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Parks, Recreation and Culture Department May 21 Update

Posted May 21st, 2020

Click HERE for the most recent City of Winter Haven owned and maintained park and facility opening schedule.

Parks and Recreation facility Phase 3 openings occur May 29 and will open Rowdy Gaines Pool for Swim Team and morning Lap Swim hours, PSC Soccer Complex, DiamondPlex, and Sertoma Park.  Each of these will not be open for league play, rentals or events.

Because the Chain of Lakes Park is being used as a satellite Fire Station, it will not be open to the public at this time.  Once the park is no longer needed as a Fire Station, this area will open for public use.  A date has not been established.

Parks and Recreation facility Phase 4 openings are scheduled for June 5, and will open the Winter Haven Public Library, Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center and Pool, AdventHealth Fieldhouse, and the Rowdy Gaines Pool for Recreational Swimming.  Each of these facilities will have reduced hours and services for a few weeks after opening.

The Winter Haven Senior Center will not open June 5, but is expected to be open to the public July 6.  This decision is due to the availability of the much lunch program at the site and out of an abundance of caution four our Seniors.

Parks and Recreation facility Phase 5 openings are scheduled for June 12.  This phase allows rentals and events with attendance less than 50 persons.  (Larger gatherings may be permitted sometime in July depending on the COVID-19 outlook.)  The current plan is to expand the allowable numbers every two weeks while monitoring any guidance provided by Executive Orders issued by the Governor’s Office.

Youth athletic leagues would be permitted to begin practice on August 1 while following established protocols for their sport unless prohibited by an Executive Order or action by the City Commission.

Summer camp status continues to be under review.

Staff is closely monitoring recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, FMIT, Department of Health, USA Swimming, NRPA, FRPA, and American Camp Association for the most up-to-date information as the City provides services while maintaining the safest facilities and programs possible.  Please call the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department at 291-5656 with any questions or for more information.