Island News, Island Parks on the Decline
our readers have requested that something be done about the
condition of our parks that are being cared for by the City of
Marco Island. The following story pertains to our local parks
that are enjoyed by both our residents and visitors
the complaints that we have received are about the condition of
the grass and even more relevant, the local fire ant
population. M.I.C.A.'s Resident Beach is
99.9 percent free of fire ants and the condition of the turf grass
is top of the line. Local mom's feel free to allow their
kids to roll and frolic in the grass without the worry that
their children will look like they have the chicken pox after being bitten by
Resident's Beach, (pictured left) is an example of what a park
or a public area should look like said many of the parents who
have had children bitten by fire ants.
We spoke to Jack Simmon who is one of the greeters/I.D.
checkers at the entrance to the Residents Beach and asked him how
Residents Beach is kept in such good condition and free
of fire ants. Mr. Simmon had the following answer,
"Dennis McCann is the Manager and is here every day
checking on things. He keeps a good eye on every aspect
of Residents Beach." Mr. Simmon was also
quick to point out the other half of the team that is
responsible for the overall condition, Mr. McCann's wife,
Ruth. Ruth is the Executive Director of M.I.C.A and, from
the appearance of Residents Beach, doing a fine job!
Hats off to the McCann's and the rest of the Board of
Directors of the Marco Island Civic Association. You are
to be commended for a job well
done. According to Simmon, the landscape care is
provided by Creative Cutters who is also very capable if you
take a minute to look at the lush thick grass.
The condition of the City of Marco parks appears to be on the
decline, according to all persons questioned. Understandably,
residents do not pay an annual fee to use the parks, however,
this does not negate the need for a nice, semi fire ant free
area for the kids and adults to enjoy. Mackle Park, the
park that has the most amenities, features a kids playground,
lake, sports field and a nice building for meetings and indoor
activities, along with a giant resident population of fire ants.
The turf grass is composed of mainly weeds, and the sports
field that had planted grass, is now becoming overtaken by
weeds. We do not know if the budget for our parks has
been cut, or perhaps the parks have been given second stage to
another project, however, it is a common feeling that they are
Park (pictured left) located on North Barfield Drive features
a small pond, and a very nice bronze statue of a boy on a
turtle with a little girl in front. (The little girl is
missing as of this weekend). This new addition to Plummer Park
was added last fall. It includes a sandbox for the kids
surrounded by nice paver blocks. When it was finished
last fall, it was the jewel of the park. Now, the nice
St. Augustine turf is thin and yellow with weeds starting to
get a foot hold. Soon, the nice new grass will be gone
along with the other "good" grass areas in the
park. This park also features fire ant farms that are
capable of taking a small child into the mound to be eaten and
never seen again (just an exaggeration).
It is a shame that we do not have parks where
we can lay back in the grass with our kids and look at the
clouds and imagine images other than fire ants getting a firm
grip on our skin!
Take the time to call or
write the City of Marco to voice your complaints, if not,
nothing will be done. We hope that someone takes notice
to a vital piece of Marco Island, our children's playgrounds.