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.
Nathan Benderson Park is situated west of Interstate 75 and east of The Meadows residential community. The newly constructed Cattlemen Road extension allows access to the park from Fruitville and University Parkway. Nathan Benderson Park is one of only a handful of sites in North America identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a premiere rowing facility. The park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009.