Lee County Parks and Recreation has been working on a number of park imrovements this summer to enhance the Lakes Park experience for all visitors. Check out some of what’s been going on.
After having lost more than 300 trees to Hurricane Irma, tree replacement has become an ongoing activity. Parks & Rec Senior Supervisor Joe Debacker recently reported on the planting of a number of black olive trees, aka “Shady Lady”. A total of six of these trees were planted on August 7th.
Also included in this order from Riverland Nursery (a great friend of the park and the Foundation) were 28 (1) gallon containers of Boston ferns. These were planted along the creek that separates the park from the Reflection Key community. Also planted in that area – 50 leather/sword ferns, which will help to discourage fishing in the creek and improve privacy for the residents of Reflection Key.
The Railroad Museum and the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation both contributed toward the purchase of these trees. We’re hoping they grow and thrive and stick around to provide shade to our guests for a long time to come!
Want to help replace trees in Lakes Park? You can help by contributing to our GoFundMe campaign.
This is one of the summer’s improvements that is most dear to the Foundation’s hearts. The Children’s Garden Committee presents StoryTime In The Garden on the second Wednesday of each month from October through April. Pre-schoolers and their parents participate in this free program, where they learn about nature and gardening with an emphasis on reading readiness. Alphabet games, bug hunts, crafts, and other activities keep the children engaged and enthralled.
To make it easier for the Committee to access their StoryTime supplies, the Foundation recently purchased an outdoor storage unit from our partners at Lowe’s. Parks & Rec staff generously assembled the unit and placed it in the Children’s Garden for convenient access to everything – except the crayons! We think they might melt in the Florida heat, so we’ll keep them somewhere cooler.
Many thanks to Parks & Rec for their expertise and skill in putting it together for us!
Scenes from the lake
Lee County Parks & Rec Volunteer Bill Price frequently patrols the park with his camera to capture whatever is new, or interesting, or beautiful. This month, Bill provided some photos that are all three of those things.
As most are aware, the County has been working on the islands in the lake, removing invasive exotic trees and replacing them with natives. The island restoration project began in August 2017 and continued through June 2018. Improvements included reshaping the island and replanting them with native trees that help with water quality. The park is adjacent to Hendry Creek, which in turn feeds Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve.
Bill managed to capture some new cypress trees before and after they were planted on one of the islands. The lake is now quite full; it captures runoff from our summer rains. Since cypress trees appreciate getting their feet wet, it’s a perfect match.
Many thanks to volunteer and photographer Bill Price
for his talent and generosity.
PLEASE MAIL DONATIONS TO:
Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation P.O. Box 61076 Fort Myers, Fl. 33906-1076