Tampa holding lottery for free summer kickoff camp

Registration for the camp for children ages 5-12 ends Wednesday at midnight
Tampa announced a lottery for a free two-week summer camp on Friday.
Tampa announced a lottery for a free two-week summer camp on Friday. [ Times ]
Published May 22, 2020|Updated May 26, 2020

TAMPA — The city will hold a free two-week summer camp for children ages 5-12.

Camp participants will be selected by a lottery.

The summer kickoff camp is part of Mayor Jane Castor’s Lift Up Local program designed to help businesses and residents cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will run the camp June 1-12 on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at eight sites around the city. Only city residents are eligible, according to a news release. Younger children must have completed kindergarten to attend the camp.

Residents can register for the camp lottery until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Instructions are available at

The camps will follow state, local and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on sanitization, social distancing and screening.

Summer Kickoff Camp will be held at the following locations:

  • Copeland Center, 11001 N 15th St., 33612
  • Dr. MLK Complex, 2200 N Oregon Ave., 33607
  • Forest Hills Center, 724 W 109th St., 33612
  • Jackson Heights Center, 3310 E Lake Ave., 33610
  • Loretta Ingraham Center, 1615 N Hubert Ave., 33607
  • Police Athletic League, 1924 W Diana St., 33604
  • Port Tampa Center, 4702 W McCoy St., 33616
  • Springhill Center, 1000 E Eskimo Ave., 33607

For more information on these programs and safety measures being taken, visit the Parks and Recreation Frequently Asked Questions and select the “COVID” category at or call the Summer Hotline at 813-274-3345.

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