Mackle Park Marco Island Amenities and Events

By Gillian Birch

For over 20 years Mackle Park on Marco Island, Florida has been welcoming families, visitors and locals to its many attractions. Located towards the south end of Marco Island at 1361 Andalusia Terrace, the Frank E. Mackle Community Park is a place for all kinds of outdoor sporting activities including ping-pong, walking, jogging, shuffleboard and “lawn bowling”, also known as bocce. 

Paved walkways run around the edge of a small lake with a fountain. You can walk, run, spot birds, gators and wildlife, go fishing (catch and release) or enjoy people-watching from the seats around this manmade lake. 

Marco Island, Florida Mackle Park. Discover what makes this a top spot for Marco Island visitors and residents.
Photo credit Mary Carol Fitzgerald

Family-Friendly Things to do in Mackle Park

Kids will love to run and play in Mackle Park on Marco Island. There’s a large playground for climbing and exploring and a splash water park with jets for cooling off on hot days. From June to mid-August, the park hosts Camp Mackle, a summer program of supervised fun for children aged 6 to 11. 

Energetic kids can bring a Frisbee or kite and have fun in the open spaces. Team sports enthusiasts can make use of the covered basketball court, volleyball court and soccer field. Even junior players are accommodated with a Kid’s Sports Area which has its own mini-size basketball net, tetherball and hopscotch. 

Mackle Park has a very impressive play area for children to play imaginary games, climb, balance, crawl and slide on the equipment. There’s also a smaller fenced playground area with baby swings for toddlers to play safely. The fun rock-climbing wall has plenty of handholds for climbers to work out their best route as they climb up the mural-painted wall. 

Year-round family-friendly events include a Memorial Day Ceremony, an End-of-School Bash, Movies in the Park, visits from the Easter Bunny and Santa, Farmers Market, concerts, arts and crafts and more. You can look for up-coming events on the Marco Island Parks and Recreation calendar

Dog-friendly Mackle Park on Marco Island

Pets are welcome at Mackle Park in the designated Canine Cove Dog Park which is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. There are two designated dog park areas, one for large dogs and one for smaller pets. Owners can relax at the picnic benches and watch their pets exercise and play safely in the enclosed space. 

Mackle Park Community Center

Mackle Park is centered on the community center which has recently been updated with a modern entrance, classrooms and restrooms. There is no charge to use the park, community center amenities and restrooms but special events hosted at the community center generally charge admission or are ticketed events. 

Visitors can make use of the games room in Mackle Park Community Center. It has billiards tables, X-Box games, ping-pong tables, foosball and a gymnastics area for working out. Equipment rentals are also available. 

If you’re planning a visit to Mackle Park in Marco Island, you’ll find plenty of parking and picnic tables so why not bring refreshments or a picnic as part of your visit?

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Photo credit Mary Carol Fitzgerald

Written by: Gillian Birch | Author Website

Gillian Birch is a freelance travel writer and, whenever possible between trips, she enjoys life in Florida. As the wife of a Master Mariner, she has traveled extensively and lived in some exotic locations all over the world, including the Far East and the Republic of Panama. Describing herself as having "endless itchy feet and an insatiable wanderlust", she continues to explore Florida and further afield, writing about her experiences with wonderful clarity and attention to detail. With a diploma in Journalism from the BCJ, she has published several travel books and ebooks, all available on Amazon under her name. Formerly the Florida Editor for BellaOnline from 2011-13, Gillian is an active member of the International Travel Writers' Alliance and the Gulf Coast Writers' Association, and an enthusiastic guest blogger for Must Do Visitor Guides. Learn more about her writing as YourTravelGirl at: www.gillianbirch.com and follow her blog around the world at https://gillianbirch.wordpress.com/

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