The City of Melbourne operates and maintains an extensive park system. Over 554.72 acres of city park land including large regional and community parks, neighborhood parks, athletic fields, and special use facilities, are available for the citizen use and enjoyment.
Parks are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. without a permit, or from sunrise to sunset with a permit.
Many of the parks feature picnic areas, pavilions, gazebos, playgrounds, athletic fields, hike and bike trails, and other amenities. The parks systems will continue to conserve open space and natural resources, and provide for the present and future needs of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Melbourne promotes community beautification and urban forestry, and has for more than two decades qualified each year as a Tree City USA participant. An Arbor Day ceremony is held each year. The great value of trees is recognized in the City Code and protections are provided through a permitting process as well as zoning and building regulations. An award program recognizes businesses that make an extra effort to beautify property in Melbourne.