News from Lakes Park
April/May 2019 
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Oh, what a "season" we have had! 
Time flies when you're busy enhancing the beauty and experience of Lakes Park. Now that "season" is over, many of our programs, including the very successful Farmer's Market, are on hiatus until October. The Train Museum and WheelFun remain open. 

The arrival of summer means we'll have a chance to come up for some air and start planning for next season - beginning with preparations for Scarecrows in the Park! This will be our tenth year producing the only FREE attraction at the annual Lakes Park Fall Festival. YOUR business, non-profit, or youth group can enter and WIN - check below for details.

Other items IN THIS ISSUE: 
- THANKS to our supporters
- RECAP and PHOTOS from our spring gala "An Evening In Italy"
- VOLUNTEER Survey - have you participated yet? 
- BRICKS installed in April and May (so far...) 
- TIDBITS from the BOTANIC GARDEN - all the news! 
- CALENDAR of park events 

Happy reading! 

WANTED: Builders and Sponsors for the
10th Annual Scarecrows in the Park competition! 

~ Businesses ~ Non-Profits ~ Scouts ~
~ Schools ~ Garden Clubs ~ Church Groups ~  
Registration coming soon - don't miss out! 
Three ways to get on the Scarecrows mailing list: 
- Email us at
- Or click "Reply" to this email 
- Or use this link to sign up: 

Our first fundraising event at Amavida Living was an enjoyable evening in an unbeatable setting. Many thanks to our organizing committee, sponsors, auction donors, and to our attendees. Thanks to all of you, we have raised funds to help purchase garden tools and amend the soil in the Botanic Garden, provide outdoor recreation and environmental education experiences for Lakes Park's summer campers, and start our fund for the Music Garden for children. 

If you missed this event, never fear - you can still donate by visiting "The Giving Tree" in our SquareUp store. 
Or send your check to:
The Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation 
P.O. Box 61076  Fort Myers, FL 33907

for your support! 

We'd like to thank the businesses who supported our spring gala, "An Evening In Italy". We had the perfect night, and raised some funds to support programs in the park like gardening projects, a music park in the Children's Garden, and support for the Lakes Park summer camp program. Please continue to support the work of the Foundation by patronizing those who sponsored the evening by donating funds, auction items, and in-kind goods and services.  

Annual Volunteer Services Survey 2019 
Lee County Volunteer Services Coordinator Kathy Cahill asks, "Please take a minute to let us know how we are doing"

Final StoryTime of the season draws crowd 
As another "season" draws to a close, the Foundation reflects on the humble beginnings of a very popular activity for the pre-school crowd and their parents. CLICK FOR MORE... 

Bricks Installed, April 2019 
Bricks installed at Lakes Park in April

Bricks Installed, May 2019
(so far...) 

Bricks installed at Lakes Park in May

Tidbits from the Botanic Garden
There was a flurry of activity before the snowbirds flew home -
check out the action!

An Evening In Italy

Big thanks to the following businesses who donated time, funds, and in-kind goods and services to our spring fundraising gala.
We are blessed to have your backing and support! ❤️ 


OUR FOUNDATION CALENDAR is just a click away!
Foundation programs are FREE;
donations gratefully accepted in person or at
The PayPal Giving Fund 
  • Saturday June 8th | 8 to 10 a.m.   
    The Morning Meander - Lee County Bird Patrol Tour 

    Meet at Shelter A7 in the park. Walking tour with Bird Patrol guide. Bring camera, binoculars, water. Wear hat, sunscreen or other sun protection, comfortable shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather.
  • Farmer's Market - take a stroll, buy fresh produce, stay for lunch!
  • Botanic Garden Tours with Master Gardener Paula Novander
  • StoryTime in the Garden - fun for the pre-school set 
  • Plant Sale in the Botanic Garden! - supports the Fragrance Garden 

Erin White, Executive Director, Lakes Park Enrichment FoundationBest regards,
Erin White, Executive Director 
Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation

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