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Parks & Facilities

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Play fountain, golf statue, and historic marker. Links Plaza is where, in 1905, Col. John Hamilton Gillespie created the first golf course in Sarasota. The Jack Dowd-designed bronze sculpture of Col. Gillespie called the “Royal St. Andrews — Father of Golf”, overlooks the fountain. Allows leashed pets. Open 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight, daily.
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