Parks and Recreation FAQ

Are staff members required to wear masks?

Yes. We are requiring all staff to wear masks during their work day.

Are you offering early drop off or late pick up?

No. Children will need to be dropped off between 7:30 am and 9:00 am and picked up between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm.

Can I just drop off my child at camp?

No. Children will need to be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. The check-in process will be done via car line or parent walk up, following spacing guidelines. When children get dropped off, temperatures will be checked and if the child has a fever, they will not be able to stay for summer camp.

How are staff members ensuring social distancing for children throughout the day?

Children will be placed in groups of 9 or less. Staff will remain actively engaged with children in order to enforce social distancing guidelines for maintaining 6 feet of space. Staff will use visible tools for children like hula-hoops, poly dots and approved tape to mark the 6 feet distances.

While seated at tables, students will be seated at opposite ends (head of table) with no more than 2 per table.

How is residency determined?

Those that reside within the City of Tampa limits are considered to be residents. To check residency status you can visit My Tampa Services, enter your address, and it will let you know if you are a resident or not. Another way to find out is to check your blue trash bin! If it has the City of Tampa logo, then you are a resident.

How is staff cleaning the facility (including surfaces and toys)?

The cleaning and disinfecting routine are done multiple times per day. Frequently touched objects and surfaces will be wiped with sanitizer and allowed to dry for 10 minutes before reusing the area.

After a child has played with a toy, it will be placed into a designated area for sanitizing. When toys are properly sanitized, they will be made available for play once again.

How is the lottery going to work if I have more than one child to register?

Our registration software allows for a buddy system where you will be able to link siblings in the same household account. If one of your children is selected, the siblings will also be chosen, as long as they were linked at the time of the lottery enrollment.

How will I be notified my child was selected from the lottery?

Staff will contact families who have been selected by the lottery spin.

I had a Rec Card before the centers and facilities closed. Am I going to be compensated for the time I wasn’t able to use the Rec Card?

Yes. All pass holders who had an active Rec Card between March 16, 2020 and June 30, 2020, have had 180 days added to their Rec Card.

If you are having limited capacities, how is registration being done?

Our two-week Summer Kickoff Camp registration will be done as a lottery. When you register you are putting your child into a lottery pool. Once the registration period is over for the lottery pool, our registration system will conduct a lottery spin and randomly select children to be selected for enrollment into our summer camp.

For our REC Summer Camp, registration will begin on June 8 at 6:00 p.m. More details will be released later.

Is it safe for my child to participate?

The City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department is taking extra precautions to effectively ensure the health and well-being of all children who participate in our summer camps. New policies and procedures have been created to ensure our facilities are properly sanitized. Measures are also being taken to socially distance the children at all times.

Is there any priority registration?

We will not be having any priority registration this year. 

My child is immunocompromised, can they attend?

Our summer camp is open to all children between the ages of 5-12. Even though we take every necessary precaution for the safety of all the participants, we strongly suggest you give careful thought to enrolling your child in our summer camp. Regardless of the steps taken to keep things disinfected, there is still a risk of exposure.

My child was in your after school program before the centers closed down. Will they automatically be enrolled in summer camp or do I get priority registration?

No.  We will not be having priority registration. All interested parents/guardians should register for lottery enrollment between Tuesday, May 26, 9 a.m. and Wednesday, May 27, 11:59 p.m.

What are the chances I will win the lottery for summer camp?

The chances for selection is dependent on how many register for the lottery. Therefore, we cannot say what your chances are for selection.

What are the eligible ages to participate in summer camp?

Age starts at 5, where they must have turned 5 by September 1, 2019, through 12 years old.

What are the hours for summer camp?

Our hours for summer camp will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for both Summer Kickoff Camp and REC Summer Camps.

Children will need to be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and picked up between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

What is the fee for summer camp?

We understand many families are struggling financially, therefore our 2020 summer camp programs will be free of charge.

What safety measures will be in place?

We are adhering to guidelines of the CDC, local and state health departments, and best practices of the Florida Recreation and Parks Association.

No parent/guardian will have access to the building.  Check-in and check out will be done via car line or parent walk up, following spacing guidelines. When children get dropped off, temperatures will be checked and if the child does not have a fever, they will be able to access the building after sanitizing their hands. Each child will have their own separate supply pack on site.

Staff will also have their temperatures taken before entering, they will follow CDC guidelines, and will wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE). They will clean and sanitize the building, materials, and equipment on an ongoing basis.

Hand sanitizers will be available at sites and outdoor washing stations will be used following hygiene recommendations.

What types of activities will be offered at the camps?

Camp activities will not be like years past, but we have new games that follow social distancing guidelines.  Since there are no field trips, we will offer virtual field trips.

Since we will not have instructors come to our facilities, instructor lead art, music, athletics, and other activities through virtual learning.  For more information, call our Summer Hotline at (813) 274-3345.

When is Summer Camp registration?

For our two-week Summer Kickoff Camp registration will be by lottery and will take place May 26, 9 am to May 27, 11:59 pm.

For REC Summer Camp registration will start on June 8, 6 pm.

Which locations will have summer camp?

Summer Kickoff Camp will be offered at eight sites: Copeland Center, Dr. MLK Complex, Forest Hills Center, Jackson Heights Center, Loretta Ingraham Center, Police Athletic League, Port Tampa Center, and Springhill Center.

REC Summer Camp will have additional sites that will be released later.

Who can register for summer camp?

Only City of Tampa residents will be able to register. To determine if you are a City resident visit My Tampa Services.

Will my child have to wear a face mask?

Although face masks are not required we strongly encourage it.

Will the City of Tampa offer Stay and Play this summer?

Stay and Play will be offered at select sites with limited numbers for teens 13 to 18 years old.

Will there be a summer camp?

Yes, although it will be a little different than in past years. From June 1 to 12 we will have Summer Kickoff Camp. Beginning June 15 we will offer our traditional Recreate, Educate, Create (REC) Summer Camp. Both camps will be offered at select sites with limited registration in order to follow social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC, and local and state health agencies.

We will not be having specialty camps this year.

Will there be field trips?

No. Your child’s safety is our priority and we do not want to expose them to environments we can’t control.

Will there be financial assistance?

No, since the program is being provided free of charge. We will not be offering financial assistance.

Will there be inclusive programming?

No, there will be no specialty camps.

Will there be specialty camps?

Currently, there are no specialty camps scheduled.

Will you provide lunches?

Free breakfast and lunch programs will be offered at the majority of our summer camp locations.  Please call one of the summer camp locations for more information.

Children will still be able to bring their lunches and snacks from home.  They will be kept in separate cubbies. 

Children will be provided with water bottles that will also be kept in separate cubbies and sent home for washing each day.