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Explore Lakes Park

Get Involved

Help us improve our park! Volunteer, donate or attend our fundraising events.


Join our fabulous volunteer community to support maintenance and expansion of the Lakes Park Gardens, including the Fragrance Garden, the Community Garden, and the Children’s Garden.


Raised funds will go for enhancements throughout the park, such as rebuild garden beds in the Community Garden, expansion of the irrigation system in the Botanic Garden, improved educational signage along the trails and continued enhancements to the Children’s Garden.

Community Garden

Are you a gardener but don’t have the space for veggies? Rent one of our Community Garden beds! You will be surrounded by fellow gardeners and a beautiful park. Tools are available and beds come well amended. Rental period is one year.

News & Events

E.Z Rider Tours

Back up and running!

At the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, we believe that everyone should benefit from the beauty and fun at Lakes Park, which is why we created and are funding the E.Z. Rider Lakes Park Assisted Tour Service! The E.Z. Rider is a six-passenger golf cart available to guests of Lakes Park by advance reservation which transports individuals and families who could not otherwise enjoy the park.

Lakes Park Calendar

Wondering what’s Happening in Lakes Park? From volunteer days to no park fee weekends, Check out our Calendar here for more info.


The Train Museum of South Florida, who operates the Lakes Park railroad, has just purchased a new electric powered locomotive. It resembles the full size restored engine 143 and it has sound effects like a real train.
The train runs Monday – Fridays from 10am until 2pm and on weekends and County Holidays from 10am – 4pm
New Garden beds!
Here is Dan Flavin and other volunteers prepping the forms to make new concrete boards for the new style of raised garden beds.
There will be more photo opportunities as these beds are installed.
Story Time in the Children’s Garden at Lakes Park – April update

After a few rainy days, the sun came out to shine on the April 13th Story Time in the Children’s Garden! It was another big turnout, with over 50 parents and kids enjoying songs, stories and art projects all featuring LADY BUGS!!

Geared for an audience of 2 to 5-year-olds, we welcome you to join us on Thursday, May 11th at 10:30 am for our last StoryTime of this season. Are you ready to go on a bear hunt??
Bird Patrol Led Nature Walks
1st Saturday of every month!
Next Walk June 3rd!
Tour is FREE with PAID PARKING. Parking is $1/hour or $5/all day.
WHEN:  8 A.M. the FIRST Saturday of every month. Please arrive a few minutes before 8 A.M.
Walks start promptly at 8 A.M.

WHERE:  LAKES REGIONAL PARK, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, Fl. 33908

Please meet at Shelter A7. Enter Lakes Park gate from Gladiolus. Turn right. Drive to end of road, continue through the parking lot. Shelter A7 is located near the Train Station. 

INFORMATION:  Call (239)533-7275 

Please wear comfortable shoes and dress to be outside. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars.

All are welcome.
Volunteer work in the park!
Creating art from Ian debris and donated materials. We have cleaned out the pond, repaired the shed, installed new bricks, and spread mulch. We are continue to sell plants to raise money for the park.

The Wheel Fun Update

The wheel of fun will is open! check out their website here. From their site

“Staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. Outdoor recreation is a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air, and stay active. Low-contact outdoor activities like bike riding are great ways for people to get their bodies moving, as stated by the CDC.

Rent a bike or boat at the premier recreational rental spot Wheel Fun Rentals. Featuring 25 years of experience, excellent customer service, Swan pedal boats, pedal boats, kayaks, electric boats, cruiser bikes, specialty cycles and way more! Enjoy delicious food from the Whistle Stop! 

At Wheel Fun Rentals at Lakes Regional Park, we have two fantastic locations to rent bikes & boats at Ft. Myers’ favorite park – one at the Whistle Stop Ice Cream Shoppe (near the Train Ride), and the other by the beach near the main entrance.”


Dear Friends of Lakes Park,

Its official, Spring has arrived! Can you believe March is almost over and Easter and Passover are around the corner!?
Lakes Park is in full swing and everyone is enjoying the gorgeous weather.
Lots of news so please read the stories that follow.  We held our first Story Time for the little ones and over 50 people attended!  Check the dates of the next one.  The Farmer’s market is a beloved event every Wednesday and we are working on carrying it through to June. Make sure you join us for the Ding Darling Carnival. We will be planting 30 new trees in the park in honor of Earth Day.  If you haven’t seen the new Police Memorial stop by the entrance to the Children’s Garden, and it is just on your right.  The Train will run the Easter Bunny Express this year and everyone is looking forward to that.  You are never too old to enjoy a train ride through the park.  Garden Beds are looking good, thanks to our wonderful Volunteers and Staff.
The park is in great shape so come out and enjoy the beauty and the birds and all our plants and critters.  
Our supporters have been very generous and as a result we are able to keep supporting the park with all that we do.
Thanks to all of our patrons and supporters!

See you there,
Barbara Manzo
President LPEF