Cape Coral council members meeting to discuss reopening parks

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Jaycee Park in Cape Coral on March 19, 2020. (Credit: WINK News)

Southwest Florida’s largest city has not reopened any parks, but that could change on Monday when the council meets to discuss reopening.

Cape Coral’s Yacht Community Park is one of the places that could open up for you to walk or ride your bike, but keep in mind you won’t be able to use things like the playground or pavilion.

The city’s been going back and forth on this and some council members say it’s still too soon; others argue people are cooped up and need fresh air.

If they do reopen, there will be a number of restrictions in place for now.

  • Pickleball and basketball courts, restrooms and dog parks will stay closed;
  • You’ll still need to practice social distancing and can’t hang out in large groups;
  • Kayak launches will open up at parks that have them;
  • Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Another decision on the council’s plate is the Cape Coral farmer’s market, which wants to reopen May 2 with the following restrictions:

  • Vendors can only sell food, soap and pet food;
  • Booths will stay six feet apart, cannot give out samples, and vendors must wear masks.

The city is also looking to use $150,000 from its disaster reserve funds to buy things like hand sanitizer or face masks.

Any requests will go through that account so they can keep track and get supplies quicker.

The council meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

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