Parks & Recreation

The Parks & Recreation Department is where the fun exists. City staff offer a good blend of passive and active recreation activities geared to enhance the health and well-being of citizens.

Active recreation involves cooperative or team activity including use of sports fields, playgrounds, skate park and boating.

Passive recreation involves activities, such as walking, hiking, bicycling trails, picnicking and nature observation. Our City’s network of trails offers citizens both active and passive recreation activities. 


  • Lake Wales Recreation Center
  • Kirkland Gym 
  • Frasier Field Sports Complex
  • Tourist Center Rental Facility
  • James P. Austin Community Center Rental Facility


  • 6 multiuse trails
  • 7 parks
  • 6 picnic pavilions
  • 8 playgrounds
  • Dog park
  • Boat ramp
  • Pier


  • 13 Baseball/softball fields
  • 6 multiuse fields
  • Indoor basketball court
  • 4 Outdoor basketball courts
  • 7 Tennis courts
  • Beach volleyball court
  • Skate park

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The Lake Wales Family Recreation Center is now open. Stop by to start your membership. 

Fitness Class Schedule:


Are day passes available for non-members? Yes. Day passes for non-members (includes pool access):                                                       $5 for children 4 – 17                                        $8 for ages 18+

Will my current membership automatically migrate to the City's membership database? Existing members will be transitioned to the new membership system upon their next in-person visit to the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center.

Will the cost of my membership stay the same? Yes. All citizens are welcome to join the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center. There are two membership rates, City residents and non-city residents. The residential address on a City utility bill or electric bill validates city residents. The residential address will be verified on the property appraiser's website to confirm the address is within the city limits. Please alert staff if there is a discrepancy with your current membership rate. Membership rates

Will my SilverSneakers membership apply to the Lake Wales Family Recreation Center membership? Yes, we honor the SilverSneakers Program. We’re also exploring adding Active&Fit memberships.

When is KidWatch available? Staff will watch your child while you workout or participate in group fitness activities. Monday through Friday: 8am to 11am & 4pm to 7pm.

Address: 1001 Burns Avenue, Lake Wales 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 5am to 8pm

Saturday: 7am to 5pm  

Sunday: 1pm to 5pm

Pool Hours

Members - Pool Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 12pm & 4pm – 8pm

Saturday: 9am – 1pm 

Sunday: CLOSED


Non-members with paid day passes - Pool Hours

Monday – Friday: 9am – 12pm & 4pm – 8pm

Saturday: 9am – 1pm 

Sunday: CLOSED


Non-members (City Residents) free swim at no charge -Pool Hours

Tuesdays: 9am – 12pm & 4pm – 8pm

Thursday: 9am – 12pm & 4pm – 8pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm

Sunday: CLOSED


Our website provides information on:


To obtain a copy of the rules and regulations for use of parks and recreation facilities, please contact Shay Irvis at (863) 678-4182 Ext. 239

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