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Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota

(4.3/5 based on 110+ 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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  • It is amazing Sarasota has such a wonderful venue for rowers-local, national, international college teams. Benderson has done a phenomenal job of building this park. Many people use the park for runni...  more »
  • Looked for a place to take a nice walk and came to the Benderson Park. I saw birds and turtles and people biking and walking/jogging around the paths. There were three kayaks with people fishing but I...  more »
  • My wife and I decided to take a walk and since the BNP is fairly close to our house, decided to look it over prior to the 2017 events beginning. Be prepared for a long walk, all on a paved surface. Th...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Clean park, no wood chips which is great o hate those, has swings, play ground, other cool toys, what I found very nice is a phone charging station bring the USB cord and charge you phone, tablets etc.....
  • After renting paddleboards and/or bikes from Drive SRQ this was a great place to ride and paddle.
  • Great location for rollerblading and walking around the lake. Good place to watch rowing
  • Love this place....looking for a nice stroll around the park this is the place...you can bring your dogs too