FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
John Yarbrough, Lee County Parks & Recreation
LEE COUNTY PARKS LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE REGISTRATION FEATURE
FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 17, 2002) – Lee County
residents can now register and pay for county Parks & Recreation Department
programs over the Internet – including reserving facilities such as park
It’s called POWER (Parks & Recreation
Online Web Enabled Registration) and the county has officially launched the site
The application was developed by Dallas, TX-based
Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), the county’s contract provider of
information technology services.
Types of programs available for registration
include summer camps for kids, recreation and community center programs
(including special events and educational classes), and reserving campsites and
pavilions in parks.
The system accepts program registration and the
appropriate payment without human intervention. People wanting to sign up for a program just need access to
the Internet (from home, work or at any library) and a credit card.
They can do this 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
already have a strong web presence, but you have to call or show up to
register,” says John Yarbrough, county Parks & Recreation Director. “E-commerce gives residents an additional, and very simple,
way to access the county’s many parks and recreation facilities and
After selecting the desired program, registrants
enter all relevant information about themselves and their credit card number.
The system reserves the spot, deposits the money in a Bank “lock box”
and confirms the registration with the applicant.
Strict security prevails throughout the transaction, audit trails are
provided daily and private user information is kept confidential.
Lee County’s Technology Vision is to provide all citizens, business, employees and guests with easy access to
County information and services from anywhere at anytime.
“This application is a giant step in making that vision a reality while
providing services to citizens at the lowest cost possible,” says Yarbrough.
Lee County’s Parks & Recreation Department
maintains and operates 3,500 acres of developed park land, 14 centers, 9 pools,
five boat ramps, three Gulf beach parks, one lakefront beach, 76 beach accesses,
60 tennis courts, 73 ballfields, and 13 preserves. The department also manages the more than 7,500 acres of
environmentally sensitive lands the county has purchased in the last five years
through its Conservation 2020 Program. Its
fiscal year 2002 operating budget is $16.2 million.
The Parks System gained national accreditation
last year and is a 2002 National Gold Medal Award Finalist.