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The Bay Sarasota - Features of Phase 1

Over the past two years, the team in partnership with the city and the community has progressed The Bay initiative from Conceptual Master Plans of the entire park and the first phase, to a feasible and developable Implementation Plan for the first phase, and most recently to a recommended Site Plan for the first phase that we can develop into an actual park for everyone in our community to use and enjoy.

In this presentation, you will learn more about the key features and components of Phase 1 of The Bay: The Sunset Boardwalk, Living Shoreline Mangrove Bayou and The Lawns.

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The Bay Sarasota - Features of Phase 1

  1. 1. The Bay Park: Features of Phase 1
  2. 2. Over the past two years, in partnership with the City of Sarasota and the community, the park design team has progressed The Bay initiative from Conceptual Master Plans of the entire park and Phase 1, to a feasible Implementation Plan for Phase 1, to a recommended Site Plan for Phase 1 that can be developed into an actual park for everyone in our community to use and enjoy. In this presentation, you will learn more about the key features and components of Phase 1 of The Bay: • The Sunset Boardwalk • Living Shoreline • Mangrove Bayou • The Lawns
  3. 3. “From the very beginning, the community, the City of Sarasota, and our team of experienced park designers and developers have come together to create a signature park on Sarasota Bay that is accessible, free and welcoming to all.” - AG Lafley, Startup CEO VISION
  4. 4. GUIDING PRINCIPLES The park design team embraced the guiding principles proposed by the community and adopted by the city. These six principles have guided the design of the overall Master Plan and the Implementation and Site Plans for Phase 1. ASPIRATION A GREEN & BLUE OASIS CONNECTED & ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL AN ENLIVENED DESTINATION CULTURAL VITALITY IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE BAY CELEBRATE NATURAL BEAUTY AND PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH A WALKABLE AND SAFE DISTRICT LINKING COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS TO THE BAY A GATHERING PLACE FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FUN A HUB FOR SARASOTA'S ART, CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE Aspiration Bay & Environment Access Activation Cultural Heritage ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY A FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE LONG- TERM SUCCESS Sustainability And how they will be experienced in this park Adopted Guiding Principles
  5. 5. CURRENT MASTER PLAN The original Master Plan for the 53-acre site and Phase 1 was approved by the City Commission in Sep. 2018.
  6. 6. Community input received April - August 2019 helped shape the current Phase 1 design of the park with a pedestrian Sunset Boardwalk, Living Shoreline, Mangrove Bayou, and open Lawns. PHASE 1
  7. 7. Sunset Boardwalk Phase 1 There are four major components: Mangrove Bayou The Lawns Living Shoreline
  9. 9. Initial sunset boardwalk design (April 2019) The recommended design presented to the City Commission in September 2019 focused on ecological restoration and environmental sustainability, which determined the circular shape and location of the Sunset Boardwalk. SUNSET BOARDWALK - ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
  10. 10. • The intent of the Sunset Boardwalk is to create a walkway over the water that engages with Sarasota Bay, the Living Shoreline and Mangrove Bayou in an intimate and respectful way.  • The Sunset Boardwalk is for pedestrians. No boats will be permitted to dock or tie- up. No fishing will be allowed. SUNSET BOARDWALK
  11. 11. • Two narrow and translucent bridges serve as connectors over the seagrass. They allow sunlight to pass through to the ocean floor below. SUNSET BOARDWALK
  13. 13. The design team imagined a Living Shoreline that is resilient and sustainable. LIVING SHORELINE
  14. 14. • The updated design enables the Living Shoreline to be restored and sustained. LIVING SHORELINE
  15. 15. THE LAWNS
  16. 16. THE LAWNS - INSPIRATION The vision for the Lawns is to be a flexible canvas that will be used for a wide-range of fitness and health, arts, cultural, educational, recreational and social activities.
  17. 17. • The Lawns are right-sized (1.5 acres instead of 2.5 acres) to accommodate the Living Shoreline and Mangrove Bayou. THE LAWNS
  18. 18. In the most recent design (Sep. 2019), the restrooms and food service pavilion were moved to the east end of the park lawn, which is on higher ground and will offer a longer, unobstructed view of Sarasota Bay, especially ideal for sunset viewing. FOOD & BEVERAGE Master Plan (Sep. 2018) Implementation Plan Design (Sep. 2019)
  19. 19. The lawn area design in Phase 1 (as presented to the City Commissioners in Sep. 2019) no longer includes a restaurant. Any/all restaurants will move to the north of the Master Plan, around the Canal District and/or in the new performing arts center. PARK RESTAURANTS (September 2019 Master Plan)
  21. 21. Once complete, the Mangrove Bayou will feature a half-mile walkway that will be accessible for walkers, runners and bikers. This path will include a Kayak Launch, Hammock Grove, and outdoor “Reading Room” with beautiful views into the Bayou. MANGROVE BAYOU WALKWAY
  22. 22. Other environmental enhancements will restore the ecology of the Mangrove Bayou, through the removal of invasive plant species, mangrove windowing and new stormwater treatment. MANGROVE BAYOU - ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENTS
  23. 23. The Hammock Grove, one of the last remnants of Sarasota’s original shoreline, is an area full of Live Oak trees and Cabbage Palms. This ecosystem will be preserved and enhanced, featuring small decks and viewing areas where visitors can enjoy the natural environment. MANGROVE BAYOU: HAMMOCK GROVE
  24. 24. The Kayak Launch will be improved to allow better access for kayakers and paddle boarders. MANGROVE BAYOU: KAYAK LAUNCH
  25. 25. The Reading Room provides an overlook into the Mangrove Bayou. MANGROVE BAYOU: THE READING ROOM
  26. 26. PARK PROMENADE The intent is to add a beautiful and dramatic tree-lined promenade from Van Wezel Way to the Sunset Boardwalk on the north side of Blvd. of the Arts.
  27. 27. The Bay Park: Phase 1
  28. 28. What are the next steps in the development of Phase 1? Go to Part 3