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Bennett Park to open with public dedication ceremony
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Bennett Park to open with public dedication ceremony

Manatee County Parks and Recreation invites the public to the Nov. 12 grand opening ceremony for Bennett Park, East Manatee’s largest publicly owned recreation area.

The grand opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 400 Cypress Creek Blvd., just west of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on State Road 64. Those attending may take home one of 250 live oak saplings which are being donated by Turner Tree & Landscape and Holland Construction, two of the project contractors.

After the ceremony officials will help kick off the Great American Festival, the first official event at the park.

Bennett Park a 180-acre passive park with a canoe/kayak launch, a fishing pier, sand volleyball courts, a playground, picnic tables, a soccer field and a nature trail. Long term plans for an amphitheater, horseshoe pits, an Olympic-sized pool, baseball fields, tennis courts and more.

“We have built a gorgeous park that this community can really be proud of,” said Cindy Turner, Manatee County Parks and Recreation Director. “I think this is the kind of recreation area East Manatee County residents have asked for and deserved for a long time.”

The late Tom Bennett’s family members say it was his vision to create a community park for his family and for generations of Manatee County residents. Manatee County purchased the land from the Tom Bennett family in 2003 using mostly funding from the Florida Communities Trust grant.

During a park groundbreaking last year, officials called the park a “shining example” of a public-private partnership since Ruben-Holland Development entered an agreement with the County to build a public entry to the park that will also serve its nearby neighborhood.

For more information on Manatee County Parks and Recreation, visit www.mymanatee.org/parks   For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501.

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