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City celebrates National Parks and Recreation Month

By Staff | Jul 5, 2018

Summer in Cape Coral is in full swing. The warm weather is here to stay and the kids are out of school, looking for something to do over the next few months.

Now may be the perfect time to explore all 40 park facilities the Cape has to offer, as July is celebrated across the country as National Parks & Recreation Month.

“Parks offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities for people of all ages, social needs and economic capabilities to play, exercise and connect with others,” said Michelle Dean, marketing coordinator for Cape Coral Parks & Recreation. “Recognizing July as Parks & Recreation Month is a great way to bring attention to the physical, mental and social benefits that parks provide the community and positively impact Cape Coral’s quality of life.”

In honor of the initiative, started in 1985 by the National Recreation and Park Association, the city will offer specials all month long, headlined by “Parks & Recreation FUN Day” on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the William Austen Youth Center.

“This year’s Parks & Recreation FUN Day is the perfect time for people to learn about Cape Coral Parks & Recreation programs, facilities and community partners in one convenient location… and have a lot of fun in the process!” Dean said.

The event is free and open to all ages.

Activities will include an inflatable obstacle course and games, live critters, touch tank, a photo booth, chair massages, a trackless train, scavenger hunt, fire truck tour, visits by Coal and Reef from Sun Splash, child fingerprinting, prize drawings and lots more.

Free parking will be available in the field located adjacent to the Youth Center.

“We are really excited to showcase Cape Coral Parks & Recreation and hope everyone will make plans to join us at the Youth Center for a terrific morning of fun!” added Dean.

City Hall will also be home to a large photo mosaic art display, “A Summer Moment,” depicting local children at play, available for viewing on the first floor through July 27.

The public is encouraged to pick up a free children’s activity book (recommended for kids under age 10) at the Parks & Recreation reception desk on the second floor of City Hall all month long.

Free boat trailer parking will be offered the weekend of July 28-29 at the city’s public boat ramps.

“National Park & Recreation Month recognizes the vast opportunities that parks and recreation provide for children and adults,” said Kerry Runyon, director of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation in a written statement. “Participation in leagues, organized activities, playgrounds and walking through parks for a leisurely social activity is what we are all about in Parks & Recreation.”

Runyon also noted that the city is currently working on bolstering the Parks & Recreation facilities and will be able to serve the ever-growing population of Cape Coral.

“With the current Parks Master Plan and appropriate funding to build and improve new and existing parks, we will be able to accommodate the build-out at 400,000 people in Cape Coral,” she said.

A favorite pastime popular with residents across Southwest Florida is the sport of golf.

Coral Oaks Golf Course is recognizing July as “PGA Family Golf Month”-offering specials to promote the game and encouraging quality time spent amongst families.

“We are pleased to support the PGA’s Family Golf Month initiative at Coral Oaks,” said Allen Manguson, PGA Professional and Coral Oaks manager in a prepared statement. “We hope plenty of families take advantage of the opportunity to come out to the course and enjoy the great game of golf with their children.”

Three specials will be offered throughout July: $50 round of golf for a family of four (two adults, two children under 18) with carts anytime after noon; a free driving range token for a child under 18 when accompanied by an adult who purchases a range token; and children under 18 can play free any time when accompanied by a greens fee paying adult.

Coral Oaks is also endorsing a summer special for golfers to play 18 holes, with cart, for just $25 any time after 11 a.m. through July.

More information about Coral Oaks and its specials can be found at www.CoralOaksGolf.com. The Arthur Hills-designed championship course is at 1800 N.W. 23rd Ave.

The William Austen Youth Center is at 315 S.W. 2nd Ave.

City Hall is at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.

More information on upcoming programs and events can be found at www.CapeParks.com or by calling 239-573-3128.