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Lake Parker Park


A picture of employees around Lake Parker Park signage

 

Gate 1: 910 E. Granada Street (access to picnic pavilions, tennis courts, playground, soccer fields, boat ramp, and walking paths.)
Gate 4: 820 E. Robson Street (access to corporate picnic pavilions, lawn bowling & Shuffleboard facility, *pickleball courts-coming soon*, and walking paths)
Pavilion Rentals: 863.834.2280 | LakeMirrorRentals@lakelandgov.net 
All Other Park Info: 863.834.2233

 


Lake Parker Park has something for everyone. The park offers an array of amenities from a boat ramp and boat trailer parking to picnicking and pickleball. Lake Parker Park brings the forest to the city. 

Hours
6:30 am - Dusk 


Carefully consider the use of playgrounds and help children follow CDC & FDOH guidelines

If you choose to visit a playground:

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from people you do not live with. Avoid parks and playgrounds that are crowded.
  • Be aware that play equipment and picnic areas are not monitored by staff nor disinfected during the course of the day.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Adults and children who can safely use hand sanitizer: Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together until dry, if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Wear a cloth face covering, if you can. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
    • Children under age 2
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing
    • Anyone who is unconscious, can’t move, or is otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance.
  • Bring water and stay hydrated. Public water fountains remain closed at this time. 

 

  • Amenities
    • The Rotary Playground in Hernando's Landing
    • Boat Ramp
    • Picnic pavilions
    • Fishing
    • Fitness/Jogging Path
    • Soccer Fields
    • Tennis Courts
    • Pickleball Courts
    • Volleyball Courts
    • Multipurpose Field
    • Shuffleboard
    • Lawn Bowling
    • Picnic pavilions (Corporate pavilions, accessible via Gate 4, are available for rental. All other picnic pavilions are first come, first served.)
  • Walking Trail Map & Information

    Lake Parker Park boasts multiple walking trails designed for the enjoyment of casual strollers and serious runners alike. Each of the park's four distinct path systems is color-coded and contains markers to help people orient themselves in the park.  

    Forest Path: .66 miles; circles the original park built in 1978 and is the path that parallels the Lake Parker shoreline. The vegetative plantings along the Forest Path and the other path systems are Lakeland Parks and Recreation's largest xeriscape landscaping effort. While strolling among the trees, test your physical abilities on the Park's exercise sta­tions. Other park amenities found adjacent to the Forest Path are family-sized picnic sheds, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, and boat access to Lake Parker.

    Water Path: .84 miles; Lake Parker Park's longest loop connecting each of the Park's three other walking paths. The Water Path takes you on a journey through the Park's wetland hardwood forest. If you're quiet and observant, you may get a glimpse at some of the animals that make their home in Lake Parker Park. When in bloom, blue flag iris create a beautiful vista, particularly in the vicinity of Potato Creek Bridge.

    Soccer Path: .76 miles; circles the entire soccer complex. While walking among the pine forest and wildflowers, observe Lakeland's finest young athletes practicing and competing. 

    North Path: .8 miles; the path system's northernmost loop is connected to the southern portion of Lake Parker via the bridge over the Parker Canal. The North Path circles the Park's lawn bowling & shuffleboard facility, pickleball courts, two sand volleyball courts, and corporate picnic pavilions (available for rental).  

    GPS Enabled Walking Mapaerial map of Lake Parker Park

  • History

    Lake Parker Park was developed in the mid 1970s as a free play/passive recreation area. Phase I opened in 1978. Over the years this 88-acre community park has expanded and improved to keep pace with the demands of an ever-growing Lakeland.  

    Completed in 1990, the Lake Parker Park Youth Soccer Complex was the premiere facility for competitive soccer in Polk County at that time.