Park 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.

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

Check this page for updates on other closures.

Park closed due to flooding damage

Dead River Conservation Park is closed due to road damage caused by flooding. At this time we do not know when we will be able to repair the road and re-open the park. For more information and updates, please call the park office at (813) 987-6211.

Flooding closure

The main road leading to the back of the park is closed due to flooding. Access to the back of the park can be gained by an alternate entrance located at 17123 Whirley Rd. For more information and updates, please call the park office at (813) 264-3806.

Flooding affecting boardwalk, canoe, kayak and shelter rentals

Because of the changing water levels the status of the boardwalk, canoe/kayak rentals, and the list of shelters available for rental or utilization can change without further notice. The amenities may close and the services may suspend at any time due to safety concerns about flood waters. For more information and updates, please call the park office at (813) 987-6204.

Portions closed

Some portions of the off road trails may be closed due to wet conditions.

Park closed

The Northwest Equestrian Park will be closed beginning Monday August 12, 2019 for clearing, grubbing, and excavation as part of a wetlands mitigation work supporting the Citrus Park Drive extension project. The initial phase of the project should be completed by the end of October and the area should reopen on a limited basis during the final restoration work.

Wastewater consolidation project temporary closure

  • Beginning Wednesday, July 3, a short section of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail will be temporarily closed across Channel A above the trail's pedestrian path that runs underneath Sheldon Road
  • Construction will be taking place in this section of the trail through the fall
  • Trail users will need to access the Upper Tampa Bay Trail via the signalized pedestrian crossing on Sheldon Road

Pipeline installation is part of the first phase of a Hillsborough County Public Utilities project to retire and remove the aging River Oaks Wastewater Treatment Plant located at the corner of Sheldon Road and Waters Avenue. Additional information about the project is available at

Questions about the project may be directed to Citizen Engagement at (813) 272-5275. Para información, llame al (813) 272-5275. For Hearing/Voice impaired please call 711.