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Lee County to open park trails, resume library book returns

By Staff | Apr 21, 2020

Because of continued voluntary compliance and the community’s greater awareness for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Lee County announced today limited re-openings of trails and some services.

Some Lee County Parks & Recreation trails will reopen on April 22, with staff onsite to help encourage social distancing. Residents will now be able to use JY Linear Park and Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in South Fort Myers as well as an array of additional park trails and Conservation 20/20 trails. For a list, visit “http://www.leegov.com/covid-19″>www.leegov.com/covid-19 or see additional information provided below.

Approved at the regularly scheduled Lee County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the move is part of the county’s phased-in approach for residents to be able to recreate outside of their neighborhoods while still observing the governor’s executive order.

Although the county is beginning to assess and reopen sites, it is imperative residents remain vigilant to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Many county facilities remain closed, including Lakes Regional Park, many additional parks, ballfields, playgrounds, pavilions, county pools, recreation centers, beaches and restrooms.

Announcements about future openings will be forthcoming; check www.leegov.com/covid-19 or Facebook “Lee County Government.”

Also announced at the meeting are modifications to the Lee County Library System services. Exterior book returns will reopen beginning April 22 at all branches for patrons to drop off checked-out materials. No fines will be assessed for items overdue because of library closures. Further announcements on library operations will be forthcoming.

The county is grateful to those in the community who have joined the “Take the Pledge” social media campaign to employ best practices to stop the spread of COVID-19. These practices include social distancing when away from home, staying home as much as possible, practicing proper handwashing techniques, refraining from gathering in groups of more than 10, and staying calm, kind and safe. Visit www.leegov.com/pledge.

County leaders continue to monitor data and work with its partners Lee Health and the Florida Department of Health as it relates to the county’s phased-in approach to re-opening sites.

The following sites’ trails will reopen on April 22:


– Caloosahatchee Regional Park (north side only)

– Hickey Creek Mitigation Park

– JY Linear Park

– Lehigh Acres Trailhead Park

– Nalle Grade Park

– Pineland Monument Park

– Pinewood Trails Park

– Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve (excluding the interpretive center)

– Telegraph Creek Paddlecraft Launch

– Tropical Point Park


– Alva Scrub Preserve

– Bob Janes Preserve

– Buckingham Trails Preserve

– Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve East

– Galt Preserve

– Hickory Swamp Preserve

– Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve

– Pop Ash Creek Preserve

– Powell Creek Preserve

– Prairie Pines Preserve

– Six Mile Cypress Preserve North

– Telegraph Creek Preserve

– Wild Turkey Strand Preserve