What's Happening Now In Recreation & Parks!

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Give your child a chance to show their football skills at the free annual punt, pass and kick competition… and maybe pick up some metal for your mantle!  

For 25 years, the Plant City Recreation & Parks Department has partnered with the Plant City Optimist Club to host the annual Optimist Football Tri-Star Punt, Pass & Kick Competition. The competition consists of three skills – punting, passing and place kicking – that are graded for distance and accuracy. The distances, adjusted for accuracy, are totaled for a combined distance, ranking the participant among their age group peers.  

In 2017, over 50 youths took the challenge in five age groups: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 (age is as of the day of event). Girls and boys compete in separate groups. The competition is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex, 2402 East Cherry Street. The participants will register on site and compete anytime between 8:30 and 11:00 am. Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each gender and age category will be announced at 11:30 am. Participants must wear sneakers/tennis shoes – no cleats allowed – and must use the event-provided ball and kicking tee.  

Due to the generous support of the Plant City Optimist Club, this is a FREE event for all area youths! Not only do the Optimist’s provide the awards, but they also come out and handle the registration and grading for the competition. Just show up, sign up and put the ball up!

If you have questions, contact the Recreation & Parks Department at recinfo@plantcitygov.com or call 813-659-4255.


Elementary school children need an outlet to work off some energy after being cooped up in the classroom all day! It is important for them to have structured and productive out-of-school time!

Registration is underway for the Recreation & Parks After School Program!  The group meets every 2018-2019 school day from 2:00 pm (1:00 pm on early release days) to 6:00 pm at the Planteen Recreation Center.  The program offers a supervised and productive activities such as Study Hour homework time, physical outdoor activities and snacks.

The program is offered for the 180 school days.  Other options are available for Fall Break (November 19-21), Winter Break (December 26-January 4) and Spring Break (March 18-22).  Program is closed on city holidays.

The cost is a very reasonable $150 per semester per child (90 school days).  That averages out to only $1.67 a day!  Limited availability for transportation from Bryan, Burney, Jackson, Lincoln and Wilson Elementary Schools is only an additional $25 per semester per child.  Additional fee assessed for late pick-up.

Program information is available here.  You may also contact Planteen Recreation Supervisor Maggie Morona at mmorona@plantcitygov.com or 813-659-4256 for further info.

Don't wait!  Space is limited!

New Community Center

A new Community Center is under development to replace the aging Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.  The design provides the City with its first municipal gymnasium and expanded programming space for all Plant City area residents to enjoy.  We will keep you posted as the process moves forward.

September 17:  While the architects work on the building plans, a request for quotes has been issued for the demolition of the existing building.  A date for demolition will be announced in early October.

July 9:  30% plans and cost estimate are approved by the City Commission and the project gets the green light to move forward.

June 7:  Link to a newspaper article

June 5 - Public Meeting:  Graphics and fly-around animation were presented for public input.  Link to the animation.

May 22 and May 29:  An advisory Group of locals selected by the City Commissioners met with staff and the architects to develop a conceptual plan for the building siting on the property and a potential exterior appearance.

April 23:  Architectural firm selected by the City Commission

March 27:  Proposals from several architectural firms were received and reviews began.

February 12:  City Commission authorized staff to proceed with an RFP for architectural services.

PLANTEEN RECREATION CENTER:  Various programs are offered at the Planteen Recreation Center, 301 Dort Street. 

Click this link for more information about the rec center or contact Recreation Supervisor Maggie Morona at the Planteen at mmorona@plantcitygov.com or 813-659-4256 to get information about the activities at the center!

Planteen 2011
MLK Rec Center

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR RECREATION CENTER:  Various youth and adult programs highlight the offerings at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center, 1601 East Dr. MLK Blvd. 

Click this link for more information about the rec center or contact Recreation Center Coordinator JaVae Ingraham at jingraham@plantcitygov.com.  You can also call the center staff at 813-757-9195 to get information about the activities at the center!
The Plant City Tennis Center offers several youth programs during the school year:
  • Lessons – unless noted differently, normally register early-mid month for the lessons which start the first week of the following month.
    • Jr. Beginner Lessons – ages 8-14 – six classes over three weeks costs only $60 per person.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm. 
    • Tots Beginner Lessons – ages 4-7 – six classes over three weeks costs only $30 per person.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm. 
    • Adult Beginners - six classes over three weeks costs only $60 per person.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45 to 7:45 pm.
    • Team Tennis for Intermediate/Advanced Juniors – $80 per person per month – twice a week, check the Tennis Center for scheduling. 
For more info on these programs and other Plant City Tennis Center offerings, contact Tennis Professional C. Shane Johnson at sjohnson@plantcitygov.com or call the Plant City Tennis Center at 813-707-7485 or 813-707-7486.


food truck
NEW!  MONTHLY PLANT CITY MAIN STREET FOOD TRUCK RALLY:  What a blast several thousand folks had at each of the previous Food Truck Rallies!  Come out to McCall Park in downtown Plant City on the last Friday of each month for the Plant City Main Street Food Truck Rally!  There are lots of food trucks scheduled to participate.  For notice on all the Plant City Main Street happenings, “Like” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/plantcitymainstreet/   (This Plant City Main Street event is an independent program and is not administered by the City of Plant City Recreation & Parks Department.)
SCHOOL FLYER DISTRIBUTION CHANGE:  The Hillsborough County School District has changed their policy on handing out activity flyers to the students.  We are no longer able to hand out paper flyers through the school system.  The schools will now only post the flyers electronically on Peachjar and the schools will have one hard copy at the front desk for reference.  According to the Peachjar website:  Peachjar is the leader in digital flyer management systems used by U.S. school districts, some of the most demanding customers in the world. Our cloud-based platform makes it easy for school districts to deploy and manage their digital flyer approval and delivery system, delivering flyers right to parents' smartphones or e-mail. School districts streamline their flyer operations, save significantly on touch labor and increase the effectiveness of the flyers reaching their intended audience, the parents.  In order to receive our flyers through the school system, parents must receive them through Peachjar.  Each student’s parent/guardian that has provided the school system an e-mail address is registered – contact your school with questions and to provide an e-mail address to receive future school flyers.  We apologize for the potential inconvenience of not receiving the paper flyer from your school, but this is our only way to get the flyers to the students’ parents.  Please spread the word to your friends and forward this newsletter to them so that they get our information.  We encourage everyone to either follow us on social media or provide an e-mail address to us so we can send information to them.
HCSD logo with new flyer distributiion policy WEB2016
Watch the video below, presented by the National Recreation & Parks Association.