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)


FILL OUT OUR NEW COMMUNITY SURVEY! This is your chance to tell us what you want from Polk County Parks and Recreation in the future. Here is the link:


Click here to visit our online registration portal!

Note: Please make sure your pop-ups are not blocked.
1) Create an account for yourself, and then add family members to your family's account.
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.

Become A Sponsor

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Jerry Stensland,
Recreation Director

E-Mail: recreation@polknc.org

Laura Baird, Program Administrator; Day Camp Co-Director

E-Mail: lbaird@polknc.org

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

Katie Elliott, Day Camp Co-Director


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

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

~children's DVD's (no higher rating than PG, please)
~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.



Summer Day Camp
Summer Day Camp Gardening Trip, 2015