The new gates installed at Matlacha Park will come into use following Memorial Day weekend.
The gates near the park entrance are electronic and based on a timer, and they replace the manually operated boat-ramp gate. Hours for ramp users and park patrons are 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. The electronic gates are set to begin operation Tuesday, May 28.
The park, boat ramp, kayak launch, fishing pier and community center are located in the heart of Pine Island's hamlet of Matlacha at 4577 Pine Island Road Northwest, Matlacha.
Park admission is free; parking for vehicles not towing trailers also is free. Trailer parking is $10 daily, or boaters can purchase parking stickers for $60. For more information visit www.leeparks.org or call (239) 283-4110 in Matlacha or the main Lee County Parks & Recreation office at (239) 533-7275.