The Nathan Benderson Community Park Foundation

About Us

“The Mission of The Nathan Benderson Community Park Foundation is to raise funds for the completion of all of the capital improvements at the Community Park, along with the establishment and maintenance of a permanent endowment to support the Community Park’s operations in perpetuity.”

“Through effective leadership, strategic initiatives, civic engagement, and significant investments, the Foundation will help position the Nathan Benderson Community Park to become a world-class, pre-eminent community park which will enhance the recreational, educational and cultural quality of life of the Sarasota-Manatee community and the surrounding region. Our success will be measured by our commitment to service, our capacity for collaboration, the trust we earn in the communities where we work, the gratitude we show to our community leaders, donors, and volunteers, and - of paramount importance - the satisfaction and enjoyment derived by visitors and participants in park activities and by the citizens of Sarasota and Manatee Counties and the State of Florida”

The The Nathan Benderson Community Park Foundation is an approved tax-exempt charity under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. All contributions are tax deductible under section 170 of the code.

Upcoming Projects

Finish Tower

The Finish Tower, an elegant four-story structure designed by renowned Sarasota architect Guy Peterson, will house park offices, event officials, and media and will feature meeting rooms, community space, and decks with commanding views of the entire park and surrounding countryside. Together with the Boathouse, it will be the center of park activity. Completion slated for the summer of 2017.

Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower
Nathan Benderson Park Boathouse

The Boathouse, also designed by Guy Peterson, will be located on the south end of Regatta Island, opening out into the widest expanse of Nathan Benderson Park Lake. It will consist of two stories. The Boathouse will feature a variety of rowing and boating bays, supplemented by fitness facilities, dressing rooms, offices and more. A construction date has not yet been announced.

Additional Facilities

A variety of further development is planned in the future, including a modern Amphitheater.

Nathan Benderson Park Amphitheater
Children's Playground

A Childrens' Playground has been constructed and completed and is now open on the West side of the Park.

We need your help

More improvements needed for your community park

Nathan Benderson Park is home to a range of international championships as well as a host of recreational activities for anyone who enjoys the outdoors – from dragon boat, canoe and kayak races to triathlon and cross-country events, 5- and 10k runs, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, corporate training events and more. The community park is also conveniently located immediately adjacent to University Town Center – Southwest Florida’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment destination.


Joe Barbetta Testimonial

Joe Barbetta

Sarasota County Commissioner (former)

“Sarasota County and the Gulf Coast region have a long tradition of providing some of the best venues for amateur and professional athletes to train and compete in. We are proud to have been chosen to host such a high-profile international event and look forward to showing the world why we are one of the premiere destinations for athletes from around the globe.”

Stephen Young Testimonial

Stephen Young

Tampa native, 2013 U.S. National Team Member and World Champion

“It’s great to see the World Rowing Championships returning to U.S. soil for the first time in 25 years. I am even more excited that it will be taking place in my home state of Florida. Regardless of where my rowing career takes me, I am sure to be in attendance in Sarasota in 2017.”

Glenn Merry Testimonial

Glenn Merry

USRowing Chief Executive Officer

“USRowing would like to recognize and thank the State of Florida, Sarasota and Manatee Counties and the cities of Bradenton and Sarasota for their support of this project and the impact it will have on the growth of rowing. I also would like to personally recognize Randy Benderson and Benderson Development for their innovative vision that has created a truly unique American rowing venue.”

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