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Celebrate July is Park & Recreation Month!

P&R Month Logo '16Cape Coral residents know their parks and recreation facilities provide places to get active, explore nature or connect with fellow community members. But, what they may not know is that their parks and recreation also contribute to improved health outcomes, higher property values and environmental sustainability.

Parks and recreation have the power to strengthen communities, transform lives and protect the future. That’s why this year, Cape Coral Parks and Recreation will join cities across the country in celebrating the power of parks and recreation for the 31st anniversary of Park and Recreation Month—an annual event created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and celebrated in July since 1985.

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

Saturday, July 16 –

  • 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, paddle boarding, photo booth, scavenger hunt, kid’s crafts, live butterflies and reptiles, 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 2016, Parks and Recreation t-shirts and more! There will also be a variety of dancing and other demonstrations on the main stage in the Yacht Club Ballroom. For more details on “Discover Parks & Recreation Day,” visit www.CapeParks.com or call (239) 574-0806.

Saturday-Sunday, July 30-31 –

  • 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.

Along with the special activities taking place in July, local children’s artwork featuring Cape Coral parks will be on display in City Hall throughout the month and Coral Oaks Golf Course will be offering several “Family Golf Month” specials for affordable family bonding on the golf course. (Visit www.CoralOaksGolf.com for details.)

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 view a complete Cape Coral parks map, find out about upcoming activities, and/or to register for classes and programs online, visit www.CapeParks.com or call (239) 573-3128. You can also follow Cape Coral Parks & Recreation on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/CapeCoralParks and www.twitter.com/CapeCoralParks