To provide safe, clean and functional Parks & Recreation facilities. To provide programs and services that add to the quality of life for all Lee County residents and visitors. To enhance tourism through special events and attractions. We are committed to fulfilling this mission through visionary leadership, individual dedication and the trustworthy use of available resources.
Lee County Parks & Recreation...The Natural Place to Learn and Play!
Lee County Parks & Recreation was first organized in the early 1970s. Prior to that time, there were very few parks being maintained and almost no programming being provided. The department actually began with the completion of four community swimming pools, three of which were built on the School District of Lee County’s property. Thus began the longstanding relationship between Parks & Recreation and the School District. Our goal is to maximize our combined resources to provide the residents of Lee County with the best possible facilities and programs with the least possible expenditure of public funds. In other words, get more “Bang For The Buck.” For more than 30 years, it has been a very rewarding relationship for all parties, especially for the residents of Lee County.
From our meager beginnings over a quarter of a century ago we have grown dramatically. We now manage more than 3,500 acres of developed parkland and provide for hundreds of programs throughout the County. This growth reflects the 63 percent population growth experienced by Lee County in the last decade alone. We serve the community by providing health, inspiration and recreation opportunities through quality programming, facilities and community events. In addition, the department furthers the preservation and enhancement of the environment through Conservation 20/20 preserves, open spaces and natural habitat areas.
Lee County Parks & Recreation has 250 positions, a $33 million budget and more than 31,500 acres of parks, preserves, facilities and other sites. The department oversees four recreation centers, 10 community centers, community parks, Conservation 20/20 lands, greenways, the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, four year-round pools, seven boat ramps, sports complexes including the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins spring training facilities, dog-friendly facilities and pristine Gulf-of-Mexico beach parks.
Lee County Parks & Recreation received re-accreditation from the
Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The department passed 100 percent of the 144 Standards of Excellence that CAPRA demands in 2016. Lee County has been exceeding national standards since 2001.