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-- Join the Fun at Palmer Ranch on June 18th -- 


Potter Park Gathering


Potter Park Community Gathering, June 18th

From Fred Falkner:


A special "COMMUNITY GATHERING" will be held on Saturday June 18, at Potter Park on Palmer Ranch from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This free public event with free parking is being sponsored by the Friends of Palmer Ranch Parks, the Sarasota YMCA and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation. This is a great opportunity for friends, neighbors and family to get together and enjoy a day full of special activities. There will be a dedication of new park amenities by County officials at 11:00 AM. 

  • The YMCA will offer free admission to the "splash" park, swimming pool and climbing tower. 
  • Food and beverages will be available from the very popular Perry's BBQ. 
  • Attractions will include free face painting, a DJ, demonstrations by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and the Sarasota County Fire, Life and Rescue squads. 
  • Enjoy "Jazz with lunch in the Park" featuring Jim Baxter
  • View art work presented by The Palmer Ranch Artist's Association. 

The Sarasota County Police Athletic League (PAL) Sailor Circus Youth  Performers will be demonstrating their skills throughout the day -- one of the highlights of this event.


Learn more about how you can share your interests and skills and become a Friends volunteer. Contact me at 921-4158 or E-mail: for more information.  


Fred Falkner


Bring Back Big Truck Day!

Big Truck Day

Remember when you were a kid on the highway with your parents, pumping your arm in earnest as you tried to gain the attention of passing semis? Remember your absolute delight when the drivers recognized your efforts by honking their horns? 

Big Truck Day makes lasting memories by providing opportunities for children to view large and unique vehicles displayed by area businesses and public entities. More than 1,000 people attended the 15th Annual Big Truck Day held at Phillippi Estate Park in 2011. Children climbed into the cabs, honked the horns and worked the levers. Over 35 vehicles from 27 different companies were displayed including construction vehicles, fire trucks, race cars...even a helicopter! Sarasota County Parks and Recreation is proud to offer this traditional, well-loved event to our community year after year. 

Please keep this tradition alive by helping to fund the event for 2012,

BMX is Coming to Sarasota:

In September, Sarasota will host the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. Check out this video, and stay tuned for more!




In the Picture

We caught some of our hard working volunteers at the Benderson Regatta - from left to right are: Viviane and Marcello Paolini, and Connie and Ray Bresciani. Thanks to them and to all!


Benderson Proposal is World Class

Speaking of the Regatta, have you seen the proposed plan for the Rowing facilities at Nathan Benderson Park? Check out the eye-popping slide show in the Herald-Tribune to see what a world-class rowing, training, and regatta facility looks like.

Nathan Benderson Park Proposal 


Bike Florida 2011


Heard about Bike Florida? It's a week-long, fully supported bicycle camping tour that will take you through what is considered "Florida's Eden" with turquoise springs and rivers, rich forests, rolling pastures covered with wildflowers and through the hidden treasures of Florida's quaint towns and historic hamlets. Click here for more. 

    Sarasota Bicyclists: 

    Have a look at this great site about The Legacy Trail by Sandy Estabrook.


Invest in "Your" County Parks

People who use Sarasota County Parks and Recreation facilities say that spending time in nature and staying active significantly enhances their quality of life. When people want to connect with their families and friends, they often get together at a favorite park, beach or community center. Individuals, families, groups and businesses now have a tax-deductible gift program that allows interested parties to invest in park amenities to preserve, enhance and expand Sarasota's parks, trails and recreation programs. The "Forever Green" sponsorship/naming opportunity is available in all county park facilities at various levels. Join with FOSCP to enrich our County's quality of life now and for future generations.

For more information, click this "Donation" link  or contact FOSCP to receive a complete listing of opportunities to invest in your community. Please contact or call 861-5483 for more information.



"Did you know?" That's the name of a feature on the Friends of Florida State Parks website. 


Curious which were the top 25 most visited Florida State Parks? Click here.


Hoop It Up is coming to Venice! 


What is it? Hoop It Up is a nationally touring 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament that is co-ed and open to ages 8 & up.


Teams are bracketed based on age and skill level and they register by going to The action happens Labor Day Weekend.


More info at



Sarasota Master Gardeners are looking for volunteers interested in learning how to conduct irrigation evaluations for homeowners. The goal is to help homeowners save water and reduce stormwater runoff. After an initial training period, volunteers will work in pairs. For more information, please contact Angie Antonucci at 232-2267 or 


A word to the wise about....

National Weather Service Lightning Safety

Lightning is a serious danger. At Lightning Safety, we hope you'll learn more about lightning risks and how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your belongings. As a start, get an overview of Lightning Safety here, or stop by this comprehensive page of links at NOAA's page.

Stay safe and have a great Sarasota summer!

In This Issue
Palmer Ranch Gathering
Big Truck Day
SUPERCROSS World Cup Coming
In the Picture
Benderson World Class
Bike Florida 2011
Invest in Parks
"Did you know?"
Hoop It Up
Learn, Get Wet, Stay Cool
Lightning Safety
Featured Article
Big Truck Day



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Sarasota County Natural Events 

for June 




 What's the most beautiful bike path in Sarasota County? Click here to read about one writer/rider's choice. What do you think? Add your voice on Facebook here.



Click here for a ton of Sarasota sporting events.




Parks and Rec Calendar




Nature Walks Calendar*




Libraries Calendar


*Register on-line Click Calendar of Events on the left, then click the "all events" drop down list, choose Nature walks and click go. Many of the events listed have required registration and limits on the number of participants. Please call 861-6222 for more information  




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