Longboat Key, Florida | July 11th, 2018 – The public parks on Longboat Key are very much a part of the many local facilities that make living in this town such a great experience. The island’s parks are community centers woven into holidays and celebrations, which was quite well pronounced in the 4th of July festivities this year with Longboat’s Bicentennial Park as the standout.
As in past years’ celebrations of U.S. Independence Day, the Bicentennial Park again hosted the 2018 holiday activities which fired off with the morning Freedom Fest parade starting near Sun Trust Bank on Bay Isles Road just east of the park.
Developer Arvida’s Tribute
There is no other place but the Bicentennial Park where 4th of July celebrations in the island are best held. This park, as its name suggests, was established to pay tribute to the 1976 U.S. bicentennial and was dedicated on July 4, 1976. The park’s construction was a project of Longboat’s Bicentennial of the Constitution Committee in cooperation with Arvida Corporation which developed the island’s Bay Isles communities including the Harbour Links neighborhood.
Arvida deeded the one-acre Bicentennial Park to the town in 1978. It sits west of Town Hall just off the bike lane on the corner of Bay Isles Road and Gulf of Mexico Drive. The park offers a shady garden state-recognized as a Florida Model Garden. Colorful plants and flowers planted and maintained regularly grace this park which in recent Independence Day celebrations hosts Longboat’s popular Hot Diggity Dog costume contest. The park also notably sports wooden-like benches made of recycled plastic that the Longboat Key Garden Club donated.
More Pickle Ball Facilities
A few refinements too are underway at Longboat Key’s Bayfront Park where its tennis courts were slightly modified recently in order to accommodate players of pickle ball. Lines defining pickle ball play were painted on the tennis courts and portable pickle ball nets have also been made available at the park. Bayfront Park, which underwent an extensive renovation, only has one true pickle ball court.
Prompting the move expanding the tennis court’s use to pickle ball was this sport’s growing popularity in the island. A proposal is now being hatched to petition the Town Commission to build four pickleball courts near the Longboat Library. As envisioned, the town’s Tennis Center would manage these facilities including schedule and membership fees.
Expansive Natural Getaways
Besides its beaches Longboat Key also has two parks serving as natural getaways for residents as well as visitors. Towards the north end of the island there’s the 32-acre Joan M. Durante Park with paths and boardwalks winding up to some of the most serene views of Sarasota Bay. The park’s trails crisscross through mangrove wetlands, salt marsh, and upland hammock, so a walk here is quite a memorable experience.
Some of Longboat Key’s iconic restaurants are near this park, including Harry’s Continental Kitchens, the Lazy Lobster and Euphemia Haye Restaurant, and hence a visit to this part of town could likewise be a culinary excursion.
On Longboat Key’s southern tip adjacent south of the condominium complex Tangerine Bay Club, Longboat also takes pride in its Quick Point Nature Preserve. This park offers a fishing pier, canoe launch and scenic views of the local coastline frequented by wading birds.
Linkages on the Bay
Like the Bicentennial Park, Bayfront Park, and Joan M. Durante Park, Quick Point Nature Reserve is also part of the Gulf Coast Heritage Trail. This extensive kayak and canoe trail links attractions in and around Sarasota Bay and thus helps further enrich the quality of life in and around Longboat Key.
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