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Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
Nathan Benderson Park is located in Sarasota, Florida. It is North America’s premier 2,000-meter sprint course and regatta center. Over $40 million is committed to the facility’s future development, including a multi-function boathouse and athlete training center, starting huts and finish towers, grand stands and a state of the art boat maintenance and testing facility. Most of these facilities will be constructed on a first of its kind “regatta island” – an Olympic Village type setting which will provide competitors the support and focus which rowing demands, and spectators a viewing and entertainment platform unparalleled at sprint courses elsewhere in the world.

The Park will also be home to numerous other paddle sport competitions, from dragon boats to canoe and kayak races, as well as triathlon and cross country events. And to top it all off, the Park is located immediately adjacent to University Town Center – Southwest Florida’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination opening in October 2014!

Park History

Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre park which provides the public access to a 400-acre lake. The county purchased the site in the early 1990’s. Before that, the property had been an active shell excavation pit for road construction fill. Cooper Creek enters the east side of the large lake and exits at the northwest corner.

Nathan Benderson park is situated west of Interstate 75 and east of The Meadows residential community. The newly constructed Cattlemen Road extension provides access to the park from Fruitville and University Parkway. One of a handful of sites in North America identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a premiere rowing facility, Nathan Benderson Park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009.
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  • This is the venue for the world rowing championships in sept/oct 2017 and is right next to the interstate 75. There has been a lot of roadworks and construction here for the past 3 years and its still...  read more »
  • race a hlaf marathon on sunday morning the park was amazing becasue the last mile of the race was down the middle of the water! 
  • Great park! Very prettand well-maintained walking/running paths. Our race took us all around the park, ending with a mile run across the lake where they host international rowing competitions. 
  • Parking is sometimes chaotic but once you get to the park, it's a lot of fun. I never have trouble finding a spot to view the boat races. Bathrooms are clean and easy to find, scores are posted at various locations and quickly. The park is also a nice place to walk or run around in a semi-serene setting despite its proximity to the interstate.
  • I attended a rowing competition here in February. It is very nicely set up for rowing. With a great spectator area and very orderly boat management and officiating. This is probably one of the best rowing venues around.
  • Great park for sports and the facility keeps improving every time I visit. Excited to see what the area becomes in the next few years.
  • Love this place....looking for a nice stroll around the park this is the can bring your dogs too
  • We bike, rollerblade and walk our dogs here. It's beautiful and so clean!
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