The speed limit on U.S. Route 1 is 55 miles per hour. Where it intersects with Suntree Blvd., there is a stoplight. But even if forced to sit at the light, there is no indication of what lies beyond the sign that says ” Rotary Park ” and the winding road next to the sign. Many drivers, annoyed at having to come to a complete stop after going 55 miles per hour, don’t give the sign more than a glance. And that is just fine with local residents.
Rotary Park at Suntree is a 10.36-acre community river park that sits on the shore of the Indian River Lagoon. There is also a Rotary Park at Merritt Island to the north. It is one of the 108 parks that Brevard County Parks and Recreation Dept. owns and maintains. The South Area Operations Office of the Parks and Recreation Dept. oversees reservations and events at Rotary.
What makes Rotary Park at Suntree a gem? It’s secluded location affords Rotary Park a quiet and peaceful alternative to the ‘ rat race’. Also,
- It’s clean and well-maintained.
- All structures, walkways, and stairs are in good, working order.
- The main pavilion provides two large grills as well as two food prep areas with sink and running water.
- There is abundant shade and numerous trees.
- There is 24-hour video surveillance for security.
- The views are breath-taking. Dolphins are seen frequently.
- There are areas for every age group.
- Numerous trash cans are available and not overflowing.
- The riverfront location affords a continuous cool breeze in every part of the park.
- A traffic light at the entrance provides easy access.
- The only noise is the sound of the river lapping at the shore.
The attached slideshow will provide a closer look at this peaceful oasis.
Things to know
- Alcohol: ” In our parks, for instance, you can acquire a Facility Use Permit to hold a function where alcohol is served at a “designated” area, usually a Community Center or pavilion, but not on beaches or on park grounds managed by the Department. “
- Bikes: Can park them, but no trails to ride.
- Boat ramp: There isn’t one and launching one isn’t allowed.
- Bonfires: Not allowed
- Dogs: Park rules say no but no signs were posted stating that fact.
- Fishing: There is a fishing pier with a cover and picnic table.
- Grills: Six smaller pavilions each have one grill and the main pavilion has two large grills.
- Permits: Some of the reasons a permit might be required include alcohol consumption, amplified music, the event will be open to the public, or signs will be posted. There is a fee for the permit.
- Picnic tables: There are two on each of the six small pavilions and the main pavilion can seat 120 at the tables.
- Playground: Well-maintained and clean
- Reservations: Exclusive use of small and large pavilions require reservation. 321-255-4400
- Restrooms: Available in the main pavilion
- Weddings: Absolutely!
- Wheelchair accessible: Yes, boardwalks and ramps provide access to all pavilions and the fishing pier.
- Windsurfing: is allowed, as are kayaks and stand-up paddleboarding.
Rotary Park opens at 7 a.m. and closes at dark.