Citizen involvement is very important element to the success of Lee County Parks and Recreation. The Advisory Committees and Friends Boards are made up of citizens who have their finger on the pulse of the community. Staff regularly attends meetings with other Parks and Recreation agencies to discuss common goals, objectives and needs. Our regular meeting with the other City Departments and the School District of Lee County also help keep everyone informed. Every supervisor and manager meets regularly with groups (such as the Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough, Friends of Matanzas Pass among others) in their areas and addresses the specific needs of their individual community.
Lee County Parks and Recreation has several advisory boards and Committees that assist with the operation of the department. The Lee County Board of County Commissioners appoints members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
All members of the Advisory Board, Foundations and Friends groups are a part of Lee County Parks and Recreation Volunteer Program. In 2006, Parks and Recreation had a total of 963 volunteer staff and processed 230 new volunteer staff this past year. The total volunteer staff hours worked during the year was 48,155.65 hours calculated equivalent savings of $611,447.23 for Lee County Parks and Recreation.
This is a list of many of the advisory board, foundations and friends groups that citizens of Lee County can serve on:
- Aquatics Advisory Committee
- Parks & Rec. Advisory Committee
- Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation
- Bay Oaks Advisory Committee
- Conservation Lands Acquisition
- Stewardship Committee
- Community Tennis Association (Lee County Tennis Association Wins Award)
- Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
- Friends of Matanzas Pass Preserve
- Friends of Boca Grande
- Railroad Museum of S. Florida, Lakes Park
- Project Lee County, Coalition for Independent & Families First
- Waterway Advisory Committee
- Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Metropolitan Planning Organization
This is a list of our many county-wide citizen groups and organizations that Lee County Parks and Recreation partners with on a regular basis.
- Community Tennis Association (CTA)
- Edison Sailing Center
- Southwest Florida Welcome Guide-Map
- Southwest Florida Visitor Center
- First Serve (First Serve Lee County makes the National First Serve website)
- Lee County Archers
- Fort Myers Rebels (Pop Warner Football)
- Cypress Lake Hornets (Pop Warner Football)
- Lehigh Raiders (Pop Warner Football)
- Fort Myers American Little League
- South Fort Myers Little League
- Greater Ft. Myers Soccer Assoc.
- N. Ft. Myers Soccer Assoc.
- Latin American Soccer League
- San Carlos Park Roller Hockey Assoc.
- AAU Softball
- Perfect Game
- Babbitt Baseball
- Roy Hobbs Baseball
- Pine Island Little League
- Lehigh Little League
- Ultimate Frisbee Club
- Swim Florida Swim Teams (Aquatic Boosters)
- Train Village At Lakes Park
- Gateway Bucks (Pop Warner Football)
- Lee County Shuffleboard Club
- Estero/San Carlos Mustangs (Pop Warner)
- N. Ft. Myers Pop Warner Football Club
- Buckingham Wildcats (Pop Warner Football)
- Buckingham Little League
- San Carlos Park Little League
- San Carlos Park Soccer league
- Lehigh Acres Soccer Assoc.
- San Carlos Park Bridge Club
- Pan American Soccer League
- AAU Baseball
- Union Printers Baseball
- Best Baseball
- Bay Oaks Little League
- North Ft. Myers Little League
- Alva Little League
- YMCA of Lee County
- Florida Mudcutters Mountain Bike Club
- FGCU Aquatic Center
- Gulfcoast Swim Team
- Gateway Soccer League
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
- Friendship Volunteer Center
Lee County Parks and Recreation feel that citizen involvement helps create ownership and accountability among citizens who then go out and promote programs, provide outreach, speak to the board of commissioners, raise money, create newsletters, raise public awareness and provide public support.
Lee County Parks and Recreation involves its participants in the program planning process is a variety of ways. As you have reviewed, there are many ad hoc groups, non-profit groups/foundations and advisory committees associated with our department. In many cases, participants make their needs known through the recreation programs assessment questionnaire, via their representative on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, on-line comment cards, direct staff interaction, needs assessment, or through one of the various groups.
Meeting the needs of our great community is important to Lee County Parks and Recreation and through Citizen Involvement we are a stronger agency.