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Nathan Benderson Park

Located in Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) is a unique 600-acre community park slated to become North America’s premier 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and Regatta Center.

One of a handful of sites in the United States identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a world class rowing and recreational facility, Nathan Benderson Park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009.

Park History

Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre park providing the public access to a 400-acre lake. The county purchased the site in the early 1990s. Prior to 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.

Park Loop

The loop around Nathan Benderson Park is measured at roughly 3.5 miles and is often used for 5k races.

Park Operations

Nathan Benderson Park is open to the public and offers year-round recreational opportunities for all ages. Challenge your stamina with a walk, jog, or ride on our neatly manicured trails. Take to the water with a canoe, rowboat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. Enjoy an afternoon picnic with a picturesque backdrop of pristine natural beauty. Or become a spectator to a thrilling international championship event.

  • Boat ramp for small, non-motor watercraft, rowboats and kayaks
  • Running/biking trail encircling the picturesque 400-acre lake
  • A full calendar of championship events, community causes and more
  • Ample parking
  • Picnic areas
  • World class facilities
  • Pet friendly

Prohibited Activities

  • NO Glass Containers
  • NO Littering or Dumping
  • NO Fishing from Docks
  • NO Swimming
  • NO Soliciting
  • NO Open Fires
  • NO Feeding Wildlife

Travel Information

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 Road and University Parkway.

Major Access Roads: Interstate 75 (North-South) and US Highway 41 (North-South)

Park Hours

April - October: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
November - March:     6:00 am to 6:00 pm

SANCA Mission & Priorities

The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA), is a not-for-profit 501c3 business created to manage Nathan Benderson Park, a community/public asset and world class, multi-use sports venue. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for our community and be an economic generator for our region.

Park Hours

April - October: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
November - March:     6:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

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