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No charge for parking at Bowman’s and Turner Beach July 29-30

By Staff | Jul 26, 2017

An angler heads to the water Friday morning at Bowman’s Beach, one of the locations offering free parking on July 29 and July 30. MEGHAN McCOY

In honor of National Parks & Recreation Month, numerous regional parks, beach sites, boat ramps and pools will offer free parking and swimming Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.

“People work to play. That is your quality of life, being able to enjoy recreation,” Parks and Recreation Manager Kathy Loomis said, adding that it’s good for mental health. “It brings people together.”

She said July is designated as the Parks & Recreation Month for people to discover the power of play and adventure. Loomis said it’s being done all over the United States at recreation facilities, so people get out and play at their local parks and recreation.

Among the Lee County Parks & Recreation sites offering free parking on the island include Bowman’s Beach and Turner Beach, the north side of Blind Pass.

The regional parks offering free parking include Lakes Park, Manatee Park, Hickey Creek Mitigation Park, Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve.

The beach sites include Bonita Beach Accesses No. 1 and No. 10, Bonita Beach Park, Bowditch Point and Lynn Hall Memorial Park and Bunche Beach.

The boat ramps include Punta Rassa, Matlacha, Alva, Davis, Pine Island Commercial Marina and Imperial River. The City of Cape Coral is also participating by waiving fees at Yacht Club Boat Ramp, Horton Park, Rosen Park, Burnt Store and BMX Boat Ramp.

Pools offering free swimming include Lehigh Community Pool, North Fort Myers Community Pool, Pine Island Community Pool and San Carlos Community Pool.

“Our facilities are busy, so go early,” Loomis said. “Places fill up quick.”

She encourages the community to get out to Lee County Parks & Recreation sites to take advantage of the free parking and swimming.

“It’s a great time to go,” she said, especially for people who have never visited one of the areas before. “We have such a variety in the county. It’s unbelievable. There is a little bit of something for everyone. You should be able to find something that you like to do.”

The theme this year is “Get Your Play On,” #PlayOnJuly.