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Cape Coral to Celebrate July is Parks & Recreation Month

Discover Cape Coral's "Park and Recreation Story" During National Park & Recreation Month!

Now that summer is in full swing, it's the perfect time to get out and discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation centers! Cape Coral Parks and Recreation is joining cities across the country in celebrating National Park and Recreation Month—an annual event created 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, special Parks & Recreation activities include:

  • Red, White & BOOM on Cape Coral Parkway (All ages)
    Sunday, July 4, 5:00-10:00pm
    This free community event will feature national entertainment on the City stage, as well as over 30 vendors offering food, drinks, novelty items, jewelry, arts and crafts, drawings for giveaways and the best fireworks display in Southwest Florida. See more details at
  • Free Kid's Fishing Tournament at Yacht Club Pier
    Sunday, July 11, 10:00am
    Divisions - 16 & under, 11 & under, 7 & under;
    Participants will meet in the Yacht Club Ballroom at 10:00am for tournament rules and kick-off. Pre-registration is required at 239-574-0806 or online at
  • Free Ice Cream Social at Lake Kennedy Center (All ages)
    Wednesday, July 14, 1:30pm
    Enjoy FREE ice cream sundaes, music and activities with the Fun-Mobile! Pre-registration is recommended at 239-574-0575.
  • Free Family Fun Open House at Four Freedoms Park (3+ yrs)
    Saturday, July 17, 10:00am-12:00pm
    This event will include a spray art activity center, crafts, seasonal events informational area, VPK/Preschool tours, a child yoga demo, photo booth, snow cones, popcorn, glowsticks, and more! For details, call 239-574-0804.
  • $1 Off Youth Pool Entry to Yacht Club PoolYouth up to age 18 will receive $1 off normal pool admission. For more info, call 239-574-0806.
  • Free Boat Trailer Parking at Boat Ramps
    Saturday, July 24-Sunday, July 25
    Boaters can enjoy complimentary boat trailer parking at Cape Coral's five developed boat ramps including 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.
  • Free Family Field Day at the Youth Center (All ages)
    Saturday, July 24, 10:00am-1:00pm
    Families will participate in fun competitions including a three-legged race, tug of war and more, plus enjoy music and refreshments. For more information, call 239-242-3950.
  • Free "Bob Ross" Paint Along at the Art Center
    Saturday, July 24, 10:00am-1:00pm
    This free event, which will include a contest for the best Bob Ross costume, is open to all ages; however, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Must pre-register by Friday, July 23 at 239-574-0802.
  • Summer Plant Sale at Rotary Park
    Saturday, July 31, 9:00am-1:00pm
    There will be a large variety of native plants, as well as non-native but nice butterfly plants and edibles available for sale plus a variety of free Parks & Recreation Month giveaways. For more information, call 239-549-4606

In addition, a proclamation signed by Cape Coral Mayor John Gunter designating July as "Park and Recreation Month" and an art display with a visual representation that captures special moments in our parks will be on display on the first floor of Cape Coral City Hall from July 7-22.

Coral Oaks Golf Course is offering “PGA Family Golf Month” specials all month long
to encourage affordable family bonding on the golf course. (Visit for details.)

Also, be sure to enter a photo from a Cape Coral park or recreation facility in the "Parks & Rec Month Sweeps" from July 1-27. Three random, lucky winners will be selected to receive a $100 Cape Coral Parks & Recreation gift card that can be redeemed at Sun Splash, Coral Oaks, the Art Center or any Cape Coral Parks & Recreation facility! In addition, the best photos may be showcased on the City's website and/or in future promotional materials.

--> Click here to view/print Cape Coral's "July is Parks & Recreation Month" Activity Calendar

Regardless of the time of year, Cape Coral’s parks provide numerous ways for people to recreate and enjoy leisure time. There are currently 22 parks in Cape Coral with playground areas, and more on the way as part of the Parks GO Bond, plus several parks with amenities ranging from tennis/pickleball, basketball, shuffleboard and bocce courts, to walking and exercise trails. Cape Coral also has over 90 miles of interconnected bike routes on easy to navigate routes for additional fitness and wellness options.

To view the Cape Coral Parks Map, Bicycling Map, find out about upcoming activities, and/or to register for classes and programs online, visit or call (239) 573-3128. You may also follow Cape Coral Parks & Recreation on Facebook and Twitter at and