Estero residents looking for an outdoor workout or tennis match could head to a new Lee County school after village and school district officials strike a deal to share leisure facilities.
Estero’s board approved payment of about $ 100,000 to strengthen the design of recreational facilities at a planned kindergarten to grade eight school off Three Oaks Parkway in a meeting on Wednesday. In return, residents will be able to use the tennis courts, soccer field and other amenities outside of school hours.
“What this does is that it places the recreational opportunities where the children are during the day, and also has the advantage that we don’t have to buy land for the recreation facilities,” he said. said the director of the village, Steve Sarkozy.
The school would include a soccer field, track, general training area, and tennis and basketball courts, Sarkozy said. The outhouse and lighting are also included in the plans.
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The school district has already provided land and other amenities for its students. The $ 100,000 would be used to reinforce certain aspects to make them attractive to adults and suitable for after-hours use, such as toilets and premium turf for football tournaments, said David Willems, director. public works.
The school district has many similar interlocal agreements with cities in Lee County, said Kathie Ebaugh, Lee County school planning director.
“We are looking to partner as best we can to improve our facilities so that the spaces on the pitch are used by as many people as possible,” Ebaugh said.
This vote is the first of three steps. The village council will eventually vote on another agreement to help build the facilities and the final agreement will describe when the public will be able to access the land and who will be responsible for maintenance. The school is not expected to open until August 2023, but the counselors are already excited.
“I think this is a good solution to a problem that can benefit both the school system and the village of Estero and save us money in the long run,” Councilor Jim Ward said. .
Thaddeus Mast is a Southern Lee County reporter for the Naples Daily News and The Banner. Support his work by subscribing to our local news organization. Find him on Twitter as @thaddeusmast.