At the March 5, 2024, Lee County School District (LCSD) Board meeting, a lease agreement was approved forging a new Village of Estero and LCSD partnership. The agreement provides the Village with about 55 acres of land adjacent to Estero High School for $10 a year, for 99 years. As part of the agreement, the Village will make improvements and maintain the facility for joint use.

Currently, the Village has no athletic fields for public use. The cost of land in Estero makes the purchase of property and development of facilities prohibitive. With an appropriate focus on their educational mission, the school district is challenged with maintenance costs and upgrades for athletic facilities. This partnership represents a “win-win” proposition. The Village saves the cost of purchasing land for a major active recreational park while the LCSD saves the cost of making improvements or investing in new facilities, plus saves on the annual maintenance of the facilities — all in the best interests of the public.

The school district will have primary rights to use facilities during school hours, and the Village (the public) will have the primary rights to use the facilities anytime thereafter. The first phase of park improvements will be replacing the existing football field grass with top-quality artificial turf. The total cost of Phase 1 is just under $2 million and will be completed before August 1 — just in time for the upcoming high school football season.

Subsequent phases will include upgrades to the tennis courts, covered basketball courts, outdoor pickleball courts, a new soccer stadium, and practice long fields for lacrosse, soccer and team sports. Planning for these future phases will begin immediately.

Rendering of new turf football field

Rendering of new turf football field

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