One of the most commonly asked questions we have received lately is “which playgrounds in Lakeland are open?” or “are any playgrounds in Lakeland open?” The answer is yes!

We are lucky to have an abundance of great parks and playgrounds in the Lakeland area. Local playgrounds are either operated by the city or Polk County, which means they are all reopening on different dates. Polk County reopened all playgrounds on May 26, the City of Lakeland reopened playgrounds on June 15, and other cities have different opening dates as well.

Below you’ll find local playgrounds listed under the operating entity. Click on the name of any park to see the address, photos, and get more details. We hope this helps you figure out which playgrounds in the Lakeland area are open for play!

Be aware that play equipment and picnic areas may not be monitored by staff nor disinfected during the ordinary course of the day.

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.

Polk County Parks & Recreation

Park Playgrounds operated by Polk County Parks & Recreation are open. These playgrounds in the Lakeland area include:

City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation

Playgrounds operated by the City of Lakeland reopened on June 15. These playgrounds include:

Note that a reopening date for the Splash Pad at Barnett Park has NOT been announced.

City of Mulberry Parks & Recreation

Playgrounds operated by Mulberry Parks & Recreation are open. These playgrounds include:

City of Winter Haven Parks & Recreation

The City of Winter Haven has reopened all playgrounds. Visit their website for more information. To learn more:


City of Auburndale Parks & Recreation

While the Downtown City Park has been closed, the City has taken the opportunity to replace equipment and the artificial turf throughout the playground. As soon as the installations of the equipment and turf are complete, the City plans to reopen the playground. The City expects the improvements to be completed in June. To learn more:

Use our Playground Map to find a playground near you. 

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!