Property Owners Handbook - Page 17

III . C ommunit y A ssociation Par k s , Pathway s and R oadway s Estero Bay Park Estero Bay Park is found nestled beside the mangroves along Estero Bay, in the Eagle Watch area adjacent to Bonita Bay Boulevard. The Park offers views of Estero Bay from an 800-foot-long boardwalk through the mangroves; a screened pavilion with restroom facilities; picnic areas with grills; a children’s playground; a butterfly garden; and nature trails marked with archeological and historical interpretive signs. The Park is available for all residents and their guests. The Estero Bay Park site is being preserved so that we may share with you its rich historical and archeological significance. The preservation of this site allows for the gathering of data which enables us to follow the evolution of human cultures and the development of modern society. The Native Americans of Estero Bay, the Calusa Indians, settled in this area more than 8,000 years ago. The Calusa society built its settlements atop large earthen mounds called middens. The middens were constructed from shells, animal bones and other refuse. Their homes were roun