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City of Sarasota seeking paddling equipment donations

If your kids have outgrown last season’s life jackets, or you received a bag of new life jackets when you purchased a new boat and used them to replace the old ones, please donate any PFDs you won’t use to the City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District. Donating your used life jackets – as long as they are still in good working condition – allows them to continue their usefulness long after you have finished with them. Donated life jackets will be used for youth and adult water safety at City of Sarasota Aquatic facilities and for our educational water safety and boating programs.

Donating new or used kayak paddles or paddleboard paddles will aid the City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District in teaching youth about paddling safety and will allow youth in the community to learn a lifelong skill.

If you are interested in donating any items or would like more information on our educational water safety and boating programs, please contact Emily Randell at 941-263-6732 or


Conveniently located less than two miles from downtown Sarasota, Arlington Park was selected as one of the South Florida locations on the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. This city park offers residents and visitors a 50-meter lap pool, 25-yard instructional pool, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, outdoor fitness gym, ½-mile walking trail and dog park. This park is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District. Many recreational as well as aquatic programs are offered.

For more information, please contact the Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex at 941-263-6732.