SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County and the Town of Longboat Key will host a grand opening celebration at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, for the Bayfront Park improvement project.
New amenities and enhancements at the nearly 9-acre park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, include a dog park; kayak launch; pickleball, shuffleboard and basketball courts; children’s area/playground; picnic area; covered pavilion; fishing pier; bicycle facilities; multipurpose pathway for biking and jogging; exercise and fitness classes; and a technology hub featuring Wi-Fi throughout the park.
The celebration is open to the public and will include free refreshments and guest speakers. Event attendees will have an opportunity to tour the park and experience some of the amenities available, including a fishing clinic hosted by Rusty Chinnis, a dog training demonstration from Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue at the dog park and pickleball, kayak and paddleboard demonstrations.
Bayfront Park traces its history back to the 1950s, when residents used a surplus U.S. Army building at the site as a recreation center.
In 2007, Sarasota County became a partner with the town in the expansion and improvement of the park when it acquired the four parcels (3.88 acres) immediately to the south of the recreation center through its Neighborhood Parkland Acquisition Program. The addition of this tract provided an opportunity for the county and town to work together to expand Bayfront Park and to offer residents the first gulf-to-bay public park on the island.
For more information about the grand opening, visit www.longboatkey.org or call Longboat Key Town Hall at 941-316-1999.