Mission, Vision & Values

Charting Our Course: The Underlying Principles Driving Nathan Benderson Park



The mission of the Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy is to manage and promote Nathan Benderson Park as a world-class recreational destination, enhancing the quality of life for our community and generating economic impact for our region.

Sarasota County has entrusted the Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy with the complete day-to-day care of this 600-acre community asset. As the stewards of the Park, the Conservancy tends to the complex maintenance, visitor services, event management, outreach programs and so much more.


Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy’s vision of Nathan Benderson Park is to serve as a global, innovative, and premier destination that welcomes and connects people, while fostering a healthy, sustainable and safe environment.

Core Values

EXCEED EXPECTATIONS: To go from ordinary to extraordinary.
EMBRACE CHANGE: Unlimited thinking creates unlimited possibilities.
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION: It is all about you.
VARIETY OF OPPORTUNITIES: Something for everyone.
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Provide and promote healthy lifestyle opportunities for our staff and community.
INTEGRITY: Do everything personally and professionally with the highest sense of ethical values.
VALUE PEOPLE: Enable individuals to learn their value to the community through recreational opportunities. Our staff is our greatest resource and investment for success.
EDUCATE: Help the members of our community learn the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through the assistance of recreational programs.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Nathan Benderson Park is a community park and world-class event facility which welcomes and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of individuals from throughout the world. These individuals represent a diversity of backgrounds, identities and abilities.

As stewards of the park, Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy is committed to creating and, continuously improving, an inclusive and equitable environment in which all visitors and staff members feel safe, respected and valued – regardless of any aspect of one’s identity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, ability or age. We strive to provide opportunities and access to all who wish to enjoy the Park.

Sport makes Nathan Benderson Park unique and it is one of the major drivers of the Conservancy’s mission. We recognize, celebrate and embrace the opportunity sport provides to unite a diversity of individuals in a common interest.

Striving to have a board and staff representative of a diversity of identities, the Conservancy celebrates our place in a diverse global community.  We embrace and recognize that representation and diversity of thought and perspective makes us stronger and best able to serve our global community.


Community Memberships & Affiliations

We are proud to be a member of:

– Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

– Manatee Chamber of Commerce

– Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance (LWRBA)