The City of Lakeland has announced that libraries, pools, and the skate park will reopen on Monday, June 1. Find out what safety precautions and requirements will be in place if you plan to visit one of these facilities.

We also have a full list that covers local trails, parks, schools, libraries, pools, attractions, theme parks, sports teams, beaches, and more to help you keep track of what is open and closed in Lakeland and Central Florida. Click here to see the full list.

If you need a facemask, we have a list of places where you can buy cloth facemasks locally.

What is Reopening in Lakeland

Editor’s Note: Florida is currently in Phase 2 of “reopening” Florida. We recognize that this is going to be a confusing period of time with varying opinions on what people should and shouldn’t be doing. For almost 5 years, Lakeland Mom has been a reliable source of information for our community. We will continue to provide updates on the outdoor spaces and activities that are open under government guidelines. This does not constitute an endorsement or a suggestion that we jump back into a “normal” way of life. Masks are encouraged if you are out in public spaces (and required in some buildings), click here to buy masks locally.

During this time we encourage everyone to be informed and choose what they feel is best for their own family.

Lakeland Libraries – What to Expect:

Includes the Lakeland Public Library on Lake Morton, the Larry Jackson Branch Library, and the eLibrary at Lake Miriam. 

The City of Lakeland has put the following safety protocols in place for all city-owned buildings, including the Libraries.  All visitors will be screened upon entry.  What does that entail?  You will be asked to:
  • Get a no-contact temperature check, and have a temp below 100.4.
  • Answer the following wellness questions:
    •  Have you traveled out of the state in the past 14 days?
    •  In the last 12 hours have you had a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or problems breathing, chills, muscle pain or new loss of taste or smell?
  • Provide name and contact information.
  • Wear a face mask at all times while in the building.  A limited number of disposable masks will be available to those who do not have one.

Any visitor that refuses to be screened, fails a screening, or refuses to wear a mask will be denied entry to the library.

For those who choose to enter the building, we ask that you continue to practice social distancing and have clean hands before using computers or browsing the collection.

All Libraries will have a limited number of face masks, and hand sanitizer available for patrons.  All library staff will wear masks, and use gloves when needed.  Staff will be cleaning the computers, self-check stations, tables and chairs on the public floor regularly.  Service desks are now equipped with clear, plastic shields for safer interactions.

The Libraries are currently subject to an occupancy load of 50%.  Once that threshold is met entry will become a one out/one in environment.  At 50% occupancy the Main Library can accommodate ninety (90) persons, the Larry R Jackson Branch Library can accommodate forty-three (43) persons and the elibrary South Lakeland can accommodate sixteen (16) persons.

Due to occupancy guidelines, there is limited seating available. We encourage customers to practice social distancing and limit their visit to two-hours or less.

For a full list of FAQ’s for visiting the library, including Materials, Computers, Printing, and WiFi, Meeting Spaces, Classes and Programs, visit the City’s Library website. This is also where you will find the most up to date information on library policies.

Curbside pick up, Books by Mail, and other virtual services will continue as well.

For City of Lakeland Safety Protocols, please click here.

Lakeland Pools – What to Expect:

Includes Gandy Pool at Kelly Recreation Center and Simpson Park Pool. The Splash Pad at Barnett Park remains closed.

  • Max capacity: 100 people
  • Wellness check
    • All patrons’ temperatures will be taken prior to entering the building. If their temperature is above 100.4, they will not be allowed to enter.
  • No access to showers in the locker rooms
  • Bathrooms will close every 45 minutes  for staff to clean and disinfect
  • Lap Swim Area – 10 lanes available, first come first served:
    • 10 people can swim in the lap area and will start on opposite ends of pool
    • Socializing in the water will be discouraged during breaks of swimming
  • Diving boards will be closed
  • Deck furniture has been spaced out to adequately ensure physical distancing
    • There are no tables or bleachers for use
    • Shade structures are will be monitored for social distancing
  • Lifejackets, kickboards, and pull buoys will be available for lap swim only and will be disinfected after each use
  • Pool noodles and rafts not allowed

Gandy Pool
404 Imperial Boulevard, Lakeland, FL 33803
863.834.3157 | Aquatics@lakelandgov.net

Gandy Pool is open year-round. Reopening June 1, 2020 for both lap swim and open swim hours.
Mon – Fri 5:30am – 7:00pm Lap swim
Mon – Fri 12:00pm – 5:30pm Open swim
Saturday 10am – 5pm Lap swim/Open swim
Sunday 11am – 5pm Lap swim/Open swim
Click here to check for any changes to safety protocols or operating hours.

Simpson Pool
1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805
863.834.2286Aquatics@lakelandgov.net

Simpson Pool is open seasonally in the Summer. Scheduled to reopen June 1, 2020.
Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm Lap swim
Mon – Fri 12pm – 5pm Open swim
Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 5pm Lap swim/Open swim
Click here to check for any changes to safety protocols or operating hours.

Lakeland Swimming Pools

Swimming Pools & Splash Pads in Lakeland and Polk County

We have a full list of local swimming pools and splash pads, including Winter Haven and Lake Eva Pool & Water Park in Haines City.

Lakeland Skate Park – What to Expect:

Located in Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny
800 US-98 South, Lakeland, FL 33801
863.834.2233 

Scheduled to Reopen June 1, 2020. Ongoing Safety Precautions from the City of Lakeland:

– Seating areas will remain blocked off to discourage groups from congregating
– BRING WATER – Parks & Recreation water fountains are currently covered, please stay hydrated
– We encourage everyone to follow all Florida Department of Health and CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and best practices in public spaces
– Staff will be disinfecting high touch areas throughout the day. Users should feel free to bring hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes to help with this process.

From the website: “This skate park is UNSUPERVISED all users assume full risk in entering this facility. Skating is a hazardous sport and use of this facility is at your own risk. The City of Lakeland is not liable for any accident or injury to persons on the property resulting from the use of this facility as a skater or spectator.”

Lakeland Skate Park is for skateboards and inline skaters only. NO BIKES or motorized vehicles are allowed in the park.

Helmets and protective pads are required for all skaters under the age of 18 and encouraged for all users.

Onsite adult supervision is required for all skaters under the age of 12. We ask that all parents require their children to wear protective equipment.

Click here to learn more about the Lakeland Skatepark.

Additional information:

Visit the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Updates Page for additional information on city facilities.

Tennis Courts and the Cleveland Heights Golf Course are currently open and operating under specific safety protocols.

As of 5/28, Camp Blast registration is on hold pending updates. Details will be updated in our Summer Camp Guide as soon as they are available.

Lakeland Summer Activities for Kids

Be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide for Summer Camps, Things to Do Around Lakeland, Things to Do at Home, Open Playgrounds, Places to Play Outdoors, FREE Bowling, Swim Lessons, 4th of July Events, Reading programs, Online Camps, and much more!