Description & History:
Lynn Hall Memorial Park is a five acre centrally located Gulf-front park on Fort Myers Beach, just north of the foot of the Matanzas Pass Bridge in the heart of downtown near Times Square. This park is an excellent location to swing by the beach before or after dining or shopping at the plethora of downtown establishments nearby. The park features accessible beach access, shelters with grills for picnicking based on a first come first serve basis, freshwater rinse off showers, changing rooms and restrooms, as well as a licensed fishing pier with a bait and tackle shop (no fishing license required to fish off the pier).
In the 1930s, before Lee County acquired the land, a wooden fishing pier was constructed, and the adjacent land was used for parking and picnicking without facilities. This area would later come to be known as the “Ft. Myers Beach Pier” and “Ft. Myers Beach Park”. The County acquired the land in November of 1949; however, the park was left largely unchanged until 1953 when a bathhouse was built and caretakers were appointed to live on site fulltime. The present-day concrete pier was constructed in the mid-1970s, along with a staffed gatehouse for paid parking that started out at 25 cents per hour. The park was re-named as Lynn Hall Memorial Park in 1981 as a dedication to a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy who was killed by a wanted fugitive at the park late one night in April of 1979. The last major changes to the park occurred in the late 1980s when the gatehouse and old bathhouse were demolished. The present-day bathhouse, blacktop parking lot, and parking meters were all added at this time. The park underwent repairs in the early 1990s after a storm caused extensive damage to the pier and wooden boardwalks leading out to the beach. The park was subsequently re-opened in February of 1992 and has remained largely unchanged since then.
Lynn Hall Memorial Park is free to use; however, there is a $2 parking fee for all vehicles that do not have a Lee County Annual Parking Sticker.