CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Changes are coming to a Cape Coral park known for its wildlife and manatees. Sirenia Vista Park, located in the northwest section of the city, will shut down for six weeks starting Monday.
Richard Klimo and his family love vising this peaceful park. They'll catch glimpses of manatees and other wildlife.
But come Monday, March 25th, the manatee viewing area, kayak ramp and fishing areas will close for six weeks. "It's sad because this is a nice access to the water for us and i'd be a little bit disappointed," Klimo said.
The city is starting a shoreline improvement project, using almost $192,000 dollars from grants and the city's canal maintenance program. "I do understand the fact that they need to improve the park," he said.
The goal is to create better manatee viewing areas and more access to fishing.
Preparations for park improvements have already begun. All of the exotic vegetation that's to be removed, has been spray painted orange.
The removal of vegetation is phase one: that's supposed to take 6 weeks.
In phase two, crews will stabilize the embankment and plant native vegetation.
Maija Gadient is responsible for naming the park, which literally means manatee viewing, years ago. she's been urging the city's parks and recreation director to make improvements here.
"Since the beginning. and he had an open ear for me, and he thought yes, we can do something out of here," she explained.
At this time, there is not a set timeline for phase two.