Michael Callender, Parks and Recreation Manager 863-534-4340 · Email
General Office: 863-534-4340 · Fax: 863-534-7006
515 Boulevard St. · Bartow, FL 33830 · Map
Operations and Maintenance: Mike Callender · 863-534-4340 · Email
Recreation – Derek Harpe · 863-534-4340 · Email
Hours of Operation: M-F 8AM - 5PM
Parks and Recreation operates and maintains 32 park sites and 11 mini-parks, which include athletic facilities, picnic areas, a historical-oriented park, and three campgrounds. Theis section also maintains 40 boat launching sites, produces special events, and conducts a summer program. There is a nominal fee for campsites and reserved facilities. Advance reservations are accepted for picnic pavilions and athletic fields only. Parks and Recreation is comprised of the following areas of responsibilties:
- Administration works with cities to formulate grants and agreements between the County and cities for park development and improvements. This section plans for future expansion of the County park system and directs the operation of Division units.
- Parks Maintenance Unit is responsible for the building, maintenance, and repair of all Polk County Parks, which includes facility cleaning, repairing, and painting of buildings, mowing, removing trash and debris, and upkeeping athletic fields.
- Recreation Unit plans, develops, and conducts recreation programming and special events. It offers certification training courses to coaches and provides athletic fields for league play. An eight-week summer recreation program is offered at selected school sites for children who have completed Kindergarten through 12 years of age. The program is limited to 60 children per site and consists of arts and crafts, sports, special events, age-related activities, movies, swimming, and field trips. Contact the Recreation Unit at 863-534-6911 for more information.