Lakes Park to Host 40th Anniversary Celebration & Earth Day Event: A Tribute to Nature’s Splendor

by Sun Bay Paper Staff

Nestled in the heart of South Fort Myers lies a haven of tranquility and natural beauty - Lakes Regional Park. Since its inception in 1984, this sprawling 279-acre park has been a cherished retreat for locals and visitors alike, offering a plethora of recreational activities amidst lush greenery and serene lakes. As Lakes Park gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary, coupled with Earth Day festivities, the community eagerly anticipates a day filled with joy, reflection, and a renewed commitment to environmental stewardship.

On Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, Lee County Parks & Recreation, in collaboration with the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, cordially invites one and all to partake in the park’s milestone anniversary celebration. This free event promises a plethora of activities and entertainment for attendees of all ages. Partners and supporters will be on hand to provide valuable information and giveaways, fostering a sense of community engage-ment and camaraderie.

A highlight of the day’s festivities includes a ceremonial cake cutting and ice cream serving at 11 a.m., commemorating Lakes Park’s remarkable journey over the past four decades. Guests can also enjoy discounted rates for a variety of attractions, including bounce houses, train rides, tai chi, yoga demonstrations, and the Ding Darling Conservation Carnival. It’s a day designed for families to come together, connect with nature, and create lasting memories.

In keeping with the spirit of Earth Day, Lakes Park will witness the planting of 40 trees by dedicated volunteers from Keep Lee County Beautiful Inc. This symbolic gesture underscores the park’s commitment to environmental sustainability and underscores the importance of preserving our natural ecosystems for future gen-erations to cherish and enjoy.

The tree planting initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation and proceeds from the sale of Lakes Passports. Priced at $40, these digital passports offer a host of benefits, including free parking at Lakes Park until May 31, a complimentary train ticket, a commemorative token, and entry into an exclusive raffle for exciting prizes. With only 100 passports available for purchase, enthusiasts are encouraged to secure theirs promptly via www.

Since its grand opening on April 21, 1984, Lakes Regional Park has evolved into a beloved community treasure, attracting upwards of 2,000 visitors on its inaugural day. Today, it stands as a testament to the enduring allure of nature, boasting 2.5 miles of scenic trails, picuresque gardens, and abundant wildlife. Whether it’s birdwatching amidst the bustling rookery or enjoying recreational activities like boating and fi shing, Lakes Park offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Behind the scenes, the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation has played a pivotal role in enhancing the park’s facilities and amenities through its philanthropic endeavors. Over the past two decades, the Foundation has raised over $2 million to support various projects aimed at enriching the visitor experience and preserving Lakes Park’s natural splendor.

As Lakes Park prepares to mark this significant milestone, it serves as a poignant reminder of the profound connection between humanity and the natural world. Through collective action and community involvement, we can ensure that places like Lakes Park continue to inspire, educate, and uplift generations to come. So, come join us on April 20th as we celebrate 40 years of memories, milestones, and a shared commitment to preserving our planet’s precious resources.