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Help shape the future of parks at upcoming master plan workshops

​SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County is asking for the public's help as it creates a Parks, Preserves and Recreation Master Plan that will serve as a road map for the future of the department.

The plan will provide a framework for enhancing the parks system. Input from the community is critical to its success. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources needs you to tell them what's working, what's needed, and what's most important to you and your family.

Three upcoming public workshops have been scheduled:

  • 6 p.m. Monday, April 6, Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at Morgan Family Center, 6207 W. Price Blvd., North Port
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota

“These meetings and other outreach efforts will allow us to collect data and feedback that can help us prioritize the current and future needs of our parks system,” said Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Director Carolyn Brown.

Sarasota County is home to 160 parks, preserves, beaches and trails totaling more than 55,000 acres that offer fun play spaces, places to enjoy nature and wonderful locations for special events and programs. For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit