Scarecrows in the Park, Garden Tours, Farmers Market and

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

Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation Announces Officers, New Board Members

The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation at their Annual Meeting
elected new officers and added members to its advisory board.
Elected President for 2014-15 is Wendi Carroll, partner in Carroll
Properties; Vice-President is Rio DeArmond, Director of Alumni Relations
at Florida SouthWestern State College; Treasurer is Bob Beville, Vice
President of Sales for Waterman Broadcasting, and Secretary is Wesley
Higgins, Ph.D., Adjunct Graduate Faculty member at Florida Gulf Coast
University and world-renown orchid expert.

Adding expertise on the Advisory Board is Ray Judah, former Lee County
Commissioner and water quality advocate, Sandra Johnston, owner of Sandra
Johnston Graphics, LLC and Mario Rossi, retired corporate executive and former
President of the Reflection Key Association.

The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit organization, has since 2004 been assisting Lee Country Parks & Recreation through philanthropic and voluntary efforts enrich Lakes Park and enhance the community’s enjoyment of this valuable natural resource. A state-of-the-art fitness trail has recently been added. Current focus is the development of the Children’s Learning Garden, another step in the development of the proposed 18-acre botanic garden.


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.