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Collier County Parks and Recreation Improves Park Experience Throughout the County

Collier County Parks and Recreation provides a world-class system of parks, natural resources, and recreational opportunities, which are essential for the quality of life in our community now and in generations to come. The Board of County Commissioners has reaffirmed their commitment to the park system. Through the County Manager’s Office, they recently allocated additional resources to facilitate capital enhancements within the parks system. As a result, many parks throughout the county are receiving renovations and improvements to ensure our guests have the best experience possible. See some of the completed and upcoming improvements are below:

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon

  • Pools resurfaced
  • Lazy River bridge replaced
  • Tadpole Pool resurfaced and upgraded features


Barefoot Beach Preserve

  • Road and parking lot resurfacing
  • Handicap ramps replaced
  • Roof replacement at bathroom and concession


Golden Gate Community Park

  • New vanities and sinks in restrooms
  • New basketball backboard and rim installed
  • New activity pool with interactive features
  • Learn more about the improvements at Golden Gate Regional Park here


Port of the Islands

  • Parking lot restriped and curbs painted
  • New boat launch meter installed



South Marco Beach Access

  • Walkway vegetation cleared
  • Improvements to the boardwalk



Sugden Regional Park

  • Renovated walking path
  • Renovated docks and pier
  • New shade structure above bleachers
  • Learn more about the improvements at Sugden Regional Park here


While these are just a few of the improvements that are underway, many more are planned across all park properties.

As Parks and Recreation looks to the future, the opening of Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park is on the horizon. This park, located in eastern Collier County, will open in two phases. The first of which will include a community center, aquatic center, event lawn with stage, four multipurpose athletic fields, playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts and a walking path. Phase one of the project is estimated to be completed in early 2022.

“Many of our County Parks have trails for running and walking that are much more enjoyable than staying inside or running on a treadmill. Collier County Government is dedicated to preserving and enhancing our visitors’ outdoor experiences. We do this by providing a wide array of wildlife and landscapes to enjoy, and we offer participation in recreational adventures. These needed improvements could not have been done without the hard work and dedication of our parks staff,” said Dan Rodriguez, Public Services Department Head.

For more information on Collier County Parks and Recreation, call (239) 252-4000 or visit

Updated 9/30/2021 7:27 AM
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