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City proclamation reopens playground, extends state of emergency

By Staff | Jun 9, 2020

The city reported that the Sanibel Community Park playground, at 2231 Periwinkle Way, has reopened based upon Proclamation 20-037 signed today by Mayor Kevin Ruane. The playground has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2.6-acre park was originally dedicated in 2008 with funding for acquisition and development, including construction of the playground, from the state and Regional Park Impact Fees. In 2009, the three shade structures were added to the playground and funded by Dick Muench, the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club Foundation and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank. In response to public requests, the playground was expanded in 2015 to include toddler-sized active play equipment. Grants from the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis foundation and local park impact fees paid for the playground expansion.

Today, Sanibel Community Park is the site of many festivals and special events. The playground – which also has restrooms, a drinking fountain, shaded picnic area and lightening detection system on-site is utilized by Sanibel families, including visiting grandchildren. Temporary signage reminding park users to practice CDC social distancing recommendations has been installed at the playground.

In addition to reopening the playground, Proclamation 20-037 has extended the declared state of emergency – originally declared in response to COVID-19 – until June 16, unless further extended.