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Senior center, Veterans Rec Center reopen

By MEGHAN BRADBURY - | Oct 14, 2020


As of Monday, Lee County Parks & Recreation has resumed its normal operating hours at all of their recreation, community centers and administration offices.

“The safety of all our park guests is extremely important to us. That’s why we will continue to follow CDC guidelines and increase the cleaning of high-use surfaces,” Parks & Recreation Director Jesse Lavender said. “We have also made hand sanitizer available at all locations and installed plexiglass shields at the public service desks. We want to make sure we keep it safe and clean, while also providing our residents with fun recreational opportunities.”

Centers opening include:

Lehigh Acres Senior Center, 219 Plaza Drive, Lehigh Acres

Veterans Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road S., Lehigh Acres

Buckingham Community Center, 4940 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers

Alva Community Center, 21471 North River Road, Alva

North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers

Terry Park Administration Office, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers

Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero

Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers

Karl J. Drews Community Center, 18412 Lee Road, Fort Myers

Matlacha Community Center, 4577 Pine Island Road, Matlacha

Olga Community Center, 2325 South Olga Drive, Fort Myers

Six Mile Cypress Slough Interpretive Center, 7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers

Boca Grande Community Center, 131 First St., Boca Grande

“The Community Centers are important to our residents and this safety plan protects our community while allowing these vital services to continue,” Lavender said.

Individuals are encouraged to check www.leeparks.org for specific operating hours.

The center’s programs, activities, rentals, weight rooms and gymnasiums are able to resume is operations due to the approved safety plans.

Social distancing will take place at each center, as well as posted CDC guidelines.

Veterans Recreation Center Supervisor Rebecca Flora said the reopening will help its members return to normalcy.

“In many ways, the Veterans Recreation Center is the hub of the community and re-opening safely will help our members return to normalcy,” she said. “We’re evaluating all of our indoor activities through the lens of extra physical distancing and cleaning precautions to ensure the long-term safety of every member of our center.”

The Lehigh Senior Center will also provide a much needed space for many residents.

“The re-opening of the Lehigh Acres Senior Center will provide a much needed safe destination for many of our members for the first time in months,” Lehigh Senior Center Supervisor Mary Vance said. “Safety is our utmost priority and we want to make sure our members come back to safe and enjoyable activities.”

In addition the county’s four community pools will resume classes and normal operating capacity at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Previously they were operating at 25 percent capacity. The pools include:

Lehigh Acres Community Pool, 1400 West 5th St., Lehigh Acres

North Fort Myers Community Pool, 5170 Orange Grove Blvd., North Fort Myers

Pine Island Community Pool, 5675 Sesame Drive, Bokeelia

San Carlos Community Pool, 8208 Sanibel Blvd., Fort Myers

The county continues to monitor data, as well as work with the Florida Department of Health for its phased-in approach to reopening amenities. For additional information, visit www.leegov.com/covid-19.