New Play Structure Under Construction
“The FMB Community Pool is different from almost every other Fort Myers Beach business,” said Aquatics Supervisor Erin Johns, “because while most now are in their off-season, we are just now coming into our busiest time of the year, from early June through September, particularly with Summer Camps, in addition to the fact that everyone needs to come to a great pool every so often!”
The Town is replacing the Kiddie Pool playground “because the old unit outlived its usefulness, plus the newer one will have enhanced safety features,” reported Alison Giesen, the Town’s Cultural Resources Director and interim Parks & Recreation Director. “Safety at a swimming pool is everything, so the new unit will be more open, to allow our outstanding lifeguard staff to better monitor the children. Of course, while safety is paramount, the new Kiddie Pool play unit must also be fun, or what is the point? It will have two slides rather than the former unit that only had one, as well as additional water and spray features, along with other ‘bells-&-whistles,’ so that is exciting.”
“It will be awesome,” agreed Erin. “There is an additional safety mat at the bottom of the slides, with greater visibility so lifeguards can track the kids. And, like Alison said, it will be fun! When you combine safety and fun at a pool, that is the best of both worlds. On top of everything else, this Kiddie Pool design is brand new, so ours is the first of its kind and we will be the first area pool anywhere for our guests to enjoy this newest model. As for the main pool, people particularly love our big blue slide, while others just kick back and soak up the sun on our lounge chairs. The FMB Community Pool is a happening place!”
Alison said the new Kiddie Pool playground “will only make the Fort Myers Beach Community Pool more special, as we add things all the time for the entire family, as sometimes people don’t want to go to the sandy beach, but prefer a nice clean and safe pool instead, and we certainly offer that type of beautiful facility. We have family memberships and daily admission, and are right next to the Bay Oaks Recreational Center, where you can play basketball, tennis or pickleball. There is truly something at our Bay Oaks complex for everyone and it’s a great way to spend your summer. Plus Erin and her 7-lifeguard staff have impeccable safety training.”
“We are not just about safety, but customer service,” Erin offered. “Pool guests, especially those visiting Fort Myers Beach, often ask us about the best restaurants where they can eat or the best stores where they can shop. Anything we can do to enhance your experience, we are happy to help.”
Alison pointed out, “It is really Chelsea O’Reilly, the Town’s Public Works Director, who took the lead on the Kiddie Pool playground replacement, along with Erin and her lifeguard team, and it will be fantastic when complete in about a month. This was a planned project, so funds for the new Kiddie Pool unit are in the Town budget.” Cost for the new structure is $89,436.
Summer Camps at The Mound House
Alison reminded everyone that there are still spaces available, with limited scholarship assistance, for “Summer Camps at The Mound House” that are weekly from June 3 through August 2, except for July 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Weekly camp topics are Movie Making Magic, Engineering, Calusa Kids, Kitchen Chemistry, Robotics, and Best of Super Science & Amazing Art. For information, see SuperScienceFL.com.
The Fort Myers Beach Community Pool is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will expand from the first week of June through August to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Sundays Noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $4 for adult members and $7 for non-members, with children members 12 & younger $2 and non-members $5, and infants 1 & under free. It is at 2600 Oak Street, adjacent to the Bay Oaks Recreational Center. For information, call 239-463-5759 or see the Town website at fortmyersbeachfl.gov.
By Gary Mooney