Jungle Prada Park

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Jungle Prada Park is a world unto itself. Reputedly the landing site of the 600-man Pánfilo de Narváez expedition in 1528, the public portion of the multi-mound site is nestled in a wooded park overlooking Boca Ciega Bay. It's also home to ancient shell mounds from the native Tocobaga people. The site, draped in spanish moss and on the National Register of Historic Places, is also home to wild roaming peacocks. There is a tavern nearby, parking, a fishing pier, and a boat ramp that puts paddlers and boaters into Boca Ciega Bay and a short paddle away from mangrove islands with phenomenal wildlife along the way including dolphins, birds, and the occasional rolling tarpon. Photo: City of St. Petersburg

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 29th, 2020. Suncoast Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 29th, 2020 at 2:10 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Jungle Prada Park is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper is providing additional water quality data on levels of Enterococci bacteria for recreational swimming, fishing, and boating areas in coastal Tampa Bay Counties.

This is part of a monitoring project to support recreational water resource users in these communities in their efforts to obtain accurate and up-to-date water quality information in areas with no official monitoring. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper staff collect the samples and bring them to a local third party water quality analysis company for data reports.

The standards followed are set by the Florida Department of Health, where counts of higher than 70 Enterococci per 100 millilitres of water are considered unsafe for wading, swimming, recreational water activities such as paddling and surfing, and shellfish consumption.

Water is sampled for Enterococci at all sites. Sampling occurs once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday year-round. Results are available 48 hours after samples are collected.

Test results are expressed # of units per 100 millilitres of water.

A beach is marked green (pass) when the sample results are equal or below 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked red(fail) when the sample results are above 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water, according to Florida's water quality guidelines.

Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide websites and apps.

Water Quality Graph

Jungle Prada Park

Saint Petersburg, Florida

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Met water quality standards less than 60% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 29th, 2020. Suncoast Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 29th, 2020 at 2:10 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

Jungle Prada Park is a world unto itself. Reputedly the landing site of the 600-man Pánfilo de Narváez expedition in 1528, the public portion of the multi-mound site is nestled in a wooded park overlooking Boca Ciega Bay. It's also home to ancient shell mounds from the native Tocobaga people. The site, draped in spanish moss and on the National Register of Historic Places, is also home to wild roaming peacocks. There is a tavern nearby, parking, a fishing pier, and a boat ramp that puts paddlers and boaters into Boca Ciega Bay and a short paddle away from mangrove islands with phenomenal wildlife along the way including dolphins, birds, and the occasional rolling tarpon. Photo: City of St. Petersburg

Monitoring Frequency

Jungle Prada Park is sampled monthly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper is providing additional water quality data on levels of Enterococci bacteria for recreational swimming, fishing, and boating areas in coastal Tampa Bay Counties.

This is part of a monitoring project to support recreational water resource users in these communities in their efforts to obtain accurate and up-to-date water quality information in areas with no official monitoring. Tampa Bay Waterkeeper staff collect the samples and bring them to a local third party water quality analysis company for data reports.

The standards followed are set by the Florida Department of Health, where counts of higher than 70 Enterococci per 100 millilitres of water are considered unsafe for wading, swimming, recreational water activities such as paddling and surfing, and shellfish consumption.

Water is sampled for Enterococci at all sites. Sampling occurs once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday year-round. Results are available 48 hours after samples are collected.

Test results are expressed # of units per 100 millilitres of water.

A beach is marked green (pass) when the sample results are equal or below 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked red(fail) when the sample results are above 70 Enterococci / 100 ML water, according to Florida's water quality guidelines.

Results are posted as soon as lab results are available. Results will be communicated through the Swim Guide websites and apps.

Water Quality Graph

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