Nathan Benderson Park is located in Sarasota, Florida. It is North America's premier 2,000-meter sprint course and regatta center. Over $40 million is committed to the facility's future development, including a multi-function boathouse and athlete training center, starting huts and finish towers, grand stands and a state of the art boat maintenance and testing facility. Most of these facilities will be constructed on a first of its kind "regatta island” – an Olympic Village type setting which will provide competitors the support and focus which rowing demands, and spectators a viewing and entertainment platform unparalleled at sprint courses elsewhere in the world.
The Park will also be home to numerous other paddle sport competitions, from dragon boats to canoe and kayak races, as well as triathlon and cross country events. And to top it all off, the Park is located immediately adjacent to University Town Center – Southwest Florida's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination opening in October 2014!
Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre park which provides the public access to a 400-acre lake. The county purchased the site in the early 1990's. Before that, the property had been an active shell excavation pit for road construction fill. Cooper Creek enters the east side of the large lake and
Big Top Holiday
at Nathan Benderson Park
Students ages 8-18 dazzle audiences as they flip, fly and soar in this annual holiday production. This year's show is under the Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park, I-75 exit 213, University Parkway.
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Nathan Benderson Park is a dog friendly, community park & event center. As a world class rowing venue, we are host to the 2017 World Rowing Championships.