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Here’s a round up of what’s new at your Lee County parks, preserves and facilities:
Fort Myers Miracle Diamond Cutters win state Turf Crew Awards
The Fort Myers Miracle “Diamond Cutters” have earned the 2013 Florida State League Sports Turf Crew Municipality Award recognizing the Hammond Stadium grounds crew for their ongoing commitment to excellence in field maintenance. This marks the Hammond Stadium crew’s 15th year winning the Municipality award, given to the best city- or county-operated sports turf crew in the Florida State League.
New state-of-the-art Recreation Center opens in North Fort Myers
Lee County officials and the North Fort Myers community celebrated on Oct. 25, 2013 for the grand opening of the North Fort Myers Recreation Center. Lee County Parks & Recreation’s newest state-of-the-art recreation center started construction in August 2012 in the existing North Fort Myers Community Park. Its 35,000 square feet comprise multipurpose rooms for meetings, youth and adult recreational and educational programs, a fitness center, game room and a gymnasium. The gymnasium has a multipurpose basketball and volleyball courts built to high-level traveling-tournament standards. The center is constructed of concrete, masonry and steel and will serve as a Lee County emergency shelter. The center also has an outdoor covered patio that overlooks a green space for community events and performances.
Lee County and Minnesota Twins Break Ground on Sports Complex Renovations
Renovations include increased seating capacity, upgraded concourses,
improved concessions, a new player development academy and more.
Lee County and the Minnesota Twins have announced they will break ground on the
$48.5 million renovations to the Lee County Sports Complex (LCSC) and Hammond Stadium Oct. 3. The LCSC serves as the Spring Training home of the Twins as well as
the team’s year-round player development operations including the franchise’s Florida State League
affiliate Fort Myers Miracle.
New dog park opens for Lee County pet owners in Lehigh Acres
Lee County Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce that it has opened its newest dog park – called Paws 4 Duty – in Veterans Park in Lehigh Acres, 55 Homestead Road. Paws 4 Duty offers two shaded large off-leash areas; one is for large dogs and the other is for small, shy dogs or puppies that need a smaller space. The park features water and shower stations as well as waste removal stations, and there are public restrooms for pet owners nearby.
The Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve were the 2013 honoree for the Eco-Innovation Chrysalis Award
As part of National Travel and Tourism week, the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce honored eight local individuals and businesses at the 4th annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon & Trade Show at Harborside Event Center.The trade show & luncheon celebrated the value of tourism as a major economic engine for the county.
The 2013 honorees were recognized for their positive impact on the local community:
- Sales & Marketing: Offshore Sailing School
- Eco-Innovation: Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
- Education: Foundation for Lee County Public Schools
- Sports: Minnesota Twins
- Cultural Achievement: Broadway Palm
- Sustainability: Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
- Business Development: LeeSar, Inc.
- John Naylor, The Naylor Group
The Chrysalis Awards signify the development of a partnership between the business and tourism communities.
“The Chrysalis Awards honor the hardworking members of our community who drive tourism, fuel job growth and continue to make Lee County an ideal place for visitors,” said VCB Executive Director Tamara Pigott.
More than 60 nominees were judged within their respective categories. Winners were chosen based on how they distinguished themselves in the community, along with their efforts to promote the destination, contribute to business and tourism partnerships for the county and foster growth and sustainability.
Junonia Award recipient John Naylor was acknowledged for his 21 years of dedicated efforts on behalf of tourism, education, leadership, visioning, and community support. He has volunteered with numerous local committees and associations related to tourism, along with business and academic entities, during his career.
The Junonia Awards were created by the VCB in 2006 and recognize individuals who demonstrate leadership and dedication throughout the local tourism community.
Want to make a positive impact on the community from the comfort of your home? Then check out the new “Lee County Town Hall” virtual public forum at www.leecountytownhall.com. This interactive website invites residents to share opinions and ideas on proposed county projects. The registration process is free and easy to share your own ideas and support those you like. Lee County decision-makers will be listening.