Join Us at Picnic Land and Let’s Set a World Record!

The best weather has arrived in beautiful St. Petersburg, and there’s nothing like a picnic in the park to celebrate! We invite you to gather your family, friends and neighbors and join us at Flora Wylie Park as we attempt to break the  World Record for the World’s Longest Picnic Blanket!

World Record Attempt

Flora Wylie Park, nestled along the shores of Tampa Bay on North Shore Drive NE, will be the scene of Picnic Land, where a winding row of colorful picnic blankets will be laid end-to-end. Our goal (while we support the Waterfront Parks Foundation) is to have enough blankets to create the world’s longest continuous ribbon of picnic blankets in one place! The entrance fee for four is only $40 and includes a souvenir blanket in the color of your choice. The event, which is co-sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, will offer lots of fun for all ages, including food trucks, professional story tellers, a magician and live music. Best of all for the kids and grandkids, Santa will be a featured guest, complete with his own tent so they can get their Christmas wish list to him at Picnic Land!

Free Blanket with Purchase

You can choose from four blanket colors: blue, pink, green, or orange, which will be placed in individual color sections along the meandering ribbon of blankets, so if your group of friends/family choose blankets of the same color, you will easily be able to find one another and picnic together. 

Optional Food Choices

When you reserve your blanket, you also have the option of preordering a charcuterie platter from Lolita’s Wine Market (with meat, vegetarian or gluten-free). So, you can bring your own picnic baskets, pick up your pre-ordered charcuterie boards or purchase food from your choice of food trucks at the event. All entrance proceeds will benefit the work of the Waterfront Parks Foundation. 

Gather Your Friends

Get your group together and reserve your blankets today at After all, you don’t find a public waterfront treasure like ours in many cities, and we all should take part in celebrating and supporting it. Hopefully, we’ll break a world record in the process! 

Saturday, November 18, 2023
3:00 – 6:00 pm
Flora Wylie Park
St. Petersburg, FL

Kids: Santa Wants to See YOU at Picnic Land!

Hi, kids! 
Here at the North Pole, we’re busy gearing up for Christmas, and this year, I want to hear from as many of you IN PERSON as I can. So, I’m happy to tell you that the Waterfront Parks Foundation has graciously invited me to spend the afternoon on my throne at Flora Wylie Park on Saturday, November 18th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Picnic Land! 

Be sure to tell your parents to go to and reserve a blanket or two for your family. I’ll be waiting to hear all about how you’ve been this past year, and what you hope I can pack in my bag for you! 

Now, start getting your lists ready, and be on your best behavior until then!

I look forward to seeing all of you at Picnic Land. 

WPF: Celebrating 11 Years in Support of the Parks

Since October 31, 2012, the Waterfront Parks Foundation (WPF) has worked with St. Petersburg’s Parks & Recreation Department to protect, preserve and promote our spectacular, award-winning, waterfront parks in downtown St. Petersburg, which run along Tampa Bay from the north at Coffee Pot Park (1st Street and 30th Ave. NE) to Lassing Park (Beach Drive and 22nd Ave. SE), just south of downtown. We also coordinate with other local groups in this effort, including the Petersburg City Council, Preserve the ‘Burg, Tampa Bay Watch, Byrne Ocean Conservation/Water Warrior Alliance and the neighborhood associations in which our waterfront parks are located.  

WPF Projects

Current Foundation projects—assisted by the generous support of the Majeed Foundation—include continuously updated flower beds; improved, environmentally-conscious park lighting and the development and installation of numerous park benches and swings throughout the waterfront parks system. 

Support WPF 

Our work depends upon the support of donors, volunteers and sponsors like you! In addition to supporting Picnic Land, our latest fundraiser, we invite you to volunteer, sponsor your own fundraiser, or become a donor in this worthy effort. See our website for more information: