Organized team sports are available for children as young as four years of age. Soccer, baseball, softball and football are all popular. In fact, Bartow is home to some of the best soccer fields and facilities in the area.

     For tennis fans, 14-lighted tennis courts are available for night play; and for those into exercise, there's access to the city’s fitness gymnasium with Nautilus equipment at Polk Street Community Center.

      To find out more about the City of Bartow's Parks and Recreation Department's many programs including youth sports, summer youth programs and camps, Sam Griner swimming pool, senior programs (Golden Age Club, Seniors on the Move), Bartow area meeting rooms, and parks information including pavilion rental, call or click the Bartow Parks and Recreation Department at 863-534-0120. You may also check out the latest Parks and Recreation Activity Guide here.

     The department is located at the Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Avenue.

      Main Street Bartow, Inc. and Bartow Cycling Events are all geared up for the Bloomin' Bike Ride on March 4th, 2017. This companion event with Bartow's Bloomin' Arts show and Bloomin' 5K, is an on-road cycling tour along the scenic back roads of southern Polk County. Gently rolling roads take our cyclists across the Peace River Basin through expansive citrus groves and around the old Florida backwoods. Additionally, this is a cycling event that sets Bartow apart by providing great cycling support via fully stocked rest stops with friendly volunteers, trailing vehicles for assistance and aid, course photographer, cool goodie bags and great food provided by some of Bartow's finest restaurants that keep our cyclists coming back to experience even more of our hometown cycling hospitality!

Bartow is a perfect place for a leisurely hike. It’s also the right place for serious nature lovers. At the 460-acre Mosaic Peace River Park, you can take a walk on a wooden boardwalk through century-old cypress trees, majestic oaks and pines. Experience the sites and sounds of nature as you head toward the river bank. Birds and wildlife abound in this pristine setting. This park is also a great place for horseback riding.

Mosaic Peace River Park


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Another area popular with nature lovers is the Circle B Bar Reserve. This 1,275-acre preserve provides the only public access to Lake Hancock, Polk’s fourth-largest lake. From the site entrance on Winter Lake Road east of U.S. 98, it is a leisurely 1.25 mile walk to the shoreline of lake through an oak hammock and a former pasture. A side trail also runs through a marsh where numerous wading birds, waterfowl and bald eagles are likely to be seen. Near the lakeside, beautiful and stately cabbage palms dot the landscape. The trail continues in the shade of cypress, hackberry and red maples growing along the edge of Lake Hancock. As the trail eventually opens up, visitors have a view across the historic Banana Creek marsh system. A trail is now being constructed for visitors to walk the lake. The new trail will be available in 2016.


The City of Bartow has more than 17 park areas within the City limits. For a complete listing, click here.



Bartow's Tour de Tow Is A Scenic Cycling Event in September

     The Scenic Tour de Tow Road Tour held in September is a little slice of cycling heaven on-road tour taking cyclists along the scenic back roads of south Bartow.


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