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

Some off road trails flooded

Several of Alderman's off road trails are flooded due to recent rains. Guests looking to utilize these trails should exercise extreme caution while conditions continue to dry out.

Partial trail closure due to flooding

The short loop at the end of the yellow trail is currently closed due to flooding. We will provide updates as conditions improve.

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.

Partial parking area closed on October 24 & 25

The east side of the Gandy boat ramp parking area will be closing Thursday at 5 AM in preparation for a multi-jurisdictional training session scheduled to occur on Friday, October 25. During Friday's session, the two east boat ramp lanes and docks will be out of service. The West parking area and ramps will remain open throughout.

Playground closed

The back playground at Lake Park will be closed until January 2020.

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.

Nature Center closed for renovations

The nature center at Upper Tampa Bay will be closed for renovations from October 28th through the remainder of 2019. Canoe and kayak rentals will still be available at the canoe launch area.

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.

Hiking trail closure possible

We may close the hiking trail at any time due to lengthy sections of the trail currently being  underwater or extremely muddy. For trail condition updates text "Wolf Branch Update" to (813) 853-1177.