Coyle Freedom Park.
“I would like to thank my fellow commissioners for recognizing my years of service to the county by renaming the park in my honor,” said Coyle. “It is an incredible tribute to have my name associated with a park in my district that honors the members of our Armed Forces and Uniformed Services who protect our lives and freedoms.”
Commissioner Coyle, a Vietnam War veteran, has always had a special connection to the park, leading the charge to have it developed. The county bought the land for the park, located at 1515 Golden Gate Parkway in Coyle’s district, for $19.2 million in 2004 and crews worked for 17 months to build the $12.3 million park. It opened in 2009.
The park is about 50 acres and includes a 5 acre lake with about 3,500 feet of boardwalk constructed through the park. Existing onsite wetlands were restored via removal of exotic vegetation and the planting of native species.
“Commissioner Coyle has spent his life dedicated to the service of his country and community, especially the last 13 years as a Collier County commissioner,” said Commissioner Georgia Hiller, who proposed the name change. “There is no better way to thank Commissioner Coyle for his dedicated service to Collier County than by renaming this beautiful park the Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park.”