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Celebrate July is Park & Recreation Month!

2017 P&R Month logoSummer is here, which means it’s time to "GET YOUR PLAY ON! Discover the power of play this July when Cape Coral Parks & Recreation joins municipalities from across the country to celebrate National Park and Recreation Month. Initiated by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and celebrated in July since 1985, this annual observation recognizes all the ways parks and recreation can transform people’s daily lives.  From providing places to play and stay healthy, to fostering new relationships and forging connections with nature, Cape Coral’s park and recreation facilities provide essential services and improve the local quality of life.

As part of the month long celebration, some special activities include:

Tuesday, July 4

Friday, July 7

  • Free Ice Cream Social featuring the Timeless Tunes at Lake Kennedy Center, 2pm; Please RSVP by 7/5 to 574-0575.

Saturday, July 15 –

  • Free “Discover Parks & Recreation Day” at the Yacht Club Community Park, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The public will have a chance to learn about various Parks & Recreation programs at one convenient location, as well as engage in a number of free activities including an ice cream social, photo booth, scavenger hunt, kid’s crafts, touch tanks & live critters, children's tennis instruction and prize drawings throughout the day. Prizes include tickets to Sun Splash Family Water Park, free golf at Coral Oaks Golf Course, passes to the Yacht Club Pool, kayaking at Eco Park, passes to Coconut Festival 2017, Parks and Recreation t-shirts and more! There will also be a variety of dancing and activities on the main stage in the Yacht Club Ballroom. For more details on “Discover Parks & Recreation Day,” visit or call (239) 574-0806.

Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30 –

  • Free Boat Trailer Parking at Cape Coral’s five developed boat ramps; Locations include the Yacht Club Boat Ramp, Horton Park, Rosen Park, Burnt Store Marina and BMX Boat Ramp. The normal daily boat trailer parking fee is $10.

Other efforts to recognize the importance of parks include local children’s artwork featuring Cape Coral parks being on display in Cape Coral City Hall from July 5-28 and PGA “Family Golf Month” specials at Coral Oaks Golf Course to encourage affordable family bonding on the golf course. (Visit for details.) In addition, free children’s activity books with the national “Get Your Play On” message, will be available to pick up (while supply lasts) at the Parks & Recreation reception desk in Cape Coral City Hall beginning July 3. 

Regardless of the time of year, Cape Coral’s parks and recreation centers offer numerous free and affordable ways for people to recreate and enjoy leisure time. There are 20 parks in Cape Coral with covered picnic shelters which can be reserved in advance for a nominal fee, 20 parks with playground areas and several parks with amenities ranging from tennis, basketball, shuffleboard and bocce courts, to walking and exercise trails.

To sign up to receive free E-newsletters from the Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department or to get more information on upcoming programs and events, visit or call (239) 573-3128. You can also follow Cape Coral Parks & Recreation on Facebook and Twitter at &

To view a complete Cape Coral parks map, find out about upcoming activities, and/or to register for classes and programs online, visit or call (239) 573-3128. You can also sign up to receive free monthly E-newsletters and follow Cape Coral Parks & Recreation on Facebook and Twitter at and