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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Summer and fall news at the Boca Grande Community Center

September 7, 2023
By Boca Beacon Reader

To the Editor:

The summer has been an active season at the Boca Grande Community Center and that will continue through the fall.

Highlights from the Community Center, 131 First Street West, Boca Grande:

Summer Camp

Lee County Parks & Recreation staff wrapped up a successful summer camp. Camp was at full capacity of 60 campers for six weeks, Monday, June 19, through Friday, July 28. The children enjoyed art at the Art Center every Monday, presentations by the Lee County Library Summer Reading program, a beach clean-up and numerous field trips. A few of the favorites were to Sky Zone, Mote Marine, the Sarasota Circus and Sun Splash water park. A huge thank you the Boca Grande Women’s Club for supporting our summer camp program. Without their support these amazing trips would not be possible.

New Park Ranger

Lee County Parks & Recreation has hired a new Park Ranger who is scheduled to start in Boca Grande this month.

Wheeler Road Community Park

Remediation of the dog park was delayed in August due to construction materials. They are back working daily and hope to have the project finished this fall.

Youth Fishing Tournament- Saturday, Sept. 16, 9-11 a.m.

Grab your fishing pole and tackle box and come join the family fun at our youth fishing tournament. Tournaments are for boys and girls ages 13 and under. Bait will be provided (no lures allowed). All children must be supervised by a parent or guardian for this event. This is a catch and release tournament. For more information or to register please contact Dawn in the Lee County Parks & Recreation office-Room 9; call 239-533-2923; or email

Sponsored by the Boca Beacon, Boca Grande Marina and Lee County Parks & Recreation.

Fall Festival- Thursday, Oct. 26, 3-5:30 p.m.

Come out to the center for our annual Fall Festival. Festivities include bounce houses, a cake and pumpkin walk, tractor pictures, guess the candy jar count, and goodie bags. One bag of individually wrapped candy per child is appreciated (please drop candy to the Lee County Parks & Recreation office, Room 9 by Tuesday, Oct. 24). Sponsored by the Boca Grande Women’s Club, The Friends of Boca Grande and Lee County Parks & Recreation.

Turkey Hoop Shoot- Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4-5:30 p.m. Community Center Basketball Court

The Turkey hoop shoot contest is a free event for children 17 and under. The contest will feature three “around the world” spots on the court marked specifically for the age group. The top three competitors in each age group will advance to the final round.

Prizes are awarded for first place in each age group as follows:

• 5 & under

• 6-9

• 10-14

• 15-17

For more information or to register please contact Dawn in the Lee County Parks & Recreation office, Room 9, or 239-533-2923 or Sponsored by the Boca Beacon and Lee County Parks & Recreation.

Community Center Closures

The Boca Grande Community Center will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

To inquire about the activities listed above, please contact Dawn Balsizer at 239-533-2923

Tim Engstrom

Communications Specialist

Lee County government