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16760 Bass Road
Fort Myers, FL

Lisa Weaver

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Wa-Ke Hatchee Community Park is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, unless permitted. To request a field permit, please contact Lisa Weaver at 239-432-2154.

Please note: All shelters and picnic areas are open to the public from dawn to dusk. They are available on a first come, first serve basis and are not able to be rented.


The ribbon cutting and grand opening of the park was held on March 12, 2011. Current amenities to this 25+ acre park include two lakes, walking trails, a playground, a dog park, tennis courts, pickleball courts, shelters, restroom facilities and a parking lot with an entrance off of Bass Road. The address of our main entrance is 16760 Bass Road.

The newly added sun shelters are available on a first come, first serve basis. These shelters are perfect for your family picnic or small party. If you will be having INFLATABLES at your event (moon walks, bounce houses, slides, etc.), please use sandbags to hold the item(s) down. Stakes are not permitted. We do not supply electricity, so please bring a generator.

Woof-A-Hatchee Dog Park is located in Wa-Ke Hatchee Community Park. This roomy park gives your dog space to run, play and make new friends. The park is an off-leash, fenced area complete with a separate space for puppies or shy dogs, restrooms, watering stations and dog-waste disposal stations.

Park Rules 101
Please help keep our parks clean. Place all trash in the containers provided. All signs, banners and/or any decorations erected relating to the event must be removed upon completion activity. Please be sure to keep all motorized vehicles off the grass at all times.

This facility is equipped with the WeatherBug Lightning Alert System. When the system detects lightning within 10 miles of the facility, the air horns sound an uninterrupted 15-second blast and the strobe light will activate. Park patrons who hear the horn and/or see the light need to seek shelter immediately. When the system no longer detects a threat, three 5-second blasts from the horn will sound and the strobe light will stop working. This is the signal that it is safe to return outdoors.

No system is fool-proof. Park visitors should always assess weather conditions before going outside and always be prepared to take the appropriate action needed to ensure one's safety.

*If the connection is DOWN, please follow the National Weather Service 30/30 rule until it is restored.*


"Wa-Ke Hatchee"...what's with the name? It's a combination of Native American names combining "cow" and "water." A creek cuts through the 50-acre property on which the Recreation Center was built, and this watering hole was an important spot for the old Florida cowboys as the last source of fresh water for their cattle as they headed to Punta Rassa for shipment by boat to Cuba.

The center first opened in September 2005 and held its official Grand Opening on Jan. 21, 2006. The park's Grand Opening was held on March 12, 2011 and is Phase 2 of this multiphase project. Phase One included the recreation center and basketball pavilion. Future amenities could include a water park "splash pad", a ball field complex, and sand volleyball courts.