Special Events and Activities

Islamorada, Village of Islands

Founders Park

December 2022 Programs and Activities at Founders Park

Come see the 2022 Holiday Lights Display! Drive through Founders Park and Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina MM87 and the Hurricane Monument MM81! Now through January 1st, 2023!

Pool and Office Holiday Hours:
Saturday, December 24th:            10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, December 25th:               CLOSED
Monday, December 26th:             10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday, December 31st:            10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, January 1st:                       10:00am – 5:00pm

Holiday Fest:
Friday, December 2nd from 4pm – 10pm at the Beach. Hosted by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Founders Park. Come enjoy our parade, snow mountain, crafts, music, and food! Contact Judy Hull at 305-664-4503 for more information

Islamorada Nature Walks and Talks:
Join Keys Naturalist Susan Kolterman on Tuesday, December 6th at Green Turtle Hammock Preserve MM 81.2, and Monday, December 19th at Windley Key Geological State Mark MM 84.9 (Additional Park Entrance Fees $2.50 to be paid at Windley Key) from 8:30am-10:00am. $8.00 per person. Enjoy a walk in one of Islamorada’s Nature Parks and talk about the flora and fauna of the Florida Keys, as well as butterfly and bird traits! Pre-registration required, call or stop into the Park Office to reserve your spot in class! 305-853-1685

Wild Coffee Nature Lecture Series:
December 14th from 8:30 to 10:00am located at the Founders Park Community Center. $10.00 per person. A new monthly nature lecture series with Florida Keys Naturalist Susan Kolterman on Flora and Fauna, Birds, Butterflies and Gardening in the Florida Keys! Enjoy coffee and refreshments as you learn about this month’s topic: Identifying Keys Trees Through Their Bark, Trunk Appearances and Textures. Pre-registration required. Call or stop into the Founders Park Office to reserve your spot in class! 305-853-1685

Holiday Pickleball Social:
Friday, December 16th 6-7:30pm Round Robin and Games. All Levels welcome! Refreshments and prizes. $20.00 per person. 20 participants maximum. Sign up at the Park Office to reserve your spot. Contact Event Coordinator Lily 305-761-8035 or Pickleball Pro Susie Jannach 954-290-7502 for more information. Check out the Adult Tennis and Pickleball Holiday Camps!

Pops in the Park – Joy to the World:
Saturday, December 10th from 4:00 – 5:00pm at the Founders Park Amphitheater. Featuring Holiday favorites, sing-alongs and a visit from Santa. Special Guest: Burton Bell Ringers.

New! Youth Islamorada Swim Stronger (for ages 11-17):
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5pm with Coach Jennifer Dutton.  5 week and 8 week sessions. Contact keys2swimming@gmail.com for more information.

24 in 24 Endurance Swim Challenge:
December 10-11th at the Ron Levy Aquatic Center. Swim one mile each hour on the hour for 24 hours. Fundraiser for Save Alligator Lighthouse. Sign up online, Contact keys2swimming@gmail.com for more information. Pool will be closed to the public during this event.

On Your Toes Holiday Dance Recital:
Tuesday, December 13th at the Founders Park Amphitheater. Come enjoy the holiday spirit brought to you by our local dance studio! Contact 305-852-3818 for more information.

College Swim & Dive Teams begin winter training at the Ron Levy Aquatic Center from December through January. Pick up a Weekly Pool Schedule in the Park Office for more information.

Ongoing Programs:

Swim Stronger (adults 18+) Swim Program:
with Coach Jennifer Dutton! Suitable for triathletes, open water swimmers, competitive swimmers and lap swimmers who wish to improve their technique, cardiovascular conditioning, and endurance. All fitness levels welcome! Email Keys2swimming@gmail.com . Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays 6:00am & 7:30am, and Saturdays 8:00-9:30am

AquaFit Water Aerobics:
Join Certified Aqua Fitness Instructors Ken, Paula, & Pat for a fun filled class that includes Cardio, Strength Training, Stretching, Balance & Equilibrium, Increased Stamina, Muscular Endurance, and Improved Range of Motion. Classes are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00am-10:00am. 40 participants maximum. First come, first “splashed! Contact Instructor Ken Schryver at 305-942-8005 or Paula Friedman at 773-860-8384 for more information.

Swim Lessons:
Private lessons available by appointment only. Contact Instructor Colleen Hammon at 305-393-2513 for more information.

Synchro Sirens Synchronized Swim Club:
A multidisciplinary program that is designed to help young athletes develop into competing synchronized swimmers. Coach Isla Crawford at 856-473-4752 for more information.

Springboard Diving Lessons:
Students develop strength, flexibility, and confidence, while learning how to dive from springboards in safe progressions and a fun environment! Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5pm, Saturdays 9:30-11:00am. Contact Coach Kelly Kater at 215-622-6841 for more information.

Florida Keys Swim Club:
Our Youth Competitive Swim Program! Practices are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5:45-6:45am and 4pm-7pm. Contact Coach Jon Olsen 305-393-5855 or Abbie Kelley at 305-522-1120 for more information.

Tiki Tennis Program:
From beginners to advanced players, Tiki Tennis offers private lessons, clinics, bootcamps and Pickleball clinics & leagues! Contact Tennis Pros Susie Jannach 954-290-7502 or Greg Pearson 517-285-5693 for more information.

Pickleball Programs:
Pickleball 101 and 201 clinics on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Junior Pickleball on Tuesday afternoons. Contact Pickleball Pro: Susie Jannach 954-290-7502 for private lessons and clinics.

Plantation Key Fitness Program:
Get your fitness on with Instructor Heather Head! Classes include Beach Zumba, Beach Yoga, Beach Body Blast, Gentle Beach Yoga, Chair Yoga Dance and Intro to SUP yoga! Contact Heather Head at 305-304-6880 for more information.

Founders Freediving Program:
Two-day course on the fundamentals of the FII education system in an easy-to-learn course format between classroom, pool and open water setting. With a high emphasis on freedive safety training and technique development, students master the proper skills to effectively freedive up to depths of 66 feet/20 meters. Participants must be 16 years or older. Contact Certified instructor Mike Walsh at 305-394-5690 or mike@othersideboardsports.com for more information and registration.


For more information contact the Park Office at 305-853-1685

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