Estero Council of Community Leaders
Parks, Open Space and
Water Access Committee
May 2011 EDR - The
Estero Council of Community Leaders has created a Parks, Open Space and
Water Access Committee to develop ideas for community plan changes that
will fulfill the suggestions of the public that participated in the
Community Planning Workshop conducted by the ECCL and the ECPP in
November 2010. John Yarborough, long time Director of Lee County’s Parks
and Recreation department, has agreed to chair the committee.
the November 2010 Community Planning Workshop the participants strongly
supported expanded public access to the Estero River and Estero Bay and
parkways connecting many of our major destinations.
following quotes from the summary of the Workshop provide a sense of the
kinds of changes that the community is seeking:
public access to river and bay, create parks near major waterways.
“Biggest area of concern for Sense of Place was the waterways. Every
table mentioned Estero’s waterways but were concerned that either no
access or no community areas on them.
emphasized was the connecting of parks, local town centers, libraries,
or ‘nodes’ with bike and pedestrian pathways. This integrated well with
the idea of a connected and/or linear park plan.
“Linear Park Plan
bed conversion to bike path/trail.
Connection of parks for bicycling and walking. Especially around Estero
High School and the Estero Community
Creation of linear park
Should publicize county’s plan for Linear Parks (website URL etc)
Create paths within powerline Right Of Way to connect Parks
area centers connected by linear pathways that connect the various nodes
More public access to river and bay, create parks near major waterways.
Need a Riverwalk
Have water ferry to beaches throughout Estuary.
Boat access from Estuary to Bonita Beach area
Paved sidewalk area along river with stores.
Bike/Ped path along waterways.
Everything should lead to water.
Coordinate with Koreshan for public access.
Enhance the river while retrofitting older development.
“Consider acquisition of Bamboo Island and potential linkages for public