Heart of the Community Extravaganza-Lee County, Fort Myers

September 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment


Southwest Florida, Sept. 18, 2015–On Oct. 16 Southwest Airlines , Lee County and City of Fort Myers officials will unveil the Heart of the Community placemaking grant enhancements to the Cornog Plaza on the campus of the Fort Myers Regional Library during a news conference at 2 p.m. The news conference kicks off the Heart of the Community Extravaganza, which will include a costume swap, Scary-oke Sing-off, treat bag craft, a stilt walker, balloon-tying and sweet treats provided by Southwest Airlines. Festivities wind down at 5 p.m. Costumes and blankets or lawn chairs are suggested. The Cornog Plaza is located at 2450 First Street in Fort Myers.


Families can go green this Halloween by swapping their gently used Halloween costumes and accessories! Beginning Oct. 1 costume donations will be accepted at Library Administration, 2345 Union Street in Fort Myers. A token will be exchanged for each donated costume or accessory. Those with a swap token will be invited to “shop” first during the Extravaganza Oct. 16 from 2-3 p.m.  Those without a token may start shopping at 3 p.m. and all unclaimed costumes will be donated.  The Scary-oke Sing-off is Karaoke in not-so-scary costumes and begins at 3 p.m. The costumes and performances will be a frighteningly good time.


“We are excited to share these amenities with the public,” says Sheldon Kaye, Lee County Library System Director. The amenities are just part of Southwest Airlines’ Heart of the Community enhancements. The programming will occur throughout the year.


Southwest Airlines provided a $50,000 grant to the Lee County Library System to transform the Cornog Plaza into an interactive space through a combination of expanded amenities and family-oriented programs. The Library System worked with the community to determine a clear vision and programming platform for the space. New amenities provided by the grant include: oyster canopy, giant bean bags chairs, rocking chairs, colorful tables and chairs, large market umbrellas and game carts..[b1]  Additional funds will be spent on programming and an interactive piece for children.


Placemaking is an emerging movement with environmentalist roots that positions public spaces as engines for urban development, serving as catalysts for building sustainable, healthy, inclusive and economically viable neighborhoods. For more than 40 years, Southwest’s lead partner Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has refined the participatory Placemaking process.




Media Contact: Kristy Kilfoyle, Program Coordinator

Lee County Library System

239.533. 4808, kkilfoyle@leegov.comr by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.



Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Its pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. PPS was founded in 1975 to apply and expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, the author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Since then, the organization has completed projects in over 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 U.S. states and are the premier center for best practices, information and resources on Placemaking. www.pps.org and www.pps.org/heart-of-the-community




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