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Coronavirus/COVID-19 - Parks & Recreation Facility and Green Space Status

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Updated July 30, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

This news item will be updated with information on Parks & Recreation Department facilities and green spaces

City of Lakeland Mask Mandate

Current Closings:

The following remain closed: splash Pad at Barnett Family Park. 

Updated Scheduled Openings:

  • Gandy and Simpson Park Pools Reopened June 1 with proper protocols.
  • The Lakeland Skate Park in Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny reopened June 1 with proper protocols.
  • The City of Lakeland Libraries, in cooperation with the Polk County Library Cooperative, reopened June 1.
  • Recreation Centers: Weight Rooms and Cardio Rooms are scheduled to reopen June 8. The Kelly Recreation and Simpson Park weight rooms and cardio room facilities will reopen under strict social distancing and sanitization protocols as outlined in the Governors Executive Order. 
  • Coleman-Bush Building: Staff has outlined proper standard operating procedures and protocols to begin summer tutoring and enrichment class with a ratio of 1:9 on June 15.
  • Athletic Fields & Neighborhood Parks: scheduled to reopen June 8 which will include Picnic Pavilions, Restrooms, and all athletic spaces (basketball courts, shuffleboard, lawn bowling etc)
  • Playgrounds: Reopened June 15. (check the parks page for recommendations from the CDC)
  • Facility, Picnic Pavilion, and green space rentals: Reservations are currently accepted with interior facility rentals beginning June 14. Visit our reservations & rentals page for information on adjusted protocols to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The City of Lakeland encourages anyone utilizing high-touch areas that are open to the public such as picnic pavilions and restrooms to follow safety protocols for hygiene and disinfecting surfaces before use. 

Use the Parks Finder Application to determine whether specific Park Spaces and/or amenities are included with the first round of Re-Openings.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our team via email at LakelandParkRec@Lakelandgov.net

The following is the best contact information for each of our areas:

Check out our Parks Finder Application to determine if a specific City of Lakeland park space is open.
Staff will be available Monday - Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM to assist by phone:
Voicemails outside of these times will be returned as soon as possible.


Kelly Recreation Complex - Reopening June 8
For info on the Recreation Center, Summer Camp, and Adult Athletic Leagues
Staff available by phone:
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

Gandy & Simpson Park Pools

Simpson Park Community Center - Reopening June 8
Staff Available by phone
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Tennis Courts - Reopened May 1

Parks & Recreation Rental Office
For info on Parks & Recreation building & park rentals


Coleman-Bush Building

The office is currently closed to walk-ins.
Staff will be available Monday - Friday 7:30 AM – 4 PM to assist by phone:
Voicemails outside of these times will be returned as soon as possible.
Find information and search burial plots online at www.lakelandgov.net/Cemeteries

Submit requests via the website at www.Lakelandgov.net/Library

Cleveland Heights Golf Course - Reopened May 1 with individuals asked to follow social distancing protocols

For more info, maps, and City of Lakeland-related COVID-19 updates, bookmark our Emergency Management page


Parks & Recreation Department

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third-largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 110 years ago.