Cultural resources are protected at the federal, state, and local level.
As a committment to education of our cultural resources, three of our park sites contain Natural History Education Centers; North Collier Regional Park, Barefoot Beach and Freedom Park. These centers include reference libraries that are available to the public, host lecture series on environmental issues of concern to our citizens, rotating exhibits on topics such as the endangered manatee, native plants, native peoples, mangroves, wetlands, and others.
The Margood Project
One of our newest sites, MarGood, sits on a disturbed Calusa Indian shell mound. A complete archaeological and historical survey of the site was conducted prior to development so as not to disturb any non-renewable cultural resources.
The project site is 2.62 acres located at the northern end of the village of Goodland, southeast of Marco Island. This project will be developed into a passive neighborhood park and will provide educational opportunities for the conservation, protection and enhancement of natural resources.
The project includes rehabilitation of historic buildings and cottages and construction of new picnic shelters. The building which was thought to be Collier County’s first movie theater served the Mar-Good RV resort as a restaurant, store and museum of artifacts. It will be restored and developed into a staffed interpretive center complete with exhibits on natural history. The 550 feet shoreline will be restored complete with ecosystem to attract wading birds and aquatic animals. Two-50 foot fishing/viewing docks will be built to allow visitor access to the park with a non-motorized vessel. This new park will also include a playground, picnic areas, a kayak and canoe launch, parking spaces, paved pathways and additional landscaping.