)

The City of Miami's Parks and Recreation Department has 12 aquatic sites. We have 6 year round pools and 6 seasonal pools. The Aquatics Division is also home to Ocean Rescue section, based out of Virginia Key Beach. Water safety is important to us. Find out more about our Learn-to-Swim classes and pool activities.

Aquatics Page

City of Miami 2022 Lifeguard Training Classes (PDF, 318KB)

Recreation services for persons with special needs is a priority for us. We offer inclusive services for all of our programs. Find out if we can accommodate your needs.

We host a variety of special programs and activities organized by the Sandra DeLucca Developmental Center (SDDC).

Sandra DeLucca Developmental Center

Preserving our natural areas through stewardship and conservation is a daily activity. Find out about our Natural Forest Communities, how you can help to protect these green jewels. We offer volunteer opportunities, education sessions, and tours.

Simpson Park Brochure(PDF, 4MB)

City of Miami Natural Areas

The Little Haiti Cultural Center (LHCC) offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to gain exposure to Afro-Caribbean culture, expand their knowledge of the arts and develop new talents. LHCC is committed to fostering imagination, creativity and positive experiences for children and adults year round.

Little Haiti Cultural Center

The Parks Master Plan will provide strategic and resilient recommendations for the provision of facilities, programs, services, park land acquisitions, and development. The updated plan will allow Miami Parks to satisfy accreditation requirements, align our future decisions in a strategic manner that will identify operational needs based on current assessments. The master plan will assist Miami Parks in a guiding direction to make necessary improvements in regards to how we manage facilities and operations, programming, staffing, administration, and management.

Stay up to date with all events and information for our Parks Master Plan by visiting the official website at: ReImagine Parks Miami

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department. It is a top priority for us to strengthen environmental conservation and educational outreach efforts in partnership with local, state, private, and non-profit organizations. Programs include, but are not limited to:

• Park Beautification (painting, park cleanup, other enhancements)
• Landscaping (mulching, gardening, removing weeds and exotic/invasive plants)
• Conservation (removal of invasive plant species, habitat restoration of natural areas)
• Beach clean ups
• Other

For more information, please fill out the form below:
City of Miami Parks & Recreation Volunteer Request Form

Did you have a ParkStacular interaction with our staff? Tell us about it by nominating that Parks Employee for Employee of the Month

 

Nominate

Accessibility Request Statement

To request material in accessible format, sign language interpreters and/or any accommodations to participate in any City of Miami Parks sponsored program or meeting please call Nadia Arguelles-Goicoechea at (305) 960-4962 or email narguelles@miamigov.com. Please allow 3 business days for sign language interpreting services and 5 business days for any other accommodation request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).