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Upgrades to parks approved by City Council

By Staff | Aug 9, 2016

Improvements are coming to three Cape Coral Parks & Recreation “treasures” after City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve resolutions to fund the upgrades.

The biggest of the projects is for $415,000 in LED lighting improvements to the softball fields at Cape Coral Sports Complex. Council members had discussed the projects at previous meetings and even approved estimated funding for the sports complex in October 2015. Monday night, council approved an additional $135,915 in order to meet the final quote of $415,000 from Musco Lighting.

In a city memo, the lighting was installed in 1992 when the park was built and over time those lights have deteriorated to the point that light levels, measured in foot-candles, are not acceptable for nighttime adult softball play.

The city will spend $44,000 at BMX Park to install and upgrade the starting safety gate area, add bleachers, new asphalt on two of the track’s turns and audio-visual improvements.

Cultural Park Theater will receive improvements to stage lighting and the sound system, marquee lighting, roof repairs and plumbing improvements. That project will cost $117,000.

The funds are destined to come from parks maintenance accounts as well as undesignated capital improvement reserves.

City Manager John Szerlag reported that the city has received a Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission grant in the amount of $67,500 for the design of a new boat ramp at the D&D Bait & Tackle in Matlacha. The city has looked into making safety improvements in the narrow, heavily used launch area by moving the ramp to a different location.

Council also approved a resolution to show support for the Conservation 20/20 program referendum placed on the upcoming general election. The resolution is aimed at voters and encourages them to vote for the program to continue.

Due to a lack of items for its Aug. 15 regular meeting agenda, council voted to cancel that meeting. That shifts council’s next regular meeting to Aug. 22 in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Members still meet in two workshop sessions along with the Budget Review Committee, one of which was on Tuesday and the other starts at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Nicholas Annex.