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‘Virtual/Home Recreation’ activities featured on city Parks & Rec website

April 21, 2020
By CJ HADDAD ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Residents across the country and right here in Southwest Florida may be going a bit "stir-crazy" while following social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders.

Cape Coral's Parks and Recreation Department has launched a new website where residents have access to ways to stay active, stay busy and to keep the family entertained.

The new "Virtual/Home Recreation" section on the Parks and Rec department's website includes a variety of activities broken down into five focus areas, aimed at all ages.

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"Although the recreation centers are currently closed, staff has been busy developing fun and safe alternatives the public can try at home," said Parks and Recreation Director Kerry Runyon, in a statement. "We're pleased with how quickly the effort came together and hope people in the community will take advantage of this resource to find out about new ways they can engage in recreation at home."

Department officials said they know residents are getting restless, but hopes this new virtual platform can provide them with a safe way to stay occupied.

"Our team was looking for ways to help 'fill the void' that residents who normally participate in onsite Cape Coral Parks & Recreation activities may be feeling," said Parks and Recreation Marketing Coordinator Michelle Dean. "Staff had so many great ideas to share, that it made more sense to post a whole collection of ideas in a more permanent location that the public would be able to easily access at their leisure."

Residents can choose from categories that include: Arts, Fitness, Nature, Puzzles/Games and Youth/Family.

Each category has a plethora of activities pertaining to the topic to do at home or at a safe distance in your neighborhood.

For example, in the "Fitness" section, residents have access to a variety of workouts such as Zumba, Tai Chi, bodyweight exercises, bicycling in Cape Coral, the Safer Way Virtual 5K and more. There's even an indoor golf chipping drill.

There are many "do it yourself" crafts in the "Art" category, ways to observe wildlife and greenery in "Nature" and lots for children in "Youth/Family Activities."

"We wanted to provide the community with a resource that would encourage people of all ages and interest areas to discover and engage in fun, educational, and/or recreational activities at or close to home," Dean said.

Residents are encouraged to help spread the message across social media by using the hashtag #CCVirtualRec when sharing photos of your home activities.

Officials said they will continue to keep the pages live and fresh with additional content, even after parks and recreation centers reopen.

The department announced all recreation programs and events have been suspended at least through May.

"We hope this new section of the website will prove to be a valued resource the community will use to supplement their normal recreation routines," Dean said.

To access the new web pages, visit and select "Virtual/Home Recreation" on the left-hand column or "Recreation at Home" and browse through each category and its contents.

The public can also get regular department updates and participate in virtual activities on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page at

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