Kevin Black gives us an update on the current status of Tropicana Park with his dog Tito. He describes what we can expect to see for amenities and an approximate timeline.
Here is a 5 minute video update on the boardwalk at Crystal Lake Park. Please watch the video below to see how this project is progressing.
John Bashaw, President
Kevin Black gives us an update on the progress of Crystal Lake Park - 6/10/2021
Watch as our NWNA Parks Chairman, Kevin Black gives us an update on the future site of Crystal Lake Park in the NW Cape. The Park is located on Caloosa Parkway and will also be the starting point for a boardwalk that will go all the way to the city-owned property on Charlotte Harbor.
President of the NWNA, John Bashaw, updates the members with good news about the proposal presented to the Cape Coral Youth Council for a Nature Walk from Crystal Lake Park to Charlotte Harbor.
The beauty of the Northwest Cape is unrivaled. We are so fortunate to live here!
The pictures below were taken at Crystal Lake Park on Jan 14th and sent to us by Member Gordon Ultsch. I think you will agree it showcases the beauty of the Northwest Cape!
Redhead - relatively rare around here
Hooded Merganser - the first seen in our area
Ring-billed gulls - here for the winter
Thank you so much for sharing them with us, Gordon!
Crystal Lake Solution is in Progress!
Please see the memorandum on actions the city is taking to resolve the issue at Crystal Lake. I am very pleased with the action taken by the City of Cape Coral, led my Mr. Ilczyszyn, and I am sure you will also recognize the fast attention given to this matter. When the opportunity presents, please acknowledge this work and extend your thanks, as I have.
President – Northwest Cape Coral Neighborhood Association, Inc.
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Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] - [FWD: crystal lake]
Good morning. I hope this email finds you well. I have reviewed the photos sent in to the City, performed a site visit to the scenic overlook, and coordinated an interdepartmental response.
Collectively we have a multi-pronged approach to this situation which incorporates some of the solutions you proposed below. As you are likely aware the City is designing an ADA accessible scenic overlook amenity at the top of this hill for our residents, visitors, and businesses to provide viewings at this location for sunset celebrations, stargazing astronomical events, observing the Charlotte Harbor State Park and associated Charlotte Harbor, and to see the Gulf of Mexico from the only known location in Cape Coral. Our approach to this issue is to align our response with the intended vision of the park once developed.
Generally, we are using the three "E" responses: 1) education, 2) engineering, and 3) enforcement. This is how each of these will be addressed:
1) Education: The City is going to post the park's rules sign on both ends of the scenic overlook and next to the sign displaying the future park concept plan in the northeast corner of the park. A copy of the sign is attached. It provides park users the education on what is unacceptable behavior within the park boundaries. These signs will be posted as soon as the engineering solutions below are completed.
2) Engineering: Along the top of the scenic overlook soldier rocks are being replenished this morning were missing and fortified to be unmovable. Additionally, at the base of the scenic overlook driveway barrier swing gates will be installed and locked for emergency use only. Quotes for the gates have already been requested. The openings are also being restricted to the width of the gate plus 4 feet of pedestrian access on each side. Public Works staff is restricting these entrances this morning also. The gate is a temporary solution as it is not intended in the final design for the park.
3) Enforcement: The Police Department has already advised patrol staff and the community resource division to increase patrols in the evening at this location.
Together, we are hopeful this approach will result in meaningful results for our nearby residents. As always, if illegal activity is observed our residents should contact the Police Department immediately. If there are questions about uses within the parks then the Parks and Recreation Department should be contacted.
If you have any questions about any of this information please let me know.
City of Cape Coral
Senior Public Works Manager
P.O. Box 150027
Cape Coral, Florida 33915-0027
The City of Cape Coral is aggressively pursuing a resolution to the situation at Crystal Lake. Plans are already in place to address the concerns you raised, including the suggestions in the bulletin I sent on Monday. I am confident the right resources are on this problem with the right urgency.
Please do not attend the Council Meeting on Wednesday to speak on the Crystal Lake problem. Doing so will create a crisis that is already being resolved. I will keep you informed of progress and I am confident you will like what you hear.
President – Northwest Cape Coral Neighborhood Association, Inc.
Update - Tropicana Park and Cape Coral Rowing Club PUA Draft
Attached below is the NWNA pro forma Priority Use Agreement (PUA) for the public property the Rowing Club will occupy on Tropicana Park.
At a City Council Meeting in June, the dais discussion centered around stipulations to define the limits of the Rowing Club’s activities and facilities, to ensure the park would meet the needs of the Rowing Club, yet still remain a neighborhood park.
The Priority Use Agreement attached is by no means complete, but it does capture all of the discussion and commitments made in the June meeting.
The residents greatly appreciated the time Council dedicated to solving this highly contentious issue in our city. Their creativity and broad thinking delivered a solution that is a workable compromise, but its implementation as directed is contingent on the development of a Priority Use Agreement.
The NWNA is pleased to make the first pass at the PUA in an effort to continue to be a part of solutions to problems. We are at their service and are willing to meet and continue with these discussions and put the final touches on the agreement.
This work is intended to prevent the sort of vitriol we all experienced during the design of Tropicana Park. We are now at a point where decisions have been made and it’s time to execute. We would appreciate the opportunity to participate equally as these discussions take shape.
Kevin Black, Parks Chairman