Registration open for Lee County Senior Games. (Lee County is in South West FL)

What’s happening: Lee County Parks & Recreation welcomes all senior athletes to participate in the 2017 Senior Games – “Fitness Matters.” The games feature a variety of social, recreational and competitive activities. The games will be held Feb. 3 – Nov. 4 with action in 12 sports in various locations throughout the county.

Where: There are nine sites offering senior games sports, including:

  • Estero Recreation Center and Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero
  • Boca Grande Community Center, 131 First St. W, Boca Grande
  • Diamond Billiards, 1242 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral
  • Nalle Grade Park, 8350 Nalle Grade Road, North Fort Myers
  • North Fort Myers Recreation Center and Community Park, 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers
  • Pin Street, 4140 Fowler St., Fort Myers
  • Rutenberg Community Park, 6500 South Pointe Blvd., Fort Myers
  • San Carlos Community Pool, 8208 Sanibel Blvd., Fort Myers
  • Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers

When: Feb. 3 – Nov. 4. Hours and dates vary by location.

Cost: Mail-in entry fee is $20 per sport or save $5 and register online for $15 per sport. Registration must be received 14 days prior to the scheduled event.

  • What to expect: Olympic-style competitions for the 2017 Lee County Senior Games include a 5K race, archery, basketball, billiards, bridge, bowling, tennis, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboard, swimming and table tennis. For official entry form and a complete schedule of events visit www.leegov.com/parks/athletics/senior-games. Top finishers receive medals and may be eligible for State and National competitions.

Tips / Notes:

  •  Minimum age to compete is 50 years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2017.
  • You may enter as many events as you desire as long as they are not held at conflicting times. It is the responsibility of the athlete to make sure that you do not have a schedule conflict. There are no refunds for cancellation.
  • Participants will receive an official Lee County Senior Games T-shirt.
  • For hotel information, call Lee County Sports Housing at 1-888-529-6588.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available, contact Lee County Parks & Recreation Volunteer Services Coordinator Kathy Cahill at 239-533-7422 or email kcahill@leegov.com.

History: The Senior Games movement first started in Florida when the Golden Age Games were created in Sanford in 1974. Soon after, Local and State Senior Games events began appearing nationwide, especially throughout Florida. In 1992, the first Florida Senior Games State Championships were held in Bradenton. Over the years, the Florida Senior Games continues to grow, and together with the Local Games, provides fun, fellowship, fitness and competition for Florida’s fastest growing age group. The focus of the Senior Games is not winning, but participating.

Info: For more information on how to register, visit www.leegov.com/parks/athletics/senior-games or call 239-533-7425.

About us:  Lee County Parks & Recreation has 252 positions, a $33 million budget and more than 31,500 acres of parks, preserves, facilities and other sites. The department oversees four recreation centers, 10 community centers, community parks, Conservation 20/20 lands, greenways, the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, four year-round pools, seven boat ramps, sports complexes including the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins spring training facilities, dog-friendly facilities and pristine Gulf of Mexico beach parks.

Contact us at 239-533-7275 or leeparks@leegov.com.

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