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COVID-19: City of Winter Haven Update

Posted March 13th, 2020

Based on the guidelines and recommendations of the Polk County Health Department and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the City of Winter Haven is suspending all athletic activities, special events and city facility rentals with more than 250 people from Monday, March 16 – Sunday, April 19.  Specifically, the following events/activities are postponed/cancelled during this time period:

City of Winter Haven Suspended Events March 16 – April 19, 2020

Mar. 17           Main Street’s St. Patrick’s Day Show (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; South Central Park)

Mar. 20           Dulcimer Night (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Central Park)

Mar. 21           Cypress Gardens Ski Show (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Martin Luther King Jr. Park)

Mar. 21- 22    Victor Smith Law Group Central Park Art Festival (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Central Park)

Mar. 27           Grant Piche & The Jug Brother’s Band (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Central Park)

                        4th Saturday Market (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Central Park)

Mar. 28 – 29  Cardinal Flyers Winter Haven Fly-in (12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Winter Haven Airport)

Mar. 29           Tray Day 2020 (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Lake Maude Park)

Apr. 3             Pickin’ in the Park (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Central Park)

Sizzlin’ BBQ (Chain of Lakes Park)

Apr. 4             Cruise-In Car Show & 1st Saturday Market (3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m; Central Park)

Apr. 10           Praise in the Park (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Central Park)

Apr. 11           Hoppin Hunt (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; MLK Park)

                        2nd Saturday Market (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Central Park)

Apr. 17           Dulcimer Night (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Central Park)

Apr. 18           FiArt Festival (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Central Park)

                        Cypress Gardens Ski Show (5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Martin Luther King Jr. Park)

Apr. 18 -19    Florida Bass Nation Pro-am (5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Lake Shipp Park)

While large gatherings are postponed at City facilities, the City of Winter Haven remains open for business. Employees are reporting to work as normal and all services will continue to be provided as usual.  This includes recreation facilities, the Senior Adult Center, the Winter Haven Public Library and all City administrative offices.  Small gatherings and meetings in City facilities under 250 participants will continue as scheduled.

In addition, staff is increasing efforts to continually clean and sanitize all indoor facilities and outdoor park amenities.

“For the safety and well-being of our residents, staff and the community, and to protect those most vulnerable, the City of Winter Haven is taking these measures out of an abundance of caution to slow the spread of the COVID-19,” said City Manager Mike Herr.

Please visit the City Website at and click the “COVID-19: Impacts & Updates” banner for further information and developments. The City encourages people to use its online services whenever possible, such as for utility billing payments and public records requests. Information and updates will also be placed on the City’s Facebook page at; on the City’s Nextdoor site at; and on Twitter at

Please contact the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department at 291-5656 for further information regarding events, athletics and rentals.