GENERAL PARK INFORMATION
ABANDONED BOATS AND TRAILERS
Boats that wash up on shore or are abandoned in the park, as well as trailers abandoned in the parking lots are subject to removal or salvage. Once an abandoned boat and/or trailer are identified, Palm Beach County Sheriffs will be notified. Sheriffs will tag the equipment as per their procedures. If the equipment has serial numbers/registration, an effort will be made to identify and contact the owner. If not, the equipment will be removed and safely stored until County policies allow for disposal.
ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED IN ALL AREAS OF THE PARK
It is prohibited to solicit or conduct commercial business on or from park property unless previously authorized in writing by the County. Commercial fishermen are permitted to use the park to launch or retrieve their vessels. Businesses such as dive boats, water taxi services, etc. that would result in increased traffic flow in the park are prohibited with the exception of those permitted by contract with the County.
Kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkeling gear may be rented in the park. Guided snorkeling tours and paddleboard lessons are also available. For more information, call (561) 839-5130. Little Deeper Charters offers dive trips at variable depths departing from Phil Foster Park on most days. For more information, call (561) 436-5299. Scuba diving lessons are also available.
Park Rangers and Palm Beach County Sheriff staff are frequently stationed in the park for the protection and safety of visitors. In the event of an emergency or other serious enforcement or safety related situation, please contact these individuals or call 911.
Diving is permitted from sunrise to sunset outside of the guarded swimming area. For information on how to obtain a permit for group night dives, call (561) 963-6707. Little Deeper Charters offers dive trips at variable depths departing from Phil Foster Park on most days. For more information, call (561) 436-5299. Scuba diving lessons are also available.
The park is an excellent location for anglers to test their saltwater skills in the beautiful waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon. Fishing is permitted in several locations including a large pier and two smaller fishing platforms located on the west side of the park. Fishing is prohibited in the designated swimming area, boat ramps and docks.
Fish Cleaning is only permitted at the four authorized fish cleaning stations located on the fishing pier and along the bulkhead. It is the responsibility of the fisherman to clean up and properly dispose all fish remains.
LOST AND FOUND
Personal property lost or abandoned in the park will be turned in to the office for temporary storage. Wherever possible, every effort will be made to identify and contact owners. Items not claimed in 30 days will be disposed of as trash or donated to an appropriate community service agency.
No person shall make such loud, excessive, unnecessary noise so as to create a nuisance. Noise is considered a nuisance where it produces actual physical discomfort or annoyance to persons of ordinary sensibilities.
Due to site constraints, there are a limited amount of spaces available in the park including 127 boat/trailer parking spaces and 206 regular parking spaces. Boat/trailer parking spaces are reserved for the exclusive use of tow vehicles with boat trailers. Vehicles not towing a trailer are required to use the regular parking spaces. Trailers are not permitted to be parked in the regular parking spaces.
- After hours parking
Boat trailer and tow vehicle parking is permitted overnight (24-hour period only). Boaters requiring more extended stay periods must utilize alternate parking location.
Once the facility reaches capacity, enforcement staff will temporarily close access to the park and direct prospective patrons to other locations. For safety reasons, vehicles will not be permitted to queue up at the park entrance to wait for the facility to reopen. When enough vehicles vacate the site, enforcement staff will reopen access. NOTE: When the parking area reaches capacity, the Concessionaire will continue to be permitted to run their shuttle service in/out of the park.
Domesticated animals are permitted in designated areas but must be restrained at all times at a distance not greater than six (6) feet from their handler. Handlers are required to clean up and properly dispose of any waste produced by their animals.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS
Feeding animals is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Department Director.
SNORKELING (see below)
The park offers a unique, year-round opportunity for swimming in the Intracoastal Waterway. A guarded swimming area provides easy water access for people of all ages. The adjacent beach lies in the shadow of the Blue Heron Boulevard bridge and offers the perfect opportunity to cool off from the hot sun! Swimming is prohibited outside the designated swimming area including from all docks, piers, bulkheads and boat ramps.
Phil Foster Park is open for public use from sunrise to sunset with the exception of the boat ramps that are open to the public 24-Hours a day. After hours, the only patrons permitted in the park are those launching or retrieving their vessel from the boat ramps. All others in the park after hours will be considered trespassing and subject to enforcement action.
SNORKELING AND SCUBA DIVING
UNDERWATER SNORKELING TRAIL
The Blue Heron Bridge area is internationally recognized by scientists, scuba divers, underwater photographers, and snorkelers for its abundance of unique marine life. Squid, octopus, spotted rays, and starfish are regularly seen. A snorkel trail made of limestone boulders and prefabricated reef modules spans a two-acre area in 6 to 10 feet of water. 600 tons of rock were used to build this artificial reef!
HARVESTING OF TROPICAL FISH
The recreational harvesting of tropical fish from the Blue Heron Bridge area is strongly discouraged. Snorkelers and divers are encouraged to enjoy the park's exceptional and extraordinary resource and help preserve tropical fish and marine life for others to enjoy.
- There are no local regulations against recreational harvesting of tropical fish; however, a proper saltwater fishing license is required, and regulations established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) must be followed. These regulations include the limits of various species that can be taken, as well as the means in which they can be harvested.
- Use of knives or spear guns to capture fish in County park waters is not permitted.
(Palm Beach County either owns or has management rights for most of the submerged area around the Blue Heron Bridge.)
- Commercial activity, including the harvesting of tropical fish, is not permitted within County park property unless authorized by the Director or Assistant Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. No commercial harvesting of tropical fish is currently authorized.
BOAT LAUNCHING RAMPS - Boat Trailer Parking Permit
The park features two boat ramps that are provided for the short-term use of park patrons. Ramps are for launching and retrieving only. Due to the popularity of the facility, boaters are asked to only utilize the ramps as long as it is necessary to complete their business. Vehicles and trailers should be moved as quickly as possible from the loading area of the boat ramp. To assist with the launching and landing process, day docks are available for loading and unloading passengers and gear. When preparing for a launch, please use the temporary staging area provided in the parking lot. This will enable you to expedite the launching of your vessel.
Docks are provided in multiple locations for the short-term use of park patrons. Due to the popularity of the park, boaters are asked to only utilize docks as long as it is necessary to complete their business. The docks located on the east-side of the park adjacent to the boat ramps are designated as a temporary loading and unloading zone. For everyone's convenience, the maximum time you are permitted to use these docks is 10 minutes. Two sets of docks are located on the north-side of the park. The northeast dock has been designated for the exclusive use of the park's Recreational Water Sports Rental Concession and Water Taxi service. The northwest dock is available for daytime use by park visitors. At sunset, boaters are asked to remove their vessels from this dock.
NON-MOTORIZED VESSEL LAUNCHING
The park has designated a section of beach on the southwest corner of the park for launching and retrieving non-motorized vessels. This area is the only location authorized for this activity.
Boat ramps and the adjacent docks are available for launching and retrieving vessels 24-hours a day. However, no person shall dock and remain on or in any vessel moored at the docks between sunset and sunrise.
Motorized vessels are only permitted to launch or land at the two boat ramps located on the east side of the park. Non-motorized vessels may launch or land from the designated site located on the beach on the southwest corner of the park.
Vessels are not to be operated through any designated public swimming area. For the safety of the public, as well as protection for the local manatee population, boaters are asked to observe the operating speeds established for the Boating Safety Zones located throughout the Lake Worth Lagoon.
Phil Foster was considered a "pioneer" citizen in Riviera Beach. He was the owner of one of the area's first tourist courts. He lived in the area for 32 years prior to his death in 1917. The park was opened and dedicated in his memory in January 1953.