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Picnic Areas & Playgrounds

Visiting local parks to enjoy PICNICS and/or taking children to Cape Coral's many PLAYGROUNDS are fun and affordable ways for families and friends to spend time together, enjoy the great outdoors, and get some fresh air!

PICNICS
For those who are planning an organized group outing, such as a birthday party, company picnic or family reunion and want to secure a specific park shelter on a pre-determined date, Cape Coral’s Park Shelter Reservations program allows people to reserve picnic shelters in advance at a nominal fee. Since the different park shelters have various capacities and some come equipped with grills, fans, and/or electricity, it is best to visit our Park Shelter Reservations page to find out about all of the options and the associated reservation fees. When the City’s covered picnic shelters are not reserved, they are available for public use on a first come, first serve basis.

In addition to parks that offer advanced reservations, there are a few Cape Coral parks with picnic areas that are free for the public to use and always available on a first come, first serve basis. Since the tables cannot be reserved in advance, these sites are best for small, spontaneous picnics with immediate family and/or a couple of friends in which the exact location is flexible. These parks and picnic spots include:

If you are looking to secure a specific picnic table at one of these locations, particularly on holidays and weekends, it is a good idea to arrive early in the day as the most scenic spots tend to be claimed very quickly. If, however, you do not require use of a picnic table to enjoy your outing, all of the above parks (except Reflections Park) have plenty of grass and/or sand areas that can be used for a good old-fashioned picnic on a blanket! Please Note: Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in parks.

For details on how to reserve a covered park shelter for a group outing, visit the Park Shelter Reservations page.


PLAYGROUNDS

Going out to a local playground is a great and affordable way for families to enjoy quality time together, meet others for “play dates,” and just enjoy the outdoors, while children explore and make new friends.

Whether you have toddlers or older children, the Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department has plenty of playgrounds throughout the area to suit your needs!  The playgrounds are built for little ones to have safe adventures, whether they want to pretend to be on a rocket or a pirate adventure boat.  Older children can climb rock walls and swing to the moon on their own adventures also.  The equipment is colorful and child friendly.  Our playgrounds are built to certified playground standards, some are handicap accessible, and all are inspected for safety issues on a regular basis.

The following is a list of parks with playgrounds in Cape Coral and the age ranges that each one is appropriate for (Click on the park name to get more information on that facility):


BMX Park - One (1) play area suitable for children ages 5-12 yrs
Burton Memorial Park - Two (2) play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs
Camelot Park - Two (2) play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs
Cape Coral Sport Complex - Two (2) covered play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs
Four Freedoms Park - Three (3) play areas – Two for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs
Giuffrida Park - Two (2) play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs
Horton Park & Boat Ramp - One (1) play area suitable for children ages 5-12 yrs
Jason Verdow Park - One (1) play area suitable for children ages 5-12 yrs
Jaycee Park - Two (2) play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; one for 5-12 yrs
Jim Jeffers Park - One (1) large covered play area (fully handicap accessible) for ages 5-12 yrs
Kosa-Saladino Park - Two (2) play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs
Paul Sanborn Park - Two (2) covered play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs       
Pelican Soccer Complex - Two (2) play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs
Rotary Park - One (1) play area suitable for ages 3-12 yrs
Saratoga Lake Park - One (1) play area suitable for ages 5-12 yrs
Joe Stonis Park - Two (2) play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs
Storm Football Complex - One (1) play area suitable for ages 5-12 yrs
Veterans Park - Two (2) play areas – One for ages 3-5 yrs; One for 5-12 yrs
Yacht Club Park - One (1) covered play area suitable for children ages 5-12 yrs
Yacht Club Pool* - One (1) play area suitable for children ages 3-5 yrs
  * This playground is available with a paid pool admission during regular pool hours.
Youth Center** - One (1) covered play are suitable for ages 5-12 yrs
  ** A Youth Center membership is required to access this playground.

Please Note: Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in parks.                          

For general information about Cape Coral Parks & Recreation, call (239) 573-3128 or, if you encounter an issue in one of Cape Coral's parks, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department's non-emergency line at (239) 574-3223.