|LAKES REGIONAL PARK|
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7330 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL
SHELTER RENTALS 239-533-7275 <br>Park Supervisors: <br>Dan Lott 239-533-7580 Sun-Thur and <br>Mary Beth Krause 239-533-7576 Tue-Sat
Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation
Free Guided Walks
Regional Parks Map
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Lakes Park FAQ
Land Stewardship Plan
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Lakes Regional Park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week.
The Water Features are open from 9 a.m. to a half hour before sunset during Daylight Savings Time and are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during standard time. The water features close daily from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for maintenance.
Lakes Park offers a day of fun for the whole family. Activities and amenities include picnic shelters, a lodge, wedding gazebo, and amphitheater, running and cycling trails, outdoor fitness equipment, splash pad water features, bicycle and boat rentals, train rides, a fragrance garden, community garden and special events.
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This 279-acre facility features 158-acres of freshwater quarry lake. The lake, with depths ranging from a few inches to 20 feet, boasts good fishing for bass, bream and other fresh and saltwater species. The lake also supports an array of wildlife, including the American Alligator. A variety of birds including Ibis, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants and Anhingas will offer good bird watching and photographic opportunities.
Throughout the park the exotic vegetation such as Australian Pine, Brazilian Pepper and Melaleuca have been removed and replanted with native species that will attract and support a more diverse population of wildlife. We welcome people with disabilities and will comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
Lakes Park began as a man-made area where rock was quarried during the 1960's. The water comes from groundwater influx, surface water run-off and rainfall. The depth varies from a few inches to over 20 feet. It covers 158 acres of the 279 acre facility. It was purchased by the County in 1978. In 1982 ground was broken and it was developed for recreational use with the official "Grand Opening" on April 21, 1984.
The basic facility has remained relatively unchanged since then with a few exceptions. In 1991 the "Fragrance Garden" was introduced and has grown from a small area of fragrant herbs, flowers and plants to a botanical type status with wide variety of plants, trees, shrubs and ground cover. In addition to this a "Memory Lane" was also started. This is achieved by monetary donations which dedicate Trees, shrubs, plants or benches to the memory of loved ones that are designated by plaques. The Lakes Park Botanic Garden is in the conceptual phase. Fred Johnson, former Planning Manager for Lee County Parks, and Greg Diserio, Partner at David Jones Jr. and Associates, collaborated on the project. A presentation meeting was held on March 19th at Lakes Park. The concept plan will be available to view soon. In 1992 the re-alignment of Gladiolus Drive brought changes to the entrance of the facility and initiated the process of exotic vegetation removal and the replanting of native species, which continues today. In 1995 the "MiniatureRailroad" opened for business. This is a scale model railroad that offers a 15 minute ride through the northern areas of the park. The ride runs beside the lake, through a tunnel and past several displays, such as scale villages, towns and natural areas.
In 2004 the LakesPark Enrichment Foundation a 501.C3 non for profit group was formed. This organization is organized by Lee County business leaders along with dedicated citizens who recognize Lakes Park as an extremely important green area in Lee County. This foundation is dedicated to helping restore Lakes Park to a native Florida wildlife environment through assisting Lee County Parks & Recreation with the implementation of its Master Plan. The plan includes themed areas of native vegetation, additional meandering boardwalks, paths and nature trails through the Lakes preserve and new park amenities. In 2014, three outdoor total body fitness stations were added to offer dozens of exercise options, from basic stretching and stair steps to more strenuous pull-ups and squats. Two more stations will be added along the biking and jogging trail once donations are secured. This equipment also includes fitness guides for beginners and advanced athletes, suggested daily workout schedules and accompanying videos that users can view from a smart phone.
Overall, the future restoration and enhancements will create an even more attractive wildlife environment for the community to enjoy. If you are interested in being a member of this group to help restore and preserve this beautiful park please call 239-533-7575 extension 5 or visit Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation.