Grand opening of Lakes Regional Park Water Quality Restoration Project on Feb. 7th
The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for
Lakes Park Water Quality
on February 7 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers.
Lakes Regional Park is located north of Gladiolus Drive and east of Summerlin
Road in Lee County.
The lakes within the regional park are the headwaters of Hendry Creek which encompass
approximately 2000-acres of land in central Lee County. Water quality
data has shown an increasing trend of high nutrient levels within these lakes.
The Lakes Park Water Quality Restoration project funded by Lee County, the
South Florida Water Management District, and the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, constructed a filter marsh consisting of meandering wetlands
in both the East and West Lakes within the park. This new filter marsh, designed
by Aim Engineering, Inc., consists of a series of “peninsulas” alternating
from the east to west banks of the West Lake and East Lake to create a sinuous
flow path similar to the Reflection Lakes Flow Way to the north. Native wetland
plants are installed with littoral areas in the flow path. This winding flow path
maximizes the flow distance and contact time between the lake water and the native
wetland plants surrounding the peninsulas which absorb excess nutrients from
the water for plant growth thereby resulting in an improvement to the overall water
Improving the water quality at Lakes Regional Park improves downstream conditions
in Hendry Creek which finally outfalls into Estero Bay. Hendry Creek, an
Outstanding Florida Waterbody, is impaired water as determined by the Florida
Department Environmental Protection. Estero Bay is Florida’s first aquatic preserve.