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Editorial | #WhereYouBelong

By Staff | Jul 5, 2024

The current controversies concerning redevelopment projects proposed for Jaycee Park and the Yacht Club illustrate one thing that even city officials should view as a positive: The residents of Cape Coral are invested in their city parks.

We use them.

We love them.

We claim our favorites as our own.

This is not a bad thing but a sign the city has created not only a public parks system but a public parks system.

City parks span across some 40 locations and nearly 1,600 acres.

Scattered throughout the Cape, they offer a broad range of amenities and infrastructure from playgrounds, courts, sports fields, green space, walking paths, boat ramps and even a public golf course to youth, general recreation and senior centers and buildings for the arts, theater and an historical museum.

City parks range in type from small neighborhood playgrounds with swings and slides to the dedicated Veterans Memorial at Eco Park with its iconic replica of the Iwo Jima Monument and the dedications designed to recognize and honor those who have served our country through the U.S. armed services.

Some, like Jaycee Park and the Yacht Club, have histories.

Others, like Festival Park, which will have its long-waited groundbreaking on July 26 and will bring an outdoor concert venue, amphitheater and more sports fields, are part of the Cape’s future.

Parks are more than land and infrastructure, though.

Cape Coral also takes pride in emphasizing the “recreation” aspect of its Parks & Rec Department.

From organizing major events to program offerings for all age groups, it emphasizes “It starts in parks!”

If we’re talking about hometown activities, indeed it does.

The city of Cape Coral kicked off National Parks & Recreation Month Thursday with its July 4th street party spectacular, Red, White & BOOM!

Other events will include free tours of the Butterfly House at Rotary Park starting July 8, a free gallery reception at the Cape Coral Art Center on July 12, a free block party on July 13 at the William B. Austen Youth Center, a free ice cream social on July 15 at Lake Kennedy Center, Cape Coral Quest on July 21 and more.

They city invites residents to take part.

We second the invite.

Play a little pickleball. Take the kids to a playground. Enjoy a picnic. Visit the Cape Coral Museum of History and walk in the rose garden. Share the memories — #WhereYouBelong.

Day-to-day park operations and event organization are monumental tasks.

We thank the city’s Parks & Recreation Department for its efforts and for its commitment.

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