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About the WHRCC:

Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center (WHRCC)
801 Avenue T NE

Winter Haven, Florida


Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center is located in Winter Haven's northeast community. The facility has a playground, two lighted youth baseball/softball fields, an indoor gymnasium, two outdoor basketball courts, a 25-meter pool, physical conditioning facilities (both free weights and machines), a meeting room, kitchen facility, a game room and a conference room. This facility offers numerous activities for youth and adults including after-school and summer youth programs, a community youth band program and rental opportunities.

The Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center pool is open in the summer from mid-May through Labor Day. Programs offered include open swimming from 1 - 5 p.m. seven days a week and swim lessons. The pool is ‘L’ shaped, measuring 25 yards x 25 meters.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Noon - 7 p.m.


Please click on the flyers below for information on upcoming programs, classes and events.

                                       Chess Club                                                           School's Out Camp



Special Programs:

Scott's Pitch, Hit and Run
This nationwide programs is sponsored by Major League Baseball and Scott's.  This is a free skills competition that provides boys and girls the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities.

Ages: 7 - 14

Date:  April 19

Time: 10 a.m.

Fee:   Free

Back-to-School Pool Bash
Looking for an opportunity to relax, hang out with friends and enjoy a day of planned activities as the summer comes to a close? Come to the Bash and enjoy a bounce house, water slide, music, water safety tips and refreshments.

Ages: 6 - 17

Date:  August 30

Time: 1 - 4 p.m.

Fee:   Free


Athletic/Exercise Programs:

Late Night Basketball
Looking for a free late night sports activity? Come play pick-up basketball with us!

Ages: 16 and older

Date:  May 2

Time: 8 - 11 p.m.

Fee:   Free

Fitness Center
Come take advantage of the fitness center at Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center. The facility has two fitness rooms, one that features free weights and the other features weight machines, which are great for the novice fitness enthusiast. Staff is on site to assist if help is needed with the machines.

Open Gym Basketball
Come play pick up basketball. Gym availability is based on programming.

Fee: Free

Youth Programs:

Chess Club
Chess club will teach beginning, intermediate and advance chess players how to play the game of chess or sharpen their current skills.

Ages: 6 and older

Days: Tuesday and Thursday during the school year

Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Fee:   Free

After School Program
Transportation is provided upon request to the following schools: Garner Elementary, Brigham Academy and Elbert Elementary. Our program provides after school homework assistance, and recreational activities.

Dates: Every school day

Ages: K-8th grade

Time: 3-5:30 p.m.

Fee: $20/month resident, $30/month non-resident

School's Out Camp
No place to send your child when school is out?  Send them to Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center!  WHRCC provides supervised fun during public school holidays and teacher work days. There will be arts and crafts, educational activities, sports, games, music and more.  The children will have a blast and the price can't be beat.  You may register at any time during the school year. Participants must bring their own lunch and snacks.

Dates: Mar. 24-28, Apr. 18, May 26

Ages: K-8th grade

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Fee: $5/day Resident

        $10/day Non-resident 

Youth Recreation Board
Participants will meet to discuss issues, plan events for their age group and get involved in the community.

Dates: Last Tuesday of each month
Ages: 10-17 years old

Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Fee: Free

Kids Night of Fun
Bring your child to WHRCC for an evening of fun!  They will enjoy games, activities and refreshments while you can leave and enjoy an evening to yourself.  Participants must register no later than two days before program date.

Dates: May 9

Ages: 6 - 13

Time: 6 - 9 p.m.

Fee: $10 per child

Debbie Battista
Recreation Superintendent
Chain O' Lakes Complex

Joyce Patrick
Recreation Supervisor III
Winter Haven Recreational and
Cultural Center (WHRCC)





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