Waddill will be in responsible for park implementation and management
SARASOTA, Fla. – March XX, 2022 – The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of 53 acres of City-owned land along Sarasota Bay into an iconic public park, is excited to announce the promotion of William Waddill to Chief Operating Officer.
In his new role, Waddill will be responsible for overall operational management of The Bay Park Conservancy and The Bay Park as each phase of the site is completed. He will have responsibility for planning and design, development and operations as the BPC assumes management responsibility of the park, including the coordination of activation and programming to ensure a world-class park guest experience.
“Bill has been an instrumental piece of The Bay Park Conservancy since inception, and it delights us to expand his role to Chief Operating Officer,” says AG Lafley, Founding CEO of The Bay Park Conservancy. “He has the knowledge, leadership, energy and drive to both develop and manage Sarasota’s own central park.”
Waddill, a long-term Sarasota resident now well known for his weekly BPC Construction Updates, oversees the entirety of implementation for The Bay Park, including the management of design teams, city approval and permitting processes, and the building, operations and maintenance of the park. Through his efforts, The Bay is on track to open Phase 1 of the park in October 2022.
“I’ve worked on a lot of great park projects over the years, but none as exciting and transformative as The Bay,” says Waddill. “Our talented design and construction team is thrilled to transform these 53 acres into an iconic destination for all in our community.”
Bill Waddill is a certified planner and landscape architect with over 36 years of experience managing the design, public engagement, and implementation process for both public and private projects, including the Bradenton Riverwalk, Siesta Beach Park, Perry Harvey Park in Tampa, Babcock Ranch Town Center in Ft. Myers, and Baker Park in Naples. He is a member of the AICP, PLA, and ASLA.
For more information about The Bay Park Conservancy, visit www.bayparkconservancy.org or contact Julia Groom at email@example.com or 941.786.8732.
About The Bay
The approved Bay Master Plan will conserve 53 acres of city-owned land and create an iconic public park along Sarasota Bay. The Bay is on track to open phase one of the park in the summer of 2022, providing an iconic destination that will welcome everyone to Sarasota.The Park will cost about $100-150 million and will take between 7-10 years, over 3 or more phases to complete. The Blue Pagoda serves as a welcome center for visitors and an on-site office for The Bay Park Conservancy. For more information or general inquiries about this initiative, please visit www.thebaysarasota.org or call 941-203-5316.
About The Bay Park Conservancy
The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC) was formed as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in 2019 to implement the master plan approved by the Sarasota City Commission to conserve 53 acres of public land for a community park on Sarasota Bay. The BPC entered a long-term partnership with the City and will fund, develop, operate, and sustain the park for the benefit of the community, now, and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.thebaysarasota.org.