Polk County Parks Logo 2018 - Copy105 N Peak St
PO Box 308
Columbus NC 28722
8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri
(828) 894-8199
(828) 894-2646 (pool, in-season only)


Due to the governor's Stay In Place Order, all county offices will be closed to the public through April 30 beginning Monday, March 30. This includes Stearns Gym. We have to evaluate how to distribute refunds for those who paid in cash and will let everyone know Monday or Tuesday.
For more information or updates, call us at 828-894-8199. 

ATTENTION: The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has suspended all interscholastic sports until May 16. Polk County Recreation is following suit and as a result, all of our spring sports seasons have been cancelled. Refunds will be given in the manner received: checks will be destroyed and credit card payments will be returned to your card. If you paid by cash, you can pick up your cash refund at Stearns on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; call when you arrive and we will walk out to your vehicle. Thank you for understanding. Please call if you have any questions. Stay safe and active...we can't wait until we can see everyone's smiling faces again!

Permítanos pasar por el papeleo para fútbol y beisbol; Los reembolsos en efectivo estarán disponibles a partir del LUNES 30 DE MARZO. Los reembolsos ahora están disponibles para béisbol y voleibol.

ATENCIÓN: La Asociación Atlética de la Escuela Secundaria de Carolina del Norte ha suspendido todos los deportes interescolares hasta el 16 de mayo. Recreación del Condado de Polk está siguiendo su ejemplo y, como resultado, todas nuestras temporadas deportivas de primavera han sido canceladas. Los reembolsos se realizarán de la manera recibida: los cheques serán destruidos y los pagos con tarjeta de crédito serán devueltos a su tarjeta. Si pagó en efectivo, puede retirar su reembolso en efectivo en Stearns los lunes, miércoles y viernes; llame cuando llegue y saldremos hacia su vehículo. Gracias por entender. Por favor, llame si tiene alguna pregunta. Manténgase seguro y activo ... ¡no podemos esperar hasta que podamos ver las caras sonrientes de todos nuevamente!

Note: Please make sure your pop-ups are not blocked.
1) If your child has not participated in any Polk Rec program before, create an account for yourself, and then add family members to your family's account. If thye have, please call us for your username and password; your family already has an account set up.
2) Please do not create separate accounts for each family member. Once you have everyone on your account, you can register for our programs, pay with credit cards, and see our program calendar online!
3) Please call us if you have any questions, if you cannot remember your username or password, or if you need to add more than one child to your account.


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E-Mail: recreation@polknc.org

Laura Baird, Interim Director

E-Mail: lbaird@polknc.org

Letoya Twitty, Athletics Coordinator
E-Mail: ltwitty@polknc.org


We have a small wish list for the Recreation Department, if anyone would like to donate:

~Play-Doh or clay
~intact board games
~outside group game equipment

~crafting supplies
~K'nex, Littlest Pet Shop, & Legos

PLEASE make sure all the pieces are included in whatever items you donate.

Any questions, please email lbaird@polknc.org. Thank you for your continued support!

Our  Mission

To provide and maintain optimum recreational opportunities for the citizens of Polk County through its parks, facilities and programs. Facilities include Stearns Gym, Gibson Park and pool in Columbus, Searcy Park and Recreation Complex in Mill Spring.



Checking out the garden
Inspecting the students' garden at Sunny View Elementary, 2019