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Facilities & Parks

WH Recreational & Cultural Center

Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center (WHRCC) is located in Winter Haven’s northeast community. This facility has a playground, two lighted youth baseball/softball fields, an indoor gymnasium, a 25-meter pool, physical conditioning facilities (both free weights and machines), a meeting room, kitchen facilities, a game room and a conference room. Numerous activities for youth and adults include athletic leagues, after school and summer youth programs, a community youth band program and rental opportunities.

Registration Form – Bench Press Competition

Essay Contest Guidelines

Upcoming Events

Bench Press Competition

This friendly competition is free and open to the community.  Both men and women are encouraged to compete. All participants must be at least 16 years old.  Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Please note that this event may be cancelled due to lack of registration. Call (863) 291-5675 for more information

  • Ages:  16 & Up (under 18 must have parent/guardian sign waiver)
  • Date: January 20
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Fee:  FREE

Youth Essay Contest

In celebration of Black History Month, community youth are invited to share their thoughts on his or her favorite African-American trailblazer.  This contest is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade middle school students living in Winter Haven, FL.  Prizes will be awarded to the overall 1st and 2nd place winners.  Click Here for Essay Contest Guidelines.

  • Ages: 6th, 7th & 8th Graders
  • Essay Deadline: February 23, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Submit Essays: Chain O’ Lakes Complex (210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880) or Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center (801 Ave. T NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881) or via email at

Youth Programs

After School Program

***The After School Program is no longer accepting registration for the 2017/2018 school year***

After School homework assistance and recreational activities are provided. Transportation is available from Garner Elementary, Elbert Elementary, and Brigham Academy upon request.

  • Ages: K – 8th grade
  • Days: Every School Day
  • Dates: August 10 – May 24 (2017/2018 school year)
  • Time: 3:00 – 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 the Winter Haven Recreational & 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!

  • Ages: K – 8th grade, camp dates are subject to cancellation due to lack of participants.
  • Dates: School’s Out Camp Flyer
  • Time: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $5/day Resident / $10/day Non-resident

All Ages Programs

Fitness Center and Weight Room

A wide variety of exercise machines, weight benches, squat racks and free-weights are available to the public for use.

  • Fee: Free

Computer Lab

The computer lab is open to the public. Availability is based on programming.

  • Fee: Free

Open Gym Basketball

Come play pick-up basketball. Gym availability is based on programming and special events.

  • Fee: Free

Marching Wolverine Community Band Program

Marching Band tryouts consist of flag and rifle drills, instrument selection, music fundamentals/techniques, and marching drills. Earl Williams is the Director.

  • Location: WHRCC on Tugerson Field
  • Days: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Ages: 11 years and older
  • Fee: Free

Band Instructional classes

Designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Limited selections of instruments are available for use.

  • Day: Thursday
  • Time: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Ages: All
  • Fee: Free
Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center
801 Avenue T NEWinter Haven, Florida 33881
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Contact Information
Fax: (863) 297-3133


Terrell Griffin
Recreation Supervisor III
Dwan Lawrence
Recreation Supervisor I