Making our Dream of a Park a Reality

Rosemary District residents and stakeholders have been lobbying for a centrally-located neighborhood park since 2016.

 

After years of searching and negotiating, the City of Sarasota purchased land for a park on the southwest corner of Blvd of the Arts and Central Ave in January, 2021. The purchase was a public-private partnership funded by $890,000 in accumulated Park Impact Fees and $120,000 donated by Rosemary District residents and stakeholders and friends in the wider Sarasota community. Thanks to their generous support, the neighborhood has funds left over to spend on making our park one to be especially proud of.

Let the park design and development begin!

Current Status:

The Park Design Team has released 3 Concept Drawings (shown to the right). These are based on surveys collected from 852 people.

Now it's time to provide your feedback on these Concept Drawings. Click HERE for a video about the concepts and a survey on what you like and dislike. The survey deadline has been extended to February 25.

Demolition of the buildings on the site is scheduled to begin February 22. Irrigation will be installed and the area sodded in early March.

RDA will provide regular updates to the community in the monthly RDA Newsletter, at community meetings and through this website.

In The News: "City shares design concepts for Rosemary District park"

First 3 Park Concept Designs
The Feedback Survey is
HERE

Concept A: Urban
Concept A: Urban

66% hardscape & 34% greenspace; shaded seating under fabric canopies and trellises

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Concept B: Artful
Concept B: Artful

76% hardscape & 24% greenspace; features trellis-shaded bench swings, a water wall and a games area

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Concept C: Tranquil
Concept C: Tranquil

38% Hardscape & 62% Greenspace; features a flexible lawn space, cafe and picnic seating, raised planters, sculptural mounds

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Concept A: Urban
Concept A: Urban

66% hardscape & 34% greenspace; shaded seating under fabric canopies and trellises

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Concept A: Urban

  • 66% hardscape & 34% greenspace

Concept B: Artful

  • 76% hardscape & 24% greenspace

Concept C: Tranquil

  • 38% hardscape & 62% greenspace

LIVE Web Cam of Rosemary District Park site

View provided by DreamLarge

Watch our tree turn green
as we approach our $20,000 goal
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Current tally:

  • $13,257

  • 127 gifts

not including 41 tax-deductible gifts made through Gulf Coast Community Foundation for our $120,000 contribution to the purchase of the land

 
 

If you'd like to give a different amount, please mail a check payable to Rosemary District Association to PO Box 3145, Sarasota FL 34230. Gifts through this website or our PO Box are not tax-deductible.

If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation is accepting donations for the benefit of the Rosemary District Park Fund. Please send checks payable to Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 1931 S. Osprey Ave, Sarasota FL 34239 and include “Rosemary District Park Project Fund” in the memo line of your check. If you have questions, Contact Us, and the Fundraising Chair will get back to you with an answer.

Thank you for your support!

Gifts from community members like you strengthen our public/private partnership with the City of Sarasota as we work together to develop a park that Rosemary District will point to with pride.