Benderson Park Wins International Award

By | October 20, 2013

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Nathan Benderson ParkSarasota County received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for Nathan Benderson Park in the category of public-private partnerships for communities with populations of 200,000 to 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council. Maultsby and Paul Blackketter, president and chief operating officer of the Sun Coast Aquatic Nature Center Association, accepted the honor at an awards ceremony during the IEDC annual conference in Philadelphia.

In the early 1990s, Sarasota County purchased the property, which was then an unimproved borrow-pit lake used by local fishermen.Today, the park continues its transformation into a 600-acre regional park to include a world-class rowing venue, which was recently announced as the site for the 2017 World Rowing Championships.The completion of the park project, tentatively scheduled for December 2014, will include a 2,000-meter sprint course and a 30-acre regatta center.

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