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Parks and Recreation

With more than 50 park sites and 11 mini-parks that include athletic facilities, picnic areas, a historical-oriented park, resource centers, five campgrounds and ATV park. Your biggest challenge will be deciding what to do. Parks and Recreation also maintains 40 boat launching sites, produces special events and conducts a summer program.

Youth athletic leagues and events also are a big draw here. Parks and Recreation oversees more than 120 sports fields and is responsible for 27 youth athletic leagues with more than 12,000 participants.

Parks and Recreation is divided into three sections:

  • Administration – Works with cities to develop grants and agreements for park development and improvements, along with planning the future of the county's parks system
  • Parks Maintenance Unit – Builds and maintains Polk's parks
  • Recreation Unit – Plans and develops recreation programming and special events, conducts training courses for coaches and operates the summer recreation program

The restrooms and parking lots in Polk's park areas are ADA compliant.

If you're looking for an excuse to get out of your home and into the great outdoors, Polk County's Parks and Recreation has it covered.

Contact Us

Mike Callender

Phone: (863) 534-4340
Toll Free: (800) 780-5346

Street Address:
4177 Ben Durrance Road
Bartow, FL 33830

Office Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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If you are looking to reserve one of Parks and Recreations facilities, you can click the link below. 

Click here for our online reservation system.

If you have any questions, please call (863) 534-6911.