FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s golf and tennis teams were hard at work building Natural Playscape, a new concept in playgrounds being introduced by Child Care of Southwest Florida. Playscape is an all natural themed playground with outdoor learning and playing components.
Located at the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center in Fort Myers, both teams participated in planting trees, building a fountain and pond for children to explore, developing butterfly and sunflower gardens, as well as constructing pathways throughout the playground.
“The opportunity for our student-athletes to work with the staff at Playscape was extremely rewarding,” said head men’s tennis coach J. Webb Horton. “This service fits in with the mission of the university. We cannot wait to go back and see the completed project.”
Florida Gulf Coast University student-athletes seek to be strong community partners and role models for today’s youth.
“We always enjoy helping out the community. We like to give back to the community that has continually supported FGCU and the athletics program, and if we can make people smile and improve their facilities at the same time, then it makes it all worth it,” said head men’s golf coach Brent Jensen.
The first phase of construction for Natural Playscape was made possible by sponsorship from BB&T bank.