December 2018

"Tis the Season"
in your Manatee County Parks & Preserves
$25/month Membership includes:

Pool - Gymnasium - Child Watch
Fitness - Wellness Orientation
Exercise Classes - Racquetball
Tennis (hard courts) - Pickleball
Game Room/Teen Center
A Night Before Christmas

Saturday December 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Get ready for family fun at the annual Night Before Christmas event at GT Bray! Santa will be visiting the park to meet with all the children.

The event will include face painting, bounce house, snow, hayrides, and much more. This awesome event is great for kids of all ages!!

Cost: $5 wristband will cover face painting, snow areas, bounce houses and hayrides.
Mommy & Me Fitness

All ages welcome, most suitable for 6 months-4 years old. Workout geared toward exercises with the child.

10:00 am-10:30 am.

Location: Meet outside by the pavilion/playground.
Manatee County
Pickleball Team Tournament
Saturday and Sunday
January 5th and 6th

Sign up with your 4-person team (2 men and 2 women)! Represent your club and play with your teammates!
Compete and HAVE FUN playing as part of a TEAM!

Format: 2 Day Round Robin *Team vs Team*
Each team will play 2 mixed doubles, 1 men doubles, and 1 women doubles vs opposing team)

Cost: $100 per 4-person team (2 men 2 women)

Location: G.T. Bray Park

Please specify which level your team wants to play at
(3.0-3.5 or 3.5-4.0) please play at the level of your highest ranked player.

Register for the tournament with Jay Jaudon at
or (941)742-5923 x 6010

Did you know?


Is a foam rolling workout that uses massage tools to increase flexibility, minimize muscle pain, and improve performance.

Join Ronnie Saturday, January 5 in the group exercise room at 11:00a
Cost: FREE/Members - Non members $5

Pro Tennis Academy's

"After School Program"

Cost: $100 per month (limited time offer)

Location: G.T. Park

For more information or registration call Denis Pelegrin at (941) 580-7794
or Jose De Mata [Momo] (941) 462-6236

Gymnasium will be Closed
The gym floor will undergo a resurfacing treatment during the following dates:

December 6-17

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Group Exercise!!
These changes will start on January 1st

  • Zumba 9:00 am-9:50 am Tuesday & Thursday
  • BANG (Tuesday) & Zumba (Friday) will NO longer be free classes. You must be a member or pay a $5 drop in fee.
  • Relaxation Yoga will replace Yoga-X every Wednesday
6:30 pm-7:20 pm.

Member of the Month

Paul Forrester
Paul has been an avid tennis player at G.T. Bray for the last 10 years but his genuine character deserves recognition as well.

-G.T. Bray Staff

"I consider myself lucky that Paul was looking for a mixed doubles partner. He is the nicest guy, always supportive on and off the court."

- Geli Neuman

I can tell you that Paul is one of the kindest men I have known and has been a good friend to me for years. He would not hesitate to help someone out. I mentioned that I was going to have to replace my hot water heater and he immediately told me he would come over to fix it for me. He is not chatty so some people are just now getting to know what a truly honest and kind man he is.

-Kathy Page

I nominated Paul for "Member of the Month" for his selfless act of kindness recently, following a rain-out of the Thursday Night Mixed League. I was having issues with my car, and Paul kindly spent an hour or so on his back on the wet ground, in the dark, until he came up with a solution for making my car drivable. I was so touched by his efforts in my helpless situation.

-Cindy Norwood

Well done Paul you rock!
Mark your calendar

The G.T Bray Recreation Center will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 7th for a Parks and Natural Resources special event.
We apologize for the inconvenience and
will resume normal operating hours on Saturday,
December 8th.


Monday, Dec. 24 Closed all Day
Tuesday, Dec. 25 Closed all Day
Monday, Dec. 31 Closes at 5pm
Tuesday, Jan. 1 Closed all Day

Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources Department | (941) 742-5923 |