Bay Park Conservancy Awarded $300,000 Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation

The Giving Coast

Imagery of the Mangrove Bayou Walkway and Phase 1 renderings, courtesy of The Bay

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded The Bay Park Conservancy a $300,000 grant to support the development of the first 10 acres of The Bay Park. “The plan for The Bay reflects our community’s bold vision of what’s possible on this precious stretch of bayfront,” said Mark Pritchett, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. "From the beginning, we have been confident that The Bay Park Conservancy can deliver what our community values most.” The funding will help transform land that is mostly a parking lot into a blue-and-green oasis that celebrates nature, promotes environmental sustainability, and provides accessibility for all. 

“The community's collective vision to transform the Sarasota bayfront into a world-class park, accessible to all, has been a driving personal inspiration for this project,” said Jon Thaxton, Gulf Coast’s senior vice president for community investment. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to correct numerous environmental mistakes of the past, provide jobs, and offer future generations a sustainable asset that will benefit the community in perpetuity.

For more information or general inquiries about this initiative, visit thebaysarasota.org or call 941-203-5316.

Imagery of the Mangrove Bayou Walkway and Phase 1 renderings, courtesy of The Bay

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