Mike Callender


 Phone: 863-534-4340

 Toll Free: 800-780-5346


Street Address:  

4177 Ben Durrance Road
Bartow, FL  33830

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9005
Drawer PW06
Bartow, FL  33831-9005

Office Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parks and Recreation

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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.

With nearly 40 park sites and 11 mini-parks that include athletic facilities, picnic areas, a historical-oriented park, and five campgrounds; your biggest problem will be deciding what to do. This section 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 parks areas are ADA compliant.

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The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Polk County Board of County Commissioners