John Yarbrough Linear Park

The southern entrance to the John Yarbrough Linear Park

From time to time I like to point out some of the wonderful recreation areas we have in southwest Florida. As today’s ride to Lakes Regional Park took me down the Ten Mile Linear Park, I just thought I’d take a moment to talk about it.

First of all, let me start off by correcting myself and state that the parks real name is now officially the John Yarbrough Linear Park, named after John Yarbrough, a long time retiring director of Lee Parks and Recreation, instead of the Ten Mile Linear Park. The park is, as its name implies, a long slender park which runs adjacent to the Fort Myers’ Ten Mile Canal, crisscrossing it from time to time with arched bridges, just a few hundred feet west of Metro Parkway.

It is curious to note that this once named Ten Mile Linear Park is not ten miles long at all. In fact it’s currently approximately six miles in length, taking it’s original name from the Fort Myers Ten Mile Canal it runs adjacent to. The park is a slender green space removed from the urban sprawl trading pavement and traffic noises for natural green surroundings where you can spot a plethora of Florida’s amazing fauna including herons, egrets, turtles and even alligators (hey if there is a body of water, odds are there are alligators in it).

The park offers a wide paved path for cycling, skating, and running as well as a couple of shade shelters and picnic tables. It’s even dog friendly. The park runs between Colonial Boulevard and Six Mile Cypress with long term plans to connect it from the Charlotte County line to the Collier County line.

On any given day, you’ll find people of all ages enjoying the park. It’s extremely popular with the inline skating crowd as it’s continuous quiet stretches of pathways are unhindered by vehicular traffic and stoplights, although running more than one phase of the park will require using pedestrian crosswalks. One of my favorite sights are skating Mom’s and their three-wheeled sport buggies cruising down the paths.

So next time you find yourself in the Fort Myers area and have some free time to enjoy the surroundings, be sure to check out the John Yarbrough Linear Park. For more information, visit the Lee County Parks and Recreation website.

So onto today’s ride. Another near perfect day here in southwest Florida with temperatures hovering in the low 80’s with our classic blue skies with big white billow clouds.

Route: Lakes Regional Park
Activity: Cycle
Started: Mar 2, 2011 9:01:21 AM
Ride Time: 1:48:19
Stopped Time: 1:27:53
Distance: 26.32 miles
Average Speed: 14.58 miles/h
Fastest Speed: 34.02 miles/h
Ascent: 217 feet
Descent: 295 feet
Calories: 1574
Official: No

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