At times with people many of us avoid, beautiful Williams Park gets a bad rap at times. It’s enjoyable to walk through it under the big hanging branches. There’s a fountain in the middle, near a monument commemorating those who perished in a world war. There is an underused stage along the north side, usually available for community events.
This was previously the PSTA downtown bus depot, so bus parking spaces on three sides have been replaced with parking meters for everyone. The kiosk that sold bus passes is vacant. Panhandlers are now rare in Williams Park, likewise people who lingered here all day on the many benches. The all-day homeless camp of yesteryear is gone.
Discovered this gem while walking around Downtown Fort Myers. Excellent service by pleasant ladies. Television overhead while sitting in huge lounge chairs or choose a table along the walls. Ordered iced green tea and oatmeal with bananas and cream plus a bagel with cream cheese, nine bucks total.
Iced green tea in a glass jar with handle, then rest of order appears in a few minutes. Huge paintings for sale by local artists adorn walls, plus vertical glass and wood case containing antiques on one wall. People reading books or on their laptop welcome.
Directly across from government building and next door to antique shop. Street parking only in this walker-friendly area of narrow streets. One of the nicest restaurant I have found, will be back.
I had parked along the lake just past the park before, but it was last Thursday that I really discovered this long stretch of paradise. There is a small marina at one end, then a fishing pier, a small lighthouse at a peninsula, and that’s just along the shore.
At least six shelters with ceiling fans can be reserved for any gathering, plus there’s a community house and a cafe offering pizza, refreshments and other goodies.
Several signs along the shore warn of snakes and alligators, and sure enough one had his head above water and stared at me for a few minutes before submerging. Fantastic idea that they have several lawn chairs along the shore available to all. Money well-spent here.