Things to Do

Sarasota Celebrates Arbor Day With a Scavenger Hunt

The county's third annual "Tree Quest" is an interactive, educational way to learn about trees.

01/16/2020 By Rachel Suwak

Restaurant Review

Siegfried’s Friendly Beer Garden Offers Classic German Fare

The Gillespie Park restaurant's menu runs through a host of traditional Rhineland dishes.

01/03/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Parks & Rec

Payne Park Skate Park Now Free to Public

The previous user fee has been eliminated.

11/22/2019 By Staff

Parks

Payne Park Skate Park to Temporarily Close Beginning Nov. 15

A request for proposals issued by the City last month resulted in no responses from parties interested in taking over the operations at the park, including the current vendor.

11/13/2019 By Staff

Climb aboard

New Treehouse-Themed Playground at Pioneer Park Unveiled

After a suspicious fire torched the old playground, a new state-of-the-art playground has taken its place.

10/02/2019 By Olivia Epstein

Construction

City Upgrading Wastewater Piping Near Park

The City of Sarasota recently contracted with Halfacre Construction Company to replace wastewater force main piping near Gillespie Park.

03/11/2019 By Staff

Fitness

New Outdoor Gym Opens Saturday

The City of Sarasota is opening a new outdoor fitness gym at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex.

02/21/2019 By Staff

Only in Sarasota

Only in Sarasota: Dolphins at Bayfront Park

This month: that iconic statue.

01/10/2019 Illustrations by John Pirman

Planning

City Conducting Online Survey on Top Local Issues

The survey covers issues such as parks programs, sustainability, growth and development.

01/07/2019 By Staff

Politics

Florida No. 14 in Ranking of States Most Affected By Federal Government Shutdown

The ranking is based on the number of federal jobs in each state, the amount of federal contract dollars the states receive and other data points.

01/03/2019 By Staff

Nature

New Park Opens

West Villages Florida recently opened its first public park, Blue Heron Park.

12/21/2018 By Staff

Real Estate Junkie

For Sale: A 1925 Cottage With Sarasota's Best Front Porch in Gillespie Park

This home is a perfect example of what makes the neighborhood so special.

12/07/2018 By Robert Plunket

Winning Works

Local Students Awarded for 2019 Embracing Our Differences Exhibit

The 2019 international art exhibit Embracing Our Differences runs Jan. 19 through March 15 in Bayfront Park.

11/28/2018 By Giulia Heyward

Government

County Names New Parks and Recreation Director

Sarasota County recently hired Nicole Rissler as the new director of the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department.

11/09/2018 By Staff

Events

Civic Group to Honor John McCarthy at Annual Celebration

For decades, McCarthy has worked on environmental issues, parks management and historic preservation, given tours and lectures about the history of Sarasota and more.

10/16/2018 By Staff

Recreation

Park Management Changing Hands

Next month, five City of Sarasota parks and recreation facilities now maintained by Sarasota County through an inter-local agreement will return to the city.

09/17/2018 By Staff

Recreation

New Dog Park Opens Monday

The Canine Club at Gillespie Park includes two separate fenced areas, dog drinking fountains and new trees, landscaping and shade structures.

09/04/2018 By Staff

Real Estate Junkie

For Sale: Three Gillespie Park Bungalows

If you're looking for an old bungalow to rehab, our Real Estate Junkie's got three great picks.

03/16/2018 By Robert Plunket

Parks

New Educational Facility at Robinson Preserve Opens

Manatee County last week opened its new Mosaic NEST (Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology) facility at Robinson Preserve.

02/19/2018 By Staff

Planning

Bradenton Nonprofit Wants Public Input on Riverwalk Extension

Realize Bradenton is asking the public for ideas for a new public park set to be built as part of the eastward expansion of the Bradenton Riverwalk.

01/23/2018 By Staff