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Office Location:
Chain O' Lakes Complex
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880

Contact Information:
Phone: (863) 291-5656
Fax: (863) 291-5660

The Parks and Recreation Athletics Unit is comprised of the DiamondPlex Softball Complex, Winter Haven Tennis Courts, "Rowdy" Gaines Olympic Pool and Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center (WHRCC) swimming pools. The Unit is responsible for development and implementation of youth and adult athletic programs, coordination for tournaments and competitions, and serves as a liaison with area youth sports leagues.

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The ‘Rowdy’ Gaines Olympic Pool has an Olympic size (25 yards x 50 meters) competitive pool, which is 4 feet deep on each end and 6 1/2 feet in the middle. This pool has competitive starting blocks and is used for competitive swimming, swim instruction and recreational use. In addition, there is a separate diving well with two 1-meter and two 3-meter spring boards. Both pools are heated and remain open throughout the year.

The Winter Haven Recreation & Cultural Center (WHRCC) pool is an “L” shaped pool measuring 25 yards x 25 meters. The pool is used for swim instruction and recreational use from mid-May through August.

For more information on aquatics, please click on the Aquatics link here.

DiamondPlex Softball Complex

DiamondPlex opened in May 1998. This award-winning complex boasts such unique features as red crushed-limestone warning tracks, scoreboards equipped with game clocks, modern lighting, and permanent bleachers with seating for 1,200 spectators. The facility includes four 300-foot fields and one 210-foot field. The latter is the permanent home of the Polk State College Women's Softball Team and is contiguous to an area that includes batting cages, bullpens, as well as a women's locker room and showers. Other unique features include a press room, meeting facilities and a playground. DiamondPlex hosts adult and youth amateur tournaments.

For rental/tournament information or to inquire about umpire opportunities, please contact Cameron Stevens or Scott Eilers at 298-7687.


For more information on adult and youth athletics, please click on the Athletics link here.


If tennis is your swing, we have the place for you.  The Winter Haven Tennis Courts offers 11 lighted hard courts.  In addition, the facility has qualified staff to help you net the top level of your game.  Leagues, group and private lessons, open play and a well stocked pro-shop are all available.

For more information on the Winter Haven Tennis Courts, please click on the Tennis link here.


Parks and Recreation:

Travis Edwards, CPRP
Parks & Recreation Director

Quin Betancourt
Parks & Rec. Executive Assistant

Andy Palmer, CPRP
Recreation Superintendent

Scott Eilers
Athletics Superintendent





City Hall:  451 Third St. NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881    tel: (863) 291-5600


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