Message From the President:
July is National Parks and Recreation Month. Come on out and celebrate with us at Lakes Park!
Lee County is offering free parking at all parks for the weekend of July 31st. Read all about it in this Newsletter.
Summer Camp is going strong and LPEF has assisted campers with Field Trips and a special luncheon. What better way to spend your day then having fun and learning at camp at Lakes Park!
It’s hard to believe that school will start up again in August.
Make sure you read all about our Scarecrows in the Park and prepare to have a family exhibit.
This year’s theme is “Scarecrows in the Park goes to the Movies”.
A couple of weeks ago Lee County lost long time Commissioner Frank Mann to Cancer. Commissioner Mann was a defender of the environment and good friend of Lakes Park and supported everything we did. He will be missed.
NOW’S THE TIME TO BE DREAMING UP YOUR SCARECROW!
|Movie character scarecrows will fill the Children’s Garden Oct. 14 – 30 bringing delight once again to children and adults from 2 to 80 years old! Everyone is invited to participate – companies, schools, families. The entry fee is modest and goes to enhancements for Lakes Park.|
This is a contest with prizes for the winners. The theme this year is a movie character—Marilyn Monroe with a billowing skirt, Dracula, a favorite Disney character, Space Age heroes? Who would you like to showcase? A single figure mounted securely on a pole; creativity encouraged!
Watch for details soon or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glow Google Reviews!
Some recent google reviews about the park. Come check out all we have to offer! Thank you to our visitors now and in the future.
Check out our website for all upcoming events here!
Friendship and Volunteering
July 9th marked the 90th day that Sherry and Dana visited and walked the entire park together. A goal they set to enjoy the parks beauty and give back to the communities as volunteers. Their friendship has helped maintain the beautification of the family garden butterfly greenhouse, and the succulent area across from the train station! Thank you Sherry and Dana.
Interested in volunteering?
There are opportunities on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Fragrance Garden.
Honoring Frank Mann
|All of us at Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, park staff, and volunteers, are deeply saddened by the passing of Commissioner Frank Mann. He was a great friend of the Park. A true supporter of the natural Florida environment. He will be greatly missed. full article on his life and accomplishments here.|
Celebrating National Park & Recreation Month!
|Throughout July, take time to celebrate National Park & Recreation Month by spending time at recreation centers, local parks, on the beach, hiking or visiting a preserve.|
Lakes park with be offering Free parking the weekend of July 30th!
Thank you to our Lee County Park & Recreation team for their commitment to keeping our parks safe and beautiful for constituents to enjoy. Click below to learn more about programs being offered this summer here.
Brand new shaded playground at Lakes Park for the hot Florida summers!
Can you Name these plants?
1st picture is of the Liriope by the entrance in bloom.
2nd picture is of the Ixora in bloom and also in the entrance garden bed.
Bird Patrol Led Nature Walk!
Marie Di Rosa and Gail Campbell were guides for July’s Bird Walk around Lakes Regional Park. Kathy marked the species with an X when there was an unknown number.
25 species total.
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 8
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) X
Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 5
Double-crested Cormorant (Nannopterum auritum) 1
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 5
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 4
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 2
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) X
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) X
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) X Heard in the Bald Cypress
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S114237580
Drone Training at Lakes Park!
Amazon Smile – Buy with intention
If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can help out the Foundation at no cost to you.
The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation is a registered charity with Amazon Smile. For every purchase you make we get a small donation.
Just type in your browser smile.amazon.com or click here.
Sign in, then where it says ‘charity’ type in Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation and start shopping!
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