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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.



Youth Leadership Mentor Program


Kids Night of Fun

Special Events:

Pumpkin' Huntin'

A safe place for your child, with planned activities that include finding pumpkins for a prize, costume and dance contest, crafts, music, games and more! Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Oct. 23

Ages: 6 - 13

Time: 6-8pm

Fee: Free


Holiday Extravaganza

Join us for a fun-filled night of excitement that the entire family can enjoy! Children will enjoy holiday crafts, ginger bread house making contest, musical chairs, and more! Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Dec. 11

Ages: All

Times: 6-8pm


Athletic/Exercise Programs:

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

Basketball Skills Saturday
Participants will learn essential elements of basketball; dribbling, shooting, passing, and defensive/offensive positions. Pre-Registration is required.

Date: November 14

Ages: 6 - 13

Time: 10am - Noon

Fee: Free

Youth Programs:

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


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

Dates: Sept. 7, Sept. 28, Oct. 19, Nov. 11, Nov. 23-25, Nov. 27, Dec. 21-24, 28-31

**Program dates are subject to cancellation due to lack of participants.

Ages: K - 8

Time: 7:30am - 5:30pm

Fee: $5/day Residents

        $10/day Non-Residents

Kids Night of Fun
Bring your child to WHRCC for an evening of fun! They will enjoy games, activities and refreshments while you take an evening to go and enjoy yourself. Participants must register 3 days prior to program date.

Dates: Sept. 11 & Nov. 13

Ages: 6 - 13

Time: 6-9pm

Fee: $10

Activities for Everyone:

Marching Wolverine Community Band Program

Location: WHRCC on Tugerson Field

Days: Sunday  4-6 pm

          Monday  5-7 pm

Ages: All Ages

Fee: Free

Earl Williams is the Director



Andy Palmer

Recreation Superintendent
Chain O' Lakes Complex

Terrell Griffin
Recreation Supervisor III
Winter Haven Recreational and
Cultural Center (WHRCC)





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