LAKES REGIONAL PARK
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7330 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL
33908
239-533-7575
SHELTER RENTALS 239-533-7275 Park Supervisors: Dan Lott 239-533-7580 Sun-Thur Mary Beth Krause (239) 533-7576 Tue-Sat

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Lakes Regional Park is open from 7 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week.

The Water Features are open from 9:00 a.m. to a half hour befor sunset during Daylight Savings Time and are open 9:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during standard time.
The features close daily from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for maintenance.

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Lakes Park offers a day of fun for the whole family.  Activities and amenities include picnic shelters, a lodge, wedding gazebo, amphitheater, running and cycling trails, outdoor fitness equipment, splash pad water features, bicycle and boat rentals, train rides, a fragrance garden, community garden and special events.

 

There is a parking fee for this park. 

·         Motorized vehicles must pay $1.00 per hour or $5.00 for access to the park all day. 

·         This park does accept the Lee County Annual Parking stickers.  For more information about a Lee County Parking Sticker, click HERE.

·         Pedestrians and bicyclists are free. (Pedestrians and bicyclists can access the park via the bike-path on Gladiolus Drive or Summerlin Road).

 

Interested in reserving a shelter, the lodge, wedding gazebo or the amphitheater?

·         To reserve a SHELTER, please call 533-7275 Monday through Friday from 8:30AM-4:30PM or click HERE. All rentals are for PRIVATE PARTIES ONLY.  Shelter rentals range from $25.00 - $50.00 depending on the size of shelter. All shelters have electricity, picnic tables, water and a BBQ grill or grills.

o   If you are planning on reserving a shelter for an event such as a walk, run, fundraiser or community event please contact the park at 239-533-7578 before reserving any shelter. If you do not contact park officials prior to your event, it will be cancelled or postponed.

·         To reserve the LODGE, WEDDING GAZEBO OR AMPHITHEATHER, please call 533-7578 Sunday through Thursday from 8:30AM-4:30PM.  The lodge, wedding gazebo and amphitheater cannot be rented online.

o   The screened in lodge is available each day from 8:00AM to 5:00PM and rents for $150.00 per day with a $250.00 cleaning and deposit. Your event will need to be over and the lodge will need to be cleaned up by 5:00PM.  The cleaning and damage deposit will be refunded to you 3-6 weeks after your event if there is no damage and lodge is retuned in the same condition in which it was rented. The lodge features bathrooms, kitchen (refrigerator, freezer, stove, sinks, microwave and ice machine), ceiling fans, 15 round tables and 90 chairs.

o   The wedding gazebo and amphitheater each rent for $25.00 per day.  These locations have served as the back drop for many wedding ceremonies.  If you are interested in having a wedding at the park, please make your reservation six months in advance of the ceremony date.  You may also want to consider the lodge or a shelter as your reception site.

·         If you need to cancel or change your reservation of a SHELTER, LODGE, WEDDING GAZEBO OR AMPHITHEAHER, the person who made the reservation must call 533-7275 a minimum of 72 hours before the permit date or no refund or permit change will be granted.  You must have the original permit, driver's license or official ID to process any refund or permit change.  A $10.00 cancellation or permit change fee will apply.

 

Please be mindful of park rules.  There is no alcohol, pets or electric/motorized vehicles allowed.  Swimming is prohibited in the lake.


Click here to view photos of the grand opening of the Community Garden at Lakes Park

Click here to view a video of Lakes Regional Park.....Lee County's hidden piece of paradise!

This 279 acre facility features 158 acres of freshwater quarry lake. The lake, with depths ranging from a few inches to 20 feet, boasts good fishing for bass, bream and other fresh and saltwater species. The lake also supports an array of wildlife, including the American Alligator. A variety of birds including Ibis, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants and Anhingas will offer good bird watching and photographic opportunities.

The park contains approximately 2.5 miles of paved or natural paths for walking, jogging, biking, and most other non-motorized activities. Lakes Park has also been designated by the American Heart Association as an official "Smart! Walking Path!" View the Lakes Park Start! map HERE.

We have two on-site vendors:
Wheel Fun Rentals 239-332-2453 bike and boat rentals


Railroad Depot 239-267-1905: a miniature train ride through the north end of the park. (Group rates available).

Throughout the park the exotic vegetation such as Australian Pine, Brazilian Pepper and Melaleuca have been removed and replanted with native species that will attract and support a more diverse population of wildlife. We welcome people with disabilities and will comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

History
Lakes Park began as a man-made area where rock was quarried during the 1960's. The water comes from groundwater influx, surface water run-off and rainfall. The depth varies from a few inches to over 20 feet. It covers 158 acres of the 279 acre facility. It was purchased by the County in 1978. In 1982 ground was broken and it was developed for recreational use with the official "Grand Opening" on April 21, 1984.

The basic facility has remained relatively unchanged since then with a few exceptions. In 1991 the "Fragrance Garden" was introduced and has grown from a small area of fragrant herbs, flowers and plants to a botanical type status with wide variety of plants, trees, shrubs and ground cover. In addition to this a "Memory Lane" was also started. This is achieved by monetary donations which dedicates Trees, shrubs, plants or benches to the memory of loved ones that are designated by plaques.

The Lakes Park Botanic Garden is in the conceptual phase. Fred Johnson, former Planning Manager for Lee County Parks, and Greg Diserio, Partner at David Jones Jr. and Associates, collaborated on the project. A presentation meeting was held on March 19th at Lakes Park. The concept plan will be available to view soon.

In 1992 the re-alignment of Gladiolus Drive brought changes to the entrance of the facility and initiated the process of exotic vegetation removal and the replanting of native species, which continues today.

In 1995 the "Miniature Railroad" opened for business. This is a scale model railroad that offers a 15 minute ride through the northern areas of the park. The ride runs beside the lake, through a tunnel and past several displays, such as scale villages, towns and natural areas.

In 2004 the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation a 501.C3 non for profit group was formed. This organization is organized by Lee County business leaders along with dedicated citizens who recognize Lakes Park as an extremely important green area in Lee County. This foundation is dedicated to helping restore Lakes Park to a native Florida wildlife environment through assisting Lee County Parks & Recreation with the implementation of its Master Plan. The plan includes themed areas of native vegetation, additional meandering boardwalks, paths and nature trails through the Lakes preserve and new park amenities.

In 2014, three outdoor total body fitness stations were added to offer dozens of exercise options, from basic stretching and stair steps to more strenuous pullups and squats. Two more stations will be added along the biking and jogging trail once donations are secured. This equipment also includes fitness guides for beginners and advanced athletes, suggested daily workout schedules and accompanying videos that users can view from a smart phone.

Overall, the future restoration and enhancements will create an even more attractive wildlife environment for the community to enjoy. If you are interested in being a member of this group to help restore and preserve this beautiful park please call 239-533-7575 or visit the foundation website at www.lakesparkenrichmentfoundation.org.