Scarecrows in the Park, Garden Tours, Farmers Market and

the Bash are back. Visit the Events page for details.

Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation Welcomes New Board


Beautifying and enhancing Lakes Regional Park got a boost with the

addition of four talented women with diverse talents to the

Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation Board of Directors.


Barbara Manzo, former Director of Lee County Parks & Recreation,

brings 41 years of highly valuable Parks & Recreation experience to

the Board and will head the effort to bring an accredited botanic garden

to Lakes Park.


Rio DeArmond, Director of Alumni Relations at

Florida SouthWestern State College is chairwoman of the

2014 Scarecrows in the Park, a very popular part of the

Lakes Park Fall & Halloween Festival and volunteers with NLC Kids at 

Next Level Church and Women in Business.


Lending legal expertise is Traci McKee, an attorney with Henderson, Franklin,

Attorneys at Law.  McKee is a multi-year winner of the James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of the Year Award

and was recognized in 2010-2013 as a “Rising Star” in the field of civil litigation defense.


Kathleen K. Johnson, CPA, is a shareholder and President of Miller, Helms & FolkPA. Johnson is Past President of Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc, (ACT) and active also with Sunrise Rotary and Women’s Life.


Two additional Bird Spotting Signs

The Foundation nabs grant to enhance bird watching at Lakes Regional Park


Fort Myers, FL, Aug. 11, 2014 — The Enterprise Holdings Foundation has awarded a $1,500 grant to the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation to fund colorful bird spotting signs for Lakes Regional Park, a Lee County Parks & Recreation site in South Fort Myers.


Enterprise Holdings Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the company that operates Enterprise Rent-A Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.


Lakes Park is a prime bird viewing area with more than 1,000 birds nesting in the rookery there and waterfowl in abundance. White and glossy ibis, great blue and little blue herons and the more familiar cattle egrets, tri-color herons, green herons and anhinga are in the park in abundance.  Also seen regularly are bald eagles, osprey and black crown night herons.


Identification of the different birds is now much easier with addition of the large, full-color signage showing the birds and describing their characteristics.  An easy scan of the posted QR code provides more information and can be brought up on visitors’ smart phones.



The primary focus of the foundation is to assist Lee County Parks
& Recreation in the continued implementation of the $30 million
Lakes Park Master Plan enhancing the park's environmental
aesthetics, wildlife habitat and recreational amenities for the
community to enjoy for many years to come.

Click to watch a short video about the park.

What can I do to help?
Join the Annual Partnership Program
Make a special donation (endow a tree, park bench, brick,
or nature sculpture)

Our Mission is to support Lee County Parks & Recreation through philanthropic and
voluntary efforts promoting ongoing community awareness and support of the recreational

and educational value of Lakes Park and its continuing evolution, to include a botanic garden and

other enhancements, resulting in an even more attractive natural environment for the community to


Our vision is a park that is highly regarded and enjoyed by the community for its beautiful native Florida environment, its programs and services, and its cultural events and contributions, all of which add to the quality of life of all Lee County residents and visitors.