North Port Offers More Park Delights


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, June 27, 2019 – Living in south Sarasota County is getting even more vibrant, as a new aquatic center is set to open this July at the Butler Park in North Port.

The North Port Aquatic Center will offer a 25-meter stretch swimming pool suitable for 25-yard or 25-meter lap swimming and competition. The center, in addition, will provide a zero-entry activity pool for kids, a lazy river, and three water slides. Other center facilities include shade structures, a small concession area, and a bath house with locker rooms. All these new attractions were built at a $12 million cost, which were the result of city planning and designing since 2017.

Park entrance costs adults $8 for North Port residents and $12 for the general public. Kids, seniors, and veterans get discounted rates on the entrance fee.

Mainstay Features

Butler Park is centrally located in North Port. Its parcel spreads off West Price Boulevard, wedged between the Villas of Charleston Park and the golf community of Heron Creek. The park’s site is likewise host to the 33,300-square-foot Morgan Family Community Center, a multi-use facility for youth and community activities.

This center has several facilities including a spacious gym, fitness center, meeting area, multi-purpose room, teen lounge, an outdoor social area, and a lighted outdoor basketball court. The park, on the other hand, has two lighted Little League baseball fields, one lighted, regulation baseball field, four batting cages, and two lighted multipurpose playing fields. Also within the park area is a playground, a picnic area with shelters, and concession stand/restroom.

Play on Major League’s Field

Some 6 miles southwest of Butler Park, meanwhile, the CoolToday Park host to the spring training of the Atlanta Braves opened its baseball field to the public starting this June. This allows local kids and other visitors the rare chance to play on a major league baseball field.

This privilege could be availed of on the first Sunday of each month. On these days, kids get to run the bases and play kickball, Wiffle ball, and cornhole within the CoolToday Park’s baseball field. The 90-acre North Port stadium opened in March, featuring the Atlanta Braves’ final spring training game of the year which was versus the Tampa Bay Rays.

Built at a cost of $140 million, the stadium was constructed from funding from public and private agencies. Besides baseball games, CoolToday Park is also open to hosting various special events throughout the year and has already scheduled movie showings, festivals and concerts this summer.

Hospitality Trade Rising

CoolToday Park is likewise increasingly popular as a venue for family outings and private companies’ employee picnics. The park’s Tomahawk Tiki Bar, in addition, is drawing an increasing number of customers as well.

Along this vein of the hospitality trade too, North Port will soon see the opening of its first new hotel in 46 years. This milestone is anticipated in 2020 with the opening of the Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel. A venture of the Michigan-based Lodgeco Hospitality Inc., this hotel is set for 100 rooms plus a 2,000-square-foot conference room with a capacity of about 100 people. This hotel is rising off U.S. 41 just west of Sumter Boulevard.