Park & Trail Closures

We have reopened a majority of our nature preserves and boat ramps, along with several conservation parks, as well as all neighborhood parks.

Residents utilizing these parks are required to follow social distancing guidelines. Be aware that portions of the parks still have some restrictions.

Please see our closures and reopenings page for up to date parks information.

Updated parking lot address

The new parking lot for this nature preserve is located at 12098 S. County Road 39 in Lithia and now open and ready for use.

The old parking lot located at the end of Old Welcome Rd. officially closed on August 31st, 2021. The trail map has been updated to show this change.

Announcement
On Monday, 1/17/2022 the below Administrative Offices will be closed in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Flooded sections of trail

Portions of the trail are deeply flooded and may be difficult to hike after heavy rain.

Announcement
On Monday, 1/17/2022 the below Administrative Offices will be closed in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Announcements

  • On 11/19/2021 The Playground will be closed all day due to Turf Repairs from the manufacturer.
  • On 11/25/2021 Thanksgiving Day we will only be open from 7am-5pm.
  • On 12/25/2021 Christmas Day we will be closed all day.

Park open to bicycle and foot traffic, no motorized vehicles

The park is available for walking and biking, but is closed to motorized vehicles due to road damage caused by flooding.

On 1/5/22, staff will be cutting back a major portion of the rose garden to promote new growth and more blooms. The bushes are expected to be back in full bloom by late March 2022.

Restrooms Closed

As of  Jan. 13, 2022, the park's restrooms are out of order until further notice. Port-o-lets will be available soon. For questions, contact Chris Wexler at (813) 781-8070..

Canoe Escape temporarily closed

Canoe Escape will be closed until November 6, 2021 due to unforeseen circumstances. No canoe or kayak rentals will be available at this site. For canoe/kayak rentals please view Canoeing and Kayaking in Hillsborough County.

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.

Flooded sections of trail

Portions of the trail are deeply flooded and may be difficult to hike after heavy rain.

Park updates

  • 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.

Announcement

The biking area is now open. There are still a few trails that are under water. Visitors are asked to avoid those areas where trail closed signs are posted.

Entrance closed to public access for emergency line repairs.

Canoe Escape temporarily closed

Canoe Escape will be closed until November 6, 2021 due to unforeseen circumstances. No canoe or kayak rentals will be available at this site. For canoe/kayak rentals please view Canoeing and Kayaking in Hillsborough County.

Park closed for wetland mitigation project

The Northwest Equestrian Conservation Park is closed for a wetland mitigation project. The scheduled official opening date will be January 17, 2022. For more information and updates, please call the Conservation Parks Administrative Office at (813) 987-6240.

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.

Canoe Escape temporarily closed

Canoe Escape will be closed until November 6, 2021 due to unforeseen circumstances. No canoe or kayak rentals will be available at this site. For canoe/kayak rentals please view Canoeing and Kayaking in Hillsborough County.

Waters Avenue underpass temporarily closed

The Waters Avenue underpass at Channel Park will be closed due to overpass maintenance effective Jan. 12, 2022. Anticipated closure is 2 weeks. The Channel Park crosswalk at Waters Avenue will remain open for trail users.

Museum and Resource Center Closed

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, Hillsborough County Veterans Resource Center and Rear Admiral Leroy Collins, Jr, Veterans Museum are closed. The park remains open.

All appointments and interviews for services offered by Consumer & Veterans Services will be conducted over the phone at (813) 635-8316

Tennis courts temporarily closed for renovation

The Villa Rosa Park tennis courts will be closed from Jan. 10 through mid-March 2022 due to renovations.

Flooded sections of trail

Portions of the trail next to Lake Flynn are deeply flooded. Most of the red trail is not flooded and is accessible for hiking.