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Parks & Facilities

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  • Bayfront Park and Marina / Island Park

    Bayfront Park picnic area by playground
    1. Address:5 Bayfront Drive
      Sarasota, FL 34236
    2. Phone:(941) 263-6386
    1. Aquatics*
    2. Dog Friendly
    3. Drinking Fountain
    4. Fishing
    5. Food & Beverage
    6. Kayak / Canoeing
    7. Picnic Tables
    8. Playground
    9. Public Art
    10. Rental Venue
    11. Restrooms
    12. Transportation
    13. Walking Path
    14. Water Feature
    1. Facility
    2. Parks
Check out the newly installed Bioswale!


What is a Bioswale? A bio-Swale is a form of bioretention designed to capture and treat stormwater runoff from hard surfaces like sidewalks, driveways, roadways and rooftops. A shallow basin is excavated and lined with rocks to collect debris and pollution while conveying stormwater away for critical infrastructure. The swale component provides pre-treatment of stormwater to remove coarse to medium sediments while the plants help remove finer particulates and associated contaminates.
In addition to helping to prevent erosion and improving water quality inside a bioswale, native plants provide essential food and habitat for local wildlife. Their seeds and nectar provide a valuable food source for birds, butterflies, and other insects as well as a place to lay their eggs. Natives are well adapted to local conditions, require very little care once they are established, and add beauty to the landscape.
The next time you visit Bayfront Park stop by the Bioswale and see if you can spot these native plants:

• Cabbage Palm (Sabal palmetto)
• Railroad Vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae)
• Mangrove Spider Lily (Hymenocallis latifolia)
• Trailing Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis)
• Sea Purslane (Sesuvium portulacastrum)

 Steigerwaldt/Jockey Children’s Fountain

Bayfront Park Children’s Fountain area

Please note the Steigerwaldt/Jockey Children’s Fountain is currently closed until further notice. 

Open 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., daily. Pets are allowed outside the Steigerwaldt/Jockey Children’s Fountain area. A popular location to jog, enjoy the sunset, walk your leashed pet, or have a picnic at the playground.  There are also two bayfront restaurants. 

A delightful children’s splash park located on scenic Sarasota Bay. Open free to the public.

Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
Winter Hours (Labor Day to Oct. 31 & Apr.1 to Memorial Day): 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
Closed: Easter, Independence Day & Nov. 1 – March 31

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