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National PAL Mentoring Day

Join Us on May 2nd at the Tigertown Complex

Join the Lakeland Police Department and departments across the nation on May 2, 2015 in celebrating National PAL Mentoring Day. A community celebration will take place from 10AM - 2PM at the Tigertown complex. The day will be filled with many activities and guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the Lakeland Police Department PAL Program. 


Activities and Performances Include:

  • Mighty Marching Lions 
  • Live Bands 
  • Basketball Shootout 
  • LPD Displays and Activities 
  • LFD Fire Engine 
  • Horse Rides 
  • Rock Climbing Wall 
  • FREE FOOD and much more! 

PAL seeks to promote and safeguard the interests and general welfare of the youth of the community; to instill good health habits, good sportsmanship, and high morals and civic standards in the youth of the community, to help fulfill the need for recreational, educational and social activities that are designed to rehabilitate youthful first-time offenders and prevent their return into the criminal justice system. 


The Lakeland PAL is located at 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. 


The club is for boys and girls ages 4 to 17. For more information on the program, please go to the PAL website







LAKELAND, FL (April 2, 2014) – Summer is right around the corner – get your child’s spot secured!  The City of Lakeland is offering Camp Blast, an eight-week summer recreation program located at City recreation facilities and various schools throughout Lakeland. Camp Blast offers elementary students, who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade, endless opportunities for enrichment including weekly trips, on-site games and activities, service opportunities and several special events. 


Don’t miss out on Camp BLAST!  Registration for this opportunity begins April 12th, 8am at Kelly Recreation Complex (KRC) for City Residents and April 19th , 8am at KRC for Non-City Residents.  Spots will fill quickly – mark your calendar to attend!  A copy of the child’s report card is needed and registration fees are $200 per child paid by cash or check.  Camp begins Monday, June 16th  – Friday through August 8th.  Camp hours are from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.


For full details on camp dates, camp locations and pricing options check out, or call the Kelly Recreation Complex, 863/834-3284 with any questions. 





LAKELAND, FL (November 4, 2013) -  The City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department is proud to host the 33rd Annual Snowfest at Lake Mirror on Saturday December 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This year's event will feature the traditional Snow Mountain and a Snow Slide!  A visit from Santa Claus, children's entertainment, inflatables, arts & crafts vendors and food vendors will complete the day.

Price for admission to the Snow Mountain and Snow Slide will be a donated canned food item or a $1.00 donation. All canned food items will be donated to Polk County Senior Orphans charity. Admission to the inflatables will be $1.00.


Arts and crafts vendors are being sought to participate in the event.  For more information, please call Julie Adams at (863) 834-8228, or





LAKELAND, FL (April 10, 2013) - The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department will begin registration for Camp BLAST, the summer recreation program for elementary students who have completed kindergarten through the 5th grade, at Kelly Recreation Complex on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Parents must bring two matching proofs of City residence and a copy of each child's most recent report card.

Those living outside the city limits will be able to register beginning Saturday, April 20, 2013 starting at 8:00 a.m.  Camp dates are Monday, June 17th – Friday, August 9th, 2013.  Full Registration for the 8-week program is either $350 for Camp Explore Program (in town trips) or $500 for Camp Adventure (in and out-of-town trips). Due at the time of registration is $200 per child. Fees are payable by cash or check only. Enrollment is limited and camp participants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  

For more information, please call the Kelly Recreation Complex at (863) 834-3284.