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Wa-Ke Hatchee Park users should be aware of weekend’s vice presidential visit

By Staff | Sep 26, 2012

Patrons of Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center and Park should be aware some areas will be closed because of Vice President Joe Biden’s grassroots event to be held this weekend.

Recreation Center patrons will not have access to the gym starting at 2 p.m. Friday, though other parts of the center will remain open until normal closing time at 7 p.m. The entire center will be closed Saturday.

The dog park and playground will remain open both Friday and Saturday.

Parking for event attendees will be on site at the rec center parking lot and field, accessible from the main entrance off Bass Road. People with disabled parking permits can park in the Lexington Middle School parking lot, accessible from Sarah Bell Court off Summerlin Road.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The recreation center and park are located at 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Park patrons can call (239) 432-2154. People with event-related questions can call the local Organizing for America field offices:

Downtown Fort Myers: (239) 851-2779

Cape Coral: (602) 290-0362

South Fort Myers: (239) 810-3895

Lehigh Acres: (239) 810-3928

Wa-Ke Hatchee is a 44-acre park that includes two lakes, walking trails, a playground, a dog park, tennis courts, restroom facilities and ample parking. The park takes its name from a combination of Native American names combining “cow” and “water.” A creek that cuts through the property was an important watering hole for Florida cowboys as the last source of fresh water for their cattle as they headed to Punta Rassa for shipment to Cuba.

For more park information, visit www.leeparks.org.