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.
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
“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
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.
A GREEN &
BEAUTY AND PROMOTE
A WALKABLE AND SAFE
A GATHERING PLACE
FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS
A HUB FOR SARASOTA'S
Environment Access Activation
they will be
in this park
CURRENT MASTER PLAN
The original Master Plan for the 53-acre
site and Phase 1 was approved by the
City Commission in Sep. 2018.
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.
There are four major components:
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
• 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.
• Two narrow and translucent bridges
serve as connectors over the seagrass.
They allow sunlight to pass through to
the ocean ﬂoor below.
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.
• The Lawns are right-sized (1.5 acres
instead of 2.5 acres) to accommodate
the Living Shoreline and Mangrove
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)
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.
(September 2019 Master Plan)
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
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
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
The Kayak Launch will be improved to allow better access for kayakers and paddle boarders.
MANGROVE BAYOU: KAYAK LAUNCH
The Reading Room provides an overlook into the Mangrove Bayou.
MANGROVE BAYOU: THE READING ROOM
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.