Parks & Recreation

Bradenton's Department of Public Works & Utilities is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the City’s parks, buildings, medians, and rights-of-ways. Maintenance includes mowing, edging, mulching, tree trimming, plant replacement, and equipment replacement as deemed necessary.

A priority is the continued replacement of existing park and playground equipment.  New equipment incorporates current safety standards.  

Below are some rules regarding the City's parks:

  • All parks are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Riverwalk is open 24 hours a day. The Riverwalk splash pad is active 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days a week (unless otherwise noted on the home page).
  • Alcohol is prohibited in City parks unless there is an approved special event.
  • Dogs are allowed in all parks, but owners must follow City ordinances regarding leashes and pick up of dog waste.

The majority of citizens do need a fishing license, although there are several exceptions. Please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-347-4356 or visit them on the web.

Boat Ramps
Here is a list of boat ramps in the area:

  • Braden River - 3020 Manatee Avenue East in Bradenton
  • Ellenton - 353 Shore Drive in Ellenton
  • Ft. Hamer - 1605 Ft. Hamer Road in Parrish
  • King Fish - 752 Manatee Avenue on Holmes Beach
  • Lake Manatee - 19001 SR 64 E in Bradenton in Lake Manatee State Park
  • Palmetto - 833 Riverside Drive in Palmetto
  • Warners Bayou - 5800 Riverview Blvd. in Bradenton


Please visit our Out and About page to discover other recreational options in our area.