NORTH PORT, FL – Hurricane Ian caused extensive damage to parts of Sarasota County and the North Port Parks and Recreation Department has been able to re-opened some, but not all of the public parks in the area after completing needed repairs.
The parks listed below have re-opened to the public.
OPEN FOR PUBLIC ACCESS
- Atwater Community Park, 4475 Skyway Avenue
- Blue Heron Park, Venice
- Blue Ridge Park, 2155 Ridgewood Drive
- Butler Park, 6203 W. Price Blvd.
- Canine Club Dog Park, 6442 Appomattox Drive
- Dallas White Park, 5900 Greenwood Avenue
- Garden of the Five Senses, 4299 Pan American Blvd.
- Highland Ridge Park, 6225 Kenwood Drive
- Hope Park, 8161 Lombra Avenue
- Kirk Park, 8305 Trionfo Avenue
- LaBrea Park, 6430 LaBrea Street
- Larry Thoennissen Athletic Fields, 1602 Kramer Way
- Marina Park, 7030 Chancellor Blvd.
- Marius Park, 6890 Marius Road
- McKibben Park, 5500 Trekell Street
- Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, 6968 Reisterstown Road
- Narramore Sports Complex, 7508 Glenallen Blvd.
- North Port Skate Park, 5651 North Port Blvd.
- Pine Park, 4556 McKibben Drive
- Sumter Blvd. Linear Park, Sumter Blvd.
- Veterans Park, 13750 Tamiami Trail
Parks remaining closed are:
CLOSED FOR PUBLIC ACCESS
- Oaks Park, 5430 Mandrake Terrace
- Warm Mineral Springs Park, 12200 San Servando Avenue
According to a public safety press release, in order for the County to re-open parks, the facilities much have:
- Reliable power
- A safe supply of drinking water
- Windows, roofs, and exterior walls that prevent severe water intrusion.
- Working air conditioning
- Indoor air quality that has been assessed by an industrial hygienist.
- Water quality that has been assessed by State Certified (Florida Department of Health) contractor.
- Storm debris must be removed and stored in a secure location.
- Professional assessment of buildings that deem them safe to occupy.
“We know how passionate many of our patrons and residents are about the springs, but please, do not try to enter the facility or pass the safety fencing to get to the water. In addition to damage sustained by the buildings, there is a risk of debris in the water. These hazards may not be visible from the surface.”— Sandy Pfundheller, Director of Parks & Recreation
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