Parks are plentiful in Cocoa Beach, the city known as the "Friendly Frontier of Space, Recreation, and Quality Living." To help residents and visitors find the right spot for leisure activities, the city is providing this directory and map. Each of the city's 12 recreation facilities is described below. For further information on the Parks (321) 868-3252 or at the following e-mail.
 Cocoa Beach Recreation Complex - Located at the west end of Minutemen Causeway
The recreation complex is a 212-acre community park featuring a
27-hole championship golf course. The complex also includes an
Olympic-sized swimming poll, 10 lighted tennis courts, and a team sports
complex featuring baseball, softball, and soccer fields. The golf course
and racquet club provide full-service pro shops. Golf, tennis, and swim
lessons are also offered. A community center, pavilion, and a new golf
pro shop/restaurant are also part of the complex.
 Alan Shepard Park - Located at the east end of State Road 520
Park is a two-acre, ocean-front park providing picnic,
shower, and restroom facilities for guests. The park was named after
astronaut Alan Shepard and provides an excellent view of space launches.
Facilities include 10 large picnic pavilions, several smaller covered
picnic tables and a bathhouse. More than 300 parking
spaces are available for automobiles and recreational vehicles. The parking fee is $6 for cars
and recreational vehicles.
 Constitution Bicentennial Park - Located on the State Road 520 Causeway, just west of Cape Canaveral Hospital
Constitution Bicentennial Park is a one-acre roadside recreation
site providing boat launch facilities. The park was dedicated in 1988 as
a permanent reminder of the importance of the U. S. Constitution. The
park features 23 car/trailer parking spaces, and four sheltered picnic
 Sidney Fischer Park - Located on the east side of State Road A1A in the central beach area
A 10-acre, ocean-front park, Fischer is a family favorite. The park
is an ideal place for a picnic and a swim in the Atlantic. About 200
parking spaces, picnic pavilions, and recently renovated shower and
restroom facilities are provided. The park was named after Sidney
Fischer, who served as the mayor of Cocoa Beach from 1956 to 1960. The
parking fee is $5 for cars and recreational vehicles.
 Offenhauser Recreation Center - Located on Ramp Road between Brevard Avenue and Sunrise Drive
The Offenhauser Recreation Center, is also known as the Ramp Road
Recreation Center, is a gymnasium that serves as the site of various
classes and league activities. Whether you are interested in basketball
or ballet, the recreation department offers a class for you at this
 Lori Wilson Park - Located south of Sidney Fischer Park in the central beach area
This 20-acre, ocean-front park is
operated by Brevard County. Facilities include restrooms, two pavilions,
a nature boardwalk, a volleyball court, a playground, barbecue grills,
and a 274-space parking lot.
 Ramp Road Park - Located at the west end of Ramp Road
This three-acre neighborhood park provides two boat ramps, picnic
facilities, a fishing dock, and a lighted tennis court. Florida
Sportsman magazine has ranked the park as one of the state's best
fishing spots. The fishing dock and picnic facilities overlook the
beautiful Thousand Islands, which are owned by the city. The city plans
to keep the Thousand Islands in their natural state for future
generations to enjoy. The annual "Paddle Battle" canoe race, which draws
hundreds of participants from throughout the state, starts here each
 Astronaut Memorial Gardens - Located along Volusia Lane between State Road A1A and Ocean Beach Boulevard
This one-acre, walk-through park was dedicated to the 10 astronauts
who have lost their lives in space-related accidents. Residents and
visitors are invited to enjoy the beautiful landscaping.
 Robert P. Murkshe Memorial Park - Located on State Road A1A and 16th Street South
This two-acre, ocean-front park, operated by Brevard County, offers
parking, picnic and shower facilities. The park is named after Robert P.
Murkshe, who served as Cocoa Beach mayor from 1963 to 1972.
 Palmetto Park - Located between Alachua Lane and California Avenue, east of State Road A1A
Palmetto Park is a one-acre park providing two lighted tennis
courts, a children's playground, and a horseshoe pit. Nearby street
parking is available.
 Cocoa Isles Park - Located at Cocoa Isles Boulevard and Samar Road
This half-acre neighborhood park provides a playground for children.
 Cove Park - Located at McNabb Parkway and Dempsey Drive
Cove Park offers a playground, picnic facilities, and barbecue grills. Six on-street parking spaces are located adjacent to the half-acre park.
In addition to the 12 designated recreation sites, the city also provides
forty "stub-end" streets for access to the Atlantic Ocean. Each street has
a dune to cross-over, several metered parking spaces, and a litter barrel.
You are invited to use any of these streets to enjoy a picnic on our fine, sandy beach. However, we ask that you do not bring bottles on the beach, and please remember to use litter barrels when you leave.
Special Recreational Events
Each year in Cocoa Beach we have our share of special recreation events. These events include two surfing festivals (on Easter and Labor Day weekends), the Missileland Invitational Swim Meet, the Paddle Battle Canoe Race, and the Spring into Summer and Fall into Winter 5K runs.
A variety of classes for adults and children are also provided by the recreation department. If you would like more information about any of our facilities, special events or classes, please call our recreation department at (321) 868-3252 or 868-3274. You can also call directly to the tennis club (868-3224), pool (868-3240), golf course (868-3227), golf course restaurant (868-3355), or to the the golf course pro shop (868-3351).