About Nathan Benderson Park
Nathan Benderson Park is located in Sarasota, Florida. It is slated to become North America's premier 2,000-meter athletic and regatta center by 2015. Over $40 million is committed to the facility's future development, finished in 2013 is the 2,200 meter racing lanes and straight shorelines. Coaches paths, a wave attenuation system, a multi-function boathouse and athlete training center, starting huts and finish towers, grand stands and a state of the art boat maintenance and testing facility are just some of the numerous amenities the venue will offer. Most of these facilities will be constructed on a first of its kind "regatta island" an Olympic Village type setting which will provide competitors the support and focus which rowing demands, and spectators a viewing and entertainment platform unparalleled at courses elsewhere in the world.
Located at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle in Sarasota, FL, Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre park providing the public access to a 400-acre lake. Sarasota County purchased the site in the early 1990s. Prior to that, the property had been an active shell excavation pit for road construction fill. Cooper Creek enters the east side of the large lake and exits at the northwest corner.
Nathan Benderson Park is situated west of Interstate 75 and east of The Meadows residential community. The newly constructed Cattlemen Road extension allows access to the park from Fruitville and University Parkway. Nathan Benderson Park is one of only a handful of sites in North America identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a premiere rowing facility. The park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009.