Help plan the future of the Koreshan Historic Site

Wednesday, June 29 at 5 p.m.

The Planetary Court building at the Koreshan Historic Site: What do Estero residents envision for the future of this park?

Can you imagine walking over the Estero River on a footbridge connecting the historic Boomer Home to the Koreshan site?

Or taking a tour of this home, built in 1916 at the behest of Waldorf-Astoria Hotel magnate Lucius Boomer for his mother, Bertha Sterling Boomer, an original Koreshan Unity follower and member of the Planetary Court?

Or attending a wedding on the 25-acre grounds of this old Florida manor?

Plenty of events are ongoing at the historic site of the Koreshan Unity, including farmers markets on Sundays that include native plant sales, concerts in the arts hall, tours of various buildings and so much else.

But Park Manager Rick Argo and staff want to know what Estero residents would like to see and do at this gem in our midst. All residents are invited to a long-term planning session in just a few days.

Ideas will go on a wish list for the 10-year management plan for the Koreshan State Historic Site when the details are discussed at a public forum at 5 p.m. on June 29.

  The meeting will be held at the Art Hall at the park, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero.

Recent suggestions for the site have included:

  • More prominent signage directing cars to the park
  • Concessions for canoes and kayaks
  • A renovated boat ramp with separate canoe/kayak launch
  • A boardwalk along the river accessible for less abled visitors
  • Convenient access to safe bike and pedestrian paths
  • Entrance passes or discounts/memberships for Estero residents

Check out other proposals for Koreshan park’s future in the draft of the DEP’s Unit Management Plan at www.fldepnet.org/public-notices

The Naples Daily News recently published a story about the Boomer property. See it here:

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