Parks!  The Perfect Solution to Your “Age-Friendly” New Year’s Resolution!

Parks! The Perfect Solution to Your “Age-Friendly” New Year’s Resolution!

Posted on February 14, 2017 by Caroline Brown
Editor’s Note: Caroline Brown is the Director of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources for Sarasota County.

Parks serve an essential function toward several age-friendly domains which can help to identify and address barriers to the well-being and participation of people as they age. Here in Sarasota County, while we continue to work to improve the built environment and add amenities within our parks to make them “age-friendly,” there is so much already available to any resident and visitor to keep them healthy and active. One just needs to take the initiative and interest in visiting these great parks right here in our backyard to reach New Year’s resolutions and goals!

With the onset of the New Year, it seems appropriate to highlight many of the outstanding opportunities available in Sarasota including miles of trails on which to walk and bike. The Legacy Trail provides 10.6 miles of paved trail running between Sarasota near Palmer Ranch and Venice. There is also the Venetian Waterway Park, which has five miles of bicycle or walking trails on each side of the Intracoastal Waterway. It connects to the Legacy Trail at the Historic Venice Train Depot, creating almost 23 miles of uninterrupted trails. There are many other outstanding opportunities for a stroll in the park on a paved surface. Examples include Nathan Benderson Park, Arlington Park, Rothenbach Park, Shamrock Park, and Urfer Family Park. You can also now walk your dog at 70 of our designated “dog-friendly” parks.

There are many other fun and interesting things to do within Sarasota County parks, including working out on outdoor fitness equipment, signing up for a plot at one of our community gardens, or participating in an athletic league or recreational activity such as softball, pickleball, dance or yoga. Not only will the physical movement associated with the activity keep you healthy and active, the great folks you will meet in our parks are friendly, engaged, and care about the environment.

For more information, please visit the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources webpage and download our activity guide.

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