What's Happening Now In Recreation & Parks!

Welcome to the Recreation & Parks Department web pages!  On this page there are several categories to help you navigate to what you are looking for.  Just click on the subject in the menu you wish to explore or, if there is an arrow beside the subject, just hover your mouse over the subject and a menu will pop out with more detailed links.

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FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/pcrecandparks

TWITTER:   https://twitter.com/pcrecandparks

SMART PHONE APP:  Search the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for the free City of Plant City app!

Come out and complete your last minute Holiday shopping with some of our local crafters and Independent Consultants from Avon, Jamberry, LuLaRoe, and more!  Check out the details here!
Planteen Ladies Holiday Bazaar 2016
hoola hoops ring photo 2016
Get into the “swing” of things in our Hoop Fitness class.  This American Council on Exercise approved health and fitness program pairs Hoops with mindful movements.  For all levels, no experience necessary.  Click here to get all the details! 
Our youth are the future of our world and, if handled properly, youth sport programs help build self confidence, team work and give our youths a solid foundation for life. The video linked below is sponsored by the Positive Coaching Alliance - Tampa Bay. Take a moment to watch the video and please share it with others. #KeepKidsInTheGame

To watch the video, run time 1:11, click this link:  www.KeepKidsInTheGame.org
KeepKidsInTheGame video cover
Planteen 2011

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!

Click here for the schedule of
December 2016 activities at the Planteen!

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.  Offerings during November include:  Glory Days for Senior Citizens (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – 9:00 am to 12:00pm), MLK Afterschool Program (Monday through Friday – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm), Christmas in the Park – Pre-Registration (weekdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – event is December 17), Computer & Tablet Classes – Pre-registration (Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm) and Video Game Tournaments every third Sunday of the each month.  Recreation Supervisor Lillie Brown (lbrown@plantcitygov.com) and Center Coordinator JaVae Ingraham (jingraham@plantcitygov.com) continue to provide the same services at the center that have helped youngsters and adults for over 50 years.  Give Lillie or JaVae a call at 813-757-9195 to get information on the schedule of activities at the center! 
MLK Rec Center
TENNIS CENTER CLASSES:  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.
    • Youth Beginner Lessons – ages 8-16 – six classes over three weeks costs only $50 per person.  Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 
    • Tots Beginner Lessons – ages 4-7 – six classes over three weeks costs only $25 per person.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm. 
    • Team Tennis for Intermediate/Advanced Juniors – $80 per person per month – twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 
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.
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
food truck
NEW!  MONTHLY PLANT CITY MAIN STREET FOOD TRUCK RALLY:  What a blast several thousand folks had at the previous Food Truck Rallies!  Come out to McCall Park in downtown Plant City on Friday night, November 25 from 5-9 pm for the Plant City Main Street Food Truck Rally!  This is the third of monthly food truck rallies on the last Friday evening of every month (except December).  There are 12 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.)

NEW!  OTHER NOVEMBER/DECEMBER COMMUNITY EVENTS – click the link for more info:

  • 4th Annual United Food Bank Turkey Drive - Food Bank office, 702 E Alsobrook St - November 1-23 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm - desperate need for 10-12 pound turkeys.  they have the fixin's, just need the turkeys!  All donations stay here in East Hillsborough County... neighbors helping neighbors!
  • 39th Annual Pioneer Heritage Day – 1914 Plant City High School Community Center – Saturday, November 12 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm – Entertainment, hayrides, food, bake sale, face painting, bounce house, crafts, vendors.
  • 6th Annual Empty Bowls Project – Union Station Depot – Saturday, November 12 – 11:00 am to 1:30 pm – United Food Bank of Plant City fundraiser.
  • 14th Annual Suncoast Credit Union Plant City Pig Jam - Randy L. Larson Softball Four-Plex - Friday November 18 5p-10p and Saturday November 19 10a-5p - Great food, fun for the kids, 5 live bands on 2 stages, fireworks on Friday night at 9 pm.  This is a State of Florida BBQ Championship, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society with professional and amateur competitors.  Free admission, $5 parking.  Sponsored by the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - downtown McCall Park - Thursday, December 1 - 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  The South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation and the City of Plant City co-sponsor this traditional family event that is open to the community and free of charge. (No tickets are required). Enjoy holiday music by local choirs and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Lights begin at $25 each and must be purchased in advance to be listed in the printed program.  More info:  Jana Butler 813-757-8478
  • Christmas Parade - downtown Plant City - Friday, December 2 - 7:00 pm.

Papa Ron's Cajun
Rollin Zoinks
Sawadee Thai
Whatever Pops (cart only
(These community events are independent programs and are not administered by the City of Plant City Recreation & Parks Department.)

Watch the video below, presented by the National Recreation & Parks Association.