New fees start for park reservations; Range from $20 to $80
Starting today, Cape Coral residents will now be charged $20 to $40 for reserving city park pavilions, picnic shelters and gazebos as part of a new fee to raise revenue in a year when home values have dropped 26 percent, reducing the city’s coffers.
Today also marks the beginning of a new fiscal year, and the city’s budget of $490 million is 20 percent lower than last year’s amended budget of $604 million.
“I don’t recall if we’ve ever had a fee for it,” city spokesperson Connie Barron said of the charges to use park pavilions and shelters. “This was something new to help increase some revenue.”
The fee for non-residents ranges from $40 to $80.
The new fees are only for reservations, and residents can still use unreserved park facilities on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations should be made one week in advance.
Cape parks with available facilities include:
— BMX Park
— Burton Park
— Camelot Park
— Cape Coral Sports Complex
— Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve
— Four Freedoms Park
— Guiffrida Park
— Jaycee Park
— Jim Jeffers Park
— Joe Stonis Park
— Koza/Saladino Park
— Lake Kennedy Park
— Paul Sanborn Park
— Saratoga Lake Park
— Storm Football Complex
— Verdow Park
— Veterans Park
To make a reservation or for additional information, contact the city Parks and Recreation Department at 573-3128.