Lakewood Ranch Sets 4 New Parks with Trail Interlink


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 23rd, 2017 – The lifestyle looms to turn even much more fun and cooler at Greenbrook Village and Bridgewater as a new park will soon rise near these two communities in Lakewood Ranch. Called Patton Park, it is the largest of four parks set for construction and scheduled to open this year as added attractions to Lakewood Ranch homes for sale.

Even more exciting, this scenic facility hosts the starting point of a trail network connected with the rest of the three new parks. A catch basin, Kent Lake, constitutes much of the 88 acres of this new park located across White Eagle Boulevard just north of State Road 70.

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The main ground of this park is near the entrance of the Bridgewater community and will feature a pavilion plus other amenities. These new facilities include a children’s playground and a kayak/canoe launch area. There is a pathway too around its centerpiece lake.

This lake, as a catch basin, is fed by a channel that was built to control storm water running from northern higher-elevated grounds, with the water collected providing irrigation to the south. In addition, Kent Lake also creates a scenic backdrop for the trail and likewise sets a natural buffer between the public trail system and the neighborhoods that back up to it.

Amenities En Route the Trail

From Patton Park, the trail network extends northwards to a total of over 25 miles from start to finish. Starting a hike or bike ride at this park northwards takes you next to another outdoor recreational area that Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder Manatee Ranch (SMR) is building. This second park nestles in an 11.8-acre site east of Mattamy Homes’ new development, Harmony, just south of Malachite Drive. It will feature a pavilion and provide a scenic rest area for visitors and for those en route the trail network.

Moving farther north leads to the third park that SMR will build and turn over to the county when completed. Named as County Park, it is comprised of 15 acres located immediately east of B.D. Gullett Elementary and will feature tennis courts and ballfields. Residential neighborhoods flanking this park include Arbor Grande, Serenity Creek, and Savanna at Lakewood Ranch.

Multi-purpose Fields

Residents of Arbor Grande, as well as those in Mallory Park, will also have front-row seats to the Lakewood Ranch’s fourth new park traversed by the multi-use trail network. This new facility, called Community Park, sprawls at 40.8 acres between these two communities.

Its features will include multi-purpose fields, a pavilion and tot lot. As endearing to prospective buyers of Lakewood Ranch homes for sale, it will also have a dog park with a shallow pond as play area for pups.

Fifth Park Eyed

SMR estimated a $3 million total cost for the design and construction of these four new parks. Separately, it is also planning a fifth park just south of State Road 64.
The multi-use trail system connecting the four parks is laid out along White Eagle Boulevard. All told, this trail network weaves behind homes and communities under the Lakewood Ranch Stewardship District, a governmental entity created to finance, construct, and maintain infrastructure within its area.