Parks and Recreation FAQ

Parks and Recreation FAQ

Parks and Recreation - Programs

Are Tampa Parks and Recreation programs open to non-residents?

Yes. Click here to determine if you are a resident.

Can I register for a program online?

That depends on the program. For various reasons, some programs are not available for registration on our website and require you go to that facility directly.

If a program is available online it will say "Available". Please note that all participants must be registered in our software system in order to register in our programs. Additionally, some programs require a RecCard, which can be purchased online after you create your online account.

Do you have scholarships available?

At this time we only have a limited number of scholarships available for Traditional Summer Camp programs through our Friends of Tampa Recreation. For more information, please contact your local community center.

How do I get a free tree?

You may request your free tree by email or by calling (813) 274-7733.

How do I register for a program?

We allow registrations online and in-person. However, we have certain registration periods for both online and in-person registrations as well as for city residents and non-city residents.

We strongly encourage you to register online during your assigned registration period as it can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week at your convenience.

We also recommend that you access your account online or if new to our programs create an online account prior to a registration period to make sure you are familiar with the website and Rec Cards, if required, are valid through the duration of the program.

How does summer registration work?

We have four phases to registration. Phase one is for current, active after school participants. Phase two is for city residents to register, but only online. Phase three allows city residents to register both online and in-person. Lastly, phase four is open registration which means that both residents and non-residents can register online and in-person.

We strongly encourage you to register online during your assigned registration period as it can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week at your convenience. Additionally, we recommend that you access your account online or if new to our programs create an online account prior to registration to make sure you are familiar with the website and Rec Cards are valid through the end of summer camp.

It's raining. Has my league game been cancelled?

The Athletic Office determines if games are called because of weather. Please call (813) 231-5270.

My child attends your after school. Do I have to sign him/her up for summer camp at that same location?

No. Our phase one priority registration for current, active after school participants is not location specific. For example, if a participant attends the after school program at Wellswood Center, they do not have to register for traditional Summer Camp at Wellswood to participate in phase one.

Keep in mind that Traditional Summer Camp locations that are currently not an after school program location are excluded from phase one and will begin registration during phase two. Currently this applies to Davis Islands/Freedman and Hunt.

What is the Tree-mendous Tampa Program?

It is a program that was actually established in 1997 by the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department to enhance neighborhoods and help sustain Tampa's urban forest and shade canopy. Request your free tree today!

When are your registration dates?

Registration dates will vary each year. However, we have three registration periods for all of our programs. Below are estimates on registration periods.

  • Summer: Late March/Early April
  • Fall/Winter (this includes after school): June
  • Winter/Spring: Late October/Early November

These periods do not apply to gymnastics and dance programs as they have their own registration schedule.