CAPE CORAL, FLA — "Please reopen Jaycee Park."
"If you open parks for walking and not the parking lot. I won't be able to use the parks."
"We should not be opening anything yet."
This the virtual input that people in Cape Coral gave to the city council Monday night, when it comes to the discussion of reopening city parks.
The council later voted unanimously to open some city parks.
Here's what you need to know:
- Only certain parks are open, for walking biking and exercising.
- Playgrounds, dog parks, tennis courts and pickle ball courts are still off limits.
"The thing with pickle ball courts and tennis courts is that people are waiting," said Cape Coral's Parks and Recs Director Kerry Runyon.
Needs to drive to a local park? Well parking lots will be open.
"It meets the ADA guidelines," said Runyon.
You won't be asked to wear a masks, but the city says they will be enforcing CDC guidelines like "social distancing."
"We also have the park ranger staff 8 a.m. To 8 p.m. And they're driving through there and checking to make sure everyone is following the CDC guidelines."
When it comes to reopening the city's beach, the council decided to wait to see the results of Tuesday's emergency Lee county commission meeting, where commissioners will discuss opening county beaches.
Here is a full list of the parks that will reopen on April 28:
- Giuffrida Park
- Saratoga Lake Park (including kayak launch)
- Four Mile Cove Ego Park (including kayak launch – welcome center/kayak shack will remain closed)
- Jaycee Park
- Yacht Club Community Park (community buildings and beach area will remain closed)
- Rotary Park (community buildings and dog park will remain closed)
- Camelot Park
- Joe Stonis Park
- Paul Sanborn Park
- Del Prado Linear Park
- Sirenia Vista Park (including kayak launch)