Park & Trail Closures

Occasionally our parks, or certain sections of our parks, must close due to environmental concerns or construction, or are closed for a national holiday, but due to constantly changing weather conditions some conditions/closures may not be posted on the website.

For the most up-to-date park and trail conditions, please call the park or look for signage at the park.

Holiday closures

All of our conservation and wilderness parks are open on most holidays, but are closed or close early on the following days:

  • Thanksgiving Day - all closed
  • Christmas Eve
    • Veteran's Memorial Park and Dead River Wilderness Park closed
    • All others close at 2 PM
  • Christmas Day - all closed

Park and trail closures

Administrative offices temporarily closed

The Bell Creek Administrative Office located at 10940 McMullen Road in Riverview is temporarily closed for renovations.

During this period passes can be purchased in-person at Conservation Parks Administration Office located at 15502 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 or online.

Construction notice

The area around the water control structure and earthen dam located at the southwest corner of the reservoir, will be closed to the public during construction beginning in March through mid-summer.

If you have any questions about the construction project at Medard Dam and Reservoir, please email the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Structures Operations Manager, Mary Spence or  call (352) 796- 7211 ext. 4515.

Major construction project will cause closures

Due to a major construction project taking place for site improvements and new amenities, the recreation center building will be closed through the fall of 2022. Outside amenities will remain open, but could close from time-to-time due to the construction.

For more information call Jason Mackenzie at (813) 307-1891.

Swimming updates

  • Swim times will be divided into two, four-hour time limits with a maximum capacity of 200 swimmers during each time slot.
  • Time Slot #1: 9 AM - 1 PM
  • Time Slot #2: 2 PM - 6 PM
  • Sanitation of the swim area will occur in between the two time slots.
  • Swim bands will not be sold one hour prior to swimming area closing.
  • Note: Swimming area subject to close due to thunder, lightning, and inclement weather.

Trail temporarily closed

Trail E will be closed until further notice for routine maintenance and installation of new trail connector.

Part of Red Trail temporarily closed

The portion of the red trail connecting Stephen J. Wortham Park to Rhodine Scrub Nature Preserve is currently closed due to a washout. Those wishing to access Rhodine Preserve during this time can use a walk-through gate onto the yellow trail, located at 12560 Rhodine Rd. You will have to park on the side of the road to use this access point.

Temporarily closed for renovations

Summerfield Sports Complex, located at 11942 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview, will be temporarily closed for renovation of the grass fields and construction of the synthetic fields. The closure will start Monday, June 6, with a tentative completion date in late July.

Museum Closed - Park Open

Veterans Memorial Park is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the Rear Admiral Leroy Collins, Jr, Veterans Museum remains closed.

Consumer & Veteran Services staff are available by phone at (813) 635-8316, Monday - Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

Offices open for in-person services