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Florida Church Scraps Plans for New Sanctuary to Build Community Park

Large recreational area to include playgrounds, sports and multi-purpose fields, common areas and more

Cape Christian Fellowship in Cape Coral, Fla., has begun construction of Fellowship Park. Phase one of the new 100,000-square-foot community park involves the construction of a large sunken fountain, new landscaping, outdoor seating, and a courtyard.

When finished, the park will include multiple children’s playgrounds, sports and multi-purpose fields, common areas, a zip line, a jogging trail, a splash pad, the city’s first amphitheater, a covered pavilion and covered seating with a café. Fellowship Park will be open for public use and will be funded, maintained, owned and operated by the church.

Despite doubling its membership and outgrowing its current facilities, Cape Christian Fellowship replaced plans to build a multi-million dollar, 1,700-seat auditorium with new plans to build Fellowship Park.

“We are excited to offer our land to build Fellowship Park and are encouraged by our congregation’s generous giving which makes the development of Fellowship Park a reality,” says Executive Pastor Brett Furlong. “We are working in partnership with the design team and city officials to create a park that all families in our city can richly enjoy.”

The church-owned property includes a parking lot with more than 700 parking spaces, restroom facilities and lighting for evening events and activities such as Taste of the Cape, Jazz on the Green, concerts and school assemblies.

For more information, visit or call 239-772-5683.

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Love it! Someone's got imagination and inspired vision! What a way to serve the community while making church activities so convenient and inviting to the public! (Though this isn't part of the plan, I can just imagine the ballfield fences sporting sponsored Bible verses instead of ads!)

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Cape Christian Fellowship pastors, construction crews and city officials break ground on Fellowship Park March 29th. (All photos and renderings courtesy Cape Christian Fellowship)

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Cape Christian Fellowship is engaging its congregation to raise approximately $300,000 to fund a more than 100,000-square-foot park.

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The church is seeking private funding sources to raise an additional $500,000 to fund the amphitheater, restroom and sports fields.