Wednesday, January 19, 2022

A wealth of opportunities in our own neighborhood

Pathway surrounds the entire lake, Submitted

Pathway surrounds the entire lake, Submitted

Living as a year around resident on Marco Island, working, raising a family and going about our daily chores, it is easy to forget the beauty around and the very special and important points of interest that are nearby. No, I am not including the luscious white sandy beach hugging the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. And I am not even talking about the Everglades and the miraculous backwaters of the Ten Thousand Islands that forever beckons.

In our very own neighborhood are a triad of properties that welcome all ages, any interest and a variety of lifestyles. Within walking distance are unlimited possibilities and no excuse for boredom or dullness of life. Mackle Park, the Marco Island Library, and the Marco Island Historical Museum are just yards from one another and offer not only a broad spectrum of activities, but are superior in every avenue and category.

Frank E. Mackle Community Park is not just for kids, even though the state of the art playground is a wonderland for youngsters. Sports fields, basketball courts and a huge variety of classes and workshops are available to the public of all ages. The path surrounding the lake is perfect for vigorous walking or tranquil strolling. The dog park, Canine Cove, is populated by a huge segment of Marco’s population….. and also, attached by lease, are the dog’s owners! For thorough information go to the web site, and click Parks and Recreation. Mackle Park is located at 1361 Andalusia Terrace. The phone number is 239-642-1666. Hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Within walking distance from the park, is the Marco Island Library, located at 210 S. Heathwood. Libraries aren’t solely home for books any more. A large selection of music, books and movies on CD are available. Special programs, workshops, lectures and films are offered throughout the year to Marco’s residents and guests. Using the library via the Internet is common in this day and age. There is no reason to be fearful of using the library because of that, though, since employees at Marco’s library are definitely ‘user friendly’ and are helpful and amiable in every way. For information call 239-394-3272. Hours open are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Right across the street from the library is the new state of the art Marco Island Historical Museum. I remember when the organization of fundraising for the new museum first began years ago. It was just a thought. A dream. Time flies whether we want it to or not. Now, it is imperative that each and every one visit the result of this endeavor in which so many participated. The architecture, inside and out, is absolutely well thought out and fine-looking. It couldn’t be more beautiful. Carlton Ward, Jr.’s photographic exhibit of the Florida Cowboy will be displayed until the end of August.

The museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Dr. and for information call 239-389-6447 or go to Museum hours are Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At our fingertips is a world of opportunity. Within this 4 mile by 7 mile island we can pretty much learn, and do, and be all we want. Enjoy!

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