Lakes Park is owned and managed by Lee County and is located off Gladiolus Dr. in Ft. Myers. It has over 270 acres of which 158 are lakes. There is walking and bicycling trails throughout the park and is a good place to go bird watching and see a lot of SW Florida’s popular birds like Anhinga’s, White Egrets Blue Herons, Osprey’s and Bald Eagles. My favorite part of the park are the community gardens where people can rent a raised bed of soil and plant whatever vegetable, herb or flower of their liking. The 4 ft. by 8 ft. raised beds are fenced in to prevent them from vandalism and can be rented for $50 each year. Another aspect of the park are the Botanical Gardens located next to the Community Gardens which have a variety of plants, shrubs and flowers from around the world. The park has been going through an enrichment program worth millions of dollars and is well worth the visit especially for those who like to community gardens, botanical gardens and take walks and see nature. You can learn more by visiting the county’s website, or reading about the enrichment foundation. There is also a good website/blog named “Elizabeth’s secret garden” which has some good pictures and review of the gardens. I have walked through the park many times and have recently been impressed by the upgrades the county and volunteers have made.
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