Explore Lakes Park
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.
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.
EZ Rider Tours
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. Call for 239-533-7578 to reserve.
The E.Z. Rider is a great experience for the elderly or visitors with medical conditions that limit physical activity and prohibit excessive heat. The tour at Lakes Park can positively impact your elderly loved one by helping them get some fresh air, enjoy the scenery of the Botanic Garden, or bird watch.
While the E.Z. Rider is typically for those who wouldn’t be able to enjoy the span of the park without assistance, reservations are available for all park guests. For more information and to reserve the E.Z. Rider, call 239-533-7578.
News & Events
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Scarecrows Sign Up
“Scarecrows Go to the Movies” will be the theme for the October 2022 event. Start dreaming up your scarecrow now and watch for more info to be posted on lakespark.org in the coming months. Questions? Or want an early announcement, contact us at info at lakespark.org
|Lake Irrigation Update|
Big thanks to a generous donation from the estate of Roger Tosch, the LPEF is able to install an automatic irrigation system in all six acres of gardens except the community garden. The work is slated to be finished by May 6th. When the project is finished, the gardens will no longer being using city water instead the water will be coming from the Lakes. Having a regular automatic irrigation system will make a big change in how the gardens are planted and maintained!
donated by the Naples Botanical Garden
The LPEF is happy to announce the winner of the Naples Botanical Garden Gift Basket is Karen Miller. Karen is a long time volunteer in the Fragrance Garden and we couldn’t be happier that she was the winner. The money raised from this raffle will be used to build a Human Sundial in the Children’s Garden next fall. A special thanks to the Naples Botanical Garden for their generous donation.
Pave the Park
Have you noticed all the engraved bricks throughout the park? For a donation of $100 easily made online, you too can make a lasting memory on a brick to be placed in the Children’s Garden, Rose Garden or on the Train Museum Walk. Each time you visit the park you can see your brick and know that you are helping to beautify Lakes Park.
Scarecrows in the Park 2021 & 2022
Hundreds of park visitors of all ages enjoyed walking through the Children’s Garden October 15 – 31 and seeing the fun scarecrows dressed as favorite book characters. LPEF volunteers and scarecrow builders were happy to create this fun event, a part of the Lakes Park Fall Festival for the community. Winners were chosen, prizes awarded and thanks to our sponsors and Sunrise Rotary funds were raised for our on-going park enhancement Projects.
2022 – “Scarecrows Go to the Movies” will be the theme for the Octover 2022 event. Start dreaming up your scarecrow now and watch for more info to be posted on lakespark.org in the coming months. For questions or to get early announcements, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water Purification Project Underway…
Have you see this boat on the lakes and wonder what is going on? This is a project to add alum to the lake’s surface with the goal of clarifying the water and preventing algae blooms. The alum creates an aluminum hydroxide precipitate which removes phosphorous and particulates from the water as it settles and acts as a barrier to phosphorus being released from sediments. An additional treatment will take place in a few months. Let’s hope it will be successful and make our lakes even more attractive!