High school facilities to open to public Wednesdays during summer


Even though school will be out this summer, the St. Johns County School District has announced that it will be allowing the use of high school facilities to the public at certain days and times during the summer.

As part of the announced program, certain Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. will allow for public high school in the county to open their track, tennis courts and outdoor basketball courts to the public for during those two-hour periods.

The program is part of the school board’s continued push to put the community’s health and wellness initiative at the forefront by offering residents an additional place to go to get exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle during the summer months.

The specific days the facilities will be open include every Wednesday in June and July with the lone exception being July 5, due to its proximity to the Independence Day holiday.

Facilities on campus that will remain closed to the public are baseball/softball fields, batting cages, gymnasiums, and stadium fields or multi-purpose fields. 

Although the stadium is open to public use, there will be rules in place, as the facilities will not be open to host any organized practices or games.

Any sport-sponsored or fee-based training will also not be permitted to take place on the grounds.

People will not be able to bring their pets with them property and all other school board policies will apply during that time as well.

All facilities and campuses will be opened at 6 p.m. on the designated Wednesdays and locked at 8 p.m.

Having the facilities open from 6-8 p.m. will also give people time to get home from work and still have time to use the facilities, while also being late in the day so that the heat is not as overwhelming.

The high schools where facilities will be opened will be Ponte Vedra, Nease, Bartram Trail, Beachside, Creekside, Tocoi Creek, St. Augustine and Pedro Menendez.


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