Public parks and playgrounds in Lakeland, FL

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For our next trick, we’ll make your desire to stay inside disappear. ? Before we work some magic on your public park proficiency, let’s start with a pop quiz: do you know how many public parks Lakeland has to offer?

If you guessed 70+, you’re right (and we’re impressed).

And, while we can’t cover all 70, we can hit the highlights — From public pools to dog parks, we’re here to help you find your next outdoor adventure.


  • Common Ground Playground, 1000 E. Edgewood Dr. | The first “inclusive play” experience in Polk County, this playground is accessible for kids of all ability levels.
  • Handley Park, 1419 Phyllis St. | Bring the family to enjoy the new playground equipment, installed in Nov. 2020.
  • Fletcher Park, 800 US 98 South, | Multiple playgrounds, a soccer field + a skatepark ensure there’s something for everyone at this Lake Bonny area park.
Woman walking a trail through trees.

Peterson Park walking trail | Photo courtesy of @matthewcummiskey

Walking trails

Public pools

2 puppies on a park bench

Pups taking a break at Douglas M. Cook Park | Photo courtesy of @sushiinthesunshinestate

Dog Parks

Just in time for Memorial Day. Pick your favorite park from this list, or choose one of the other 60+ options and enjoy the holiday. All public parks will be open for Memorial Day.