Centennial Park set to gain amphitheater, playground, more by January 2022

Reporter: Andrea Guerrero Writer: Joey Pellegrino

Fort Myers’ Centennial Park is moving forward on time with its big plans and should open soon, city officials say.

In just a few months, they say it will be unrecognizable. There will be a playground for the kids, a renovated pavilion and new sidewalks, but the main attraction will be the amphitheater. Construction is still in full effect, but WINK news has been told the project is set to be completed by the expected date of January 2022.

Richard Moulton, director of public works for For Myers, says bringing all this into the heart of the city is going to be great for the economy.

“It’s an exciting time for the city,” Moulton said. “We’re going to reopen Centennial Park with far more features for kids to play in, double the size and the square footage. We’re going to update sidewalks… we will have an amphitheater that, when fully utilized, will bring a lot of entertainment, culture, bands, orchestras to the downtown… so, you know, we’re entering some exciting times, and Centennial Park can be the catalyst for that.”

All this construction for the renovated park costs $5 million, but city officials say it will be worth the price tag. To get this project going, millions were granted to the City. Even the Luminary Hotel is said to have donated around $350,000.

When asked about homeless people and their ties to Centennial Park, Fort Myers officials only say the park wasn’t made as a destination for the homeless but as a park that families can come out and enjoy.

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