To the editor:
Please consider making the old Cape Coral golf course into a park. It should be a park that favors the wildlife that already lives there. There should be no building around the fox dens, eagle nests, and other numerous wildlife that live there. The state wildlife officials and the people who regularly walk the park can help you identify critical wildlife areas not to be built around. I would welcome a band shell and maybe a new senior citizens and youth center .
There are many ways to fund the purchase of this park. Get with Lands for Public Trust again. Or ask the owners to be willing sellers and use 20/20 funds to buy it . Another way is to bond it with the help of Parks and Recreation of Cape Coral.
Living four blocks from the park I have fished it and caught some nice fish out of the ponds,walked the trails and seen the eagles (two nests), rare birds, rabbits, burrowing owls and squirrels that make their homes there. A beautiful quiet place in the middle of Cape Coral where crime has been nonexistent on the grounds. Our quiet Central Park if you will. .
As the judge stated to develop it and put more houses and retail stores there will ruin the quiet beauty and dignity of this area. Palm Tree Boulevard would have to be four lanes which would make it dangerous for the bikers, walkers, and runners who use this relatively quiet road daily. Driving it would become dangerous again; we have had fatalities when it was four lanes.
Studies have shown that property values rise when a lot or home is on a park site.
Please consider these ideas for the quality of life for all Cape residents and for the future generations who would use this unique park in the middle of Cape Coral. Our Central Park .
I speak for all the wild animals.
A 33 year resident of Cape Coral
local Audubon president