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Green Space: Parks of the Middle Florida Keys

February 24, 2017 Florida Keys Lifestyle

If you’re looking for a place to walk your dog, play some basketball, let the kids play or to just sit and relax for a bit,  Marathon and Key Colony Beach have the parks for you!

Parks in Marathon and Key Colony Beach

All of our Parks are dog friendly, with the exception of the Community Park soccer and baseball fields.  Please keep your dogs leashed and we ask that you please pick up behind them.

City of Marathon

Marathon Community Park

This park is located directly on the Overseas Highway at 200 36th Street Ocean (MM 49). There are four tennis courts, tennis wall, a combination hockey/basketball court (3 courts), two little league fields, and two soccer fields. There’s also a skate park, two shuffleboard courts, two bocce ball courts, a batting cage, a concession stand, an amphitheater, picnic areas and restrooms. This facility is handicap accessible. The park hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Skate Park at Marathon Community Park

The skate park is located on the east end of the City’s Community Park located near 35th Street and is visible from the Highway.   Participants must sign in and out and safety equipment is required.  Unsupervised hours are 7:30 am – 4pm and supervised hours are 4pm – 10pm.

Jesse Hobbs Park

This park is located at the corner of the Overseas Highway and 41st Street on the gulf side. There is a sandy playground and basketball court with lights, as well as bleachers and restrooms. Hours are 7:30 a.m to 10:00 p.m.

Jesse Hobbs Park, Marathon, Florida Keys

Marathon’s Dog Park

This park is located at 7575 Overseas Highway (corner of the Overseas highway and 75th Street ocean side).  This is a three-acre park that has wooden playground of swing sets, lookout towers, Thomas the Train, Captain Hook’s Ship, tunnels, slides, a toy shark, and a toddler only area. There is a large picnic pavilion with tables, as well as picnic tables located throughout the park, and restroom facilities. This is a great place to hold a child’s birthday party. Surrounding the playground is a beautifully landscaped park. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

Marathon’s Dog Park

The area next to the Rotary Children’s Park (between 75th and 76th Streets Oceanside) is designated for your four legged friends’ supervised off-leash dog play. There are separate areas for large and small dogs.  Rules are posted at the park for everyone’s enjoyment of the park. The park is open from 7:30 am until dusk daily.

Oceanfront Park

Oceanfront Park is a 7.94 acre passive park open to the public at no charge. This park is located between 98th and 99th Streets on the ocean side behind City Hall. The field is dog friendly and has an open area to fly kites and exercise. The field borders on the Atlantic Ocean and offers a relaxing place to picnic, fish, and launch your kayak.

Kayak Launch at Oceanfront Park

The launch is located behind City Hall at Oceanfront Park. On the westerly canal, the kayak facility consists of two covered tiki huts linked by a boardwalk, with a ramp down to floating docks which feature two kayak slips for easy launching and access to the Overseas Heritage Paddling Trail. Ample parking is available, including a paved handicapped parking pad.

Sunset Bay Park on Grassy Key

The City of Marathon is filled with natural treasures such as Sunset Bay Park on Grassy Key’s gulfside (Morton Street and Kyle Avenue). Comprised of three lots, the park also has an upland hammock of vegetation. While wandering among the growth several species of palms can be identified. Native species of Gumbo Limbo, Poisonwood, Sea Grape, Mahogany and Mangrove (white, black and red) provide habitat for crabs and songbirds.  White Crown Pigeons make their way in to feed on the Poisonwood berries; Hawks and Vultures patrol the sky; Osprey whistles can pierce the silence or the steady beat of a woodpecker can set the pace for the songs of the Mockingbird and Cardinal. Humming birds flit across and through the undercover checking out the flowering vines of the area.

City of Key Colony Beach

Sunset Beach Park

Sunset Beach Park is located at the end of West Ocean Drive.  This snug beach with picnic tables & benches boasts scenic views  and a tranquil ambiance.  A great place to walk your dog.  The sunset views are fantastic from this park.

Sunset Key, Key Colony Beach

East Side Park

The East Side Park is located at the end of 2nd Street.  It is a great little children's park that has recently been renovated.  It has a play-set with swings and a slide.  There is a tiki hut for shade with a picnic table.

Key Colony Beach Tennis Courts

The tennis courts are located in between 7th and 8th Street.  There are two courts that are fenced in and they also are lit at night.