The Mangrove Walkway will officially open to public on April 10
The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the non-profit organization
responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of 53-acres of City-owned land along Sarasota Bay into a
public park celebrated the Mangrove Walkway with a small, private ribbon-cutting ceremony on March
25. The occasion was celebrated alongside friends, supporters and key stakeholders. The Mangrove
Walkway will officially open for public access on April 10.
This celebration marks the walkway’s progress. The half-mile, 10-ft. wide sidewalk winds around the
coastal wetlands in The Bay Park. The Mangrove Walkway originally broke ground in January of 2020 with
the western portion opening to the public in October of 2020. Work will continue on other walkway
features including the new kayak launch, dredged and restored bayou and enhanced bayou bridge with
an expected completion of summer 2021.
Staying true to The Bay’s guiding principles and commitment to the environment, this development
focuses on conserving and restoring the ecology of the Mangrove Bayou.
Enhancements include the removal of invasive plant species and the installation of more than two dozen
different Florida-friendly plants and the addition of over 100 new trees. Other important enhancements
include new stormwater treatment measures and new ADA accessible pathways.
“The Mangrove Walkway marks an exciting milestone in The Bay’s progress,” said AG Lafley, Founding
CEO of The Bay Park Conservancy. “We’ve been dedicated to the conservation of public land, restoration
of the bay, wetlands and green space. The Mangrove Walkway upholds our guiding principles and furthers
our journey to provide a blue and green oasis for future generations.”
“With the Mangrove Walkway complete, the Sarasota community and beyond will be able to enjoy this
half-mile stretch for outdoor recreation with views of Sarasota Bay,” said Bill Waddill, Chief
Implementation Officer for The Bay Park Conservancy. “We are excited to continue the progress and move
forward on construction of the additional features of the Mangrove Walkway and Phase 1.”
The Mangrove Walkway, led by funding from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, is designed to be
accessible to walkers, runners, bikers and more. Additional features of Phase 1 include the Sunset
Boardwalk, The Lawns, the Living Shoreline and a concession area.
Friends, supporters, and key stakeholders gathering to celebrate this milestone included Mayor Hagen
Brody, Commissioner Al Maio, Drayton Saunders, Howard and Sherry Davis, Richard Antoine, Bart and
Elaine Boyer and more.