Benderson Development and Sarasota County have partnered together to plan for future park improvements and have held several community workshops to solicit ideas for recreational opportunities at the park.
A detailed master plan was approved by the county commission in July 2010. The park will balance community recreation needs and provide a venue for large specialty events.
The world class recreational venue will also provide for community rowing (youth, adults and seniors), adaptive rowing (disabled veterans, youth/adults with mental and physical disabilities), corporate events, training and practice for junior and collegiate crews, local, regional, national and international regattas. On Jan., 25, 2011, Sarasota County entered into an agreement with Benderson Development to implement Phase 1 and 2 of the Nathan Benderson Park Nature Aquatic Center (NBNAC).
Benderson’s first task under their contract was to develop a preliminary design plan (PDP) for implementing design and construction of the project. The PDP is an evolution of the Park Concept Plan approved by the county in July of 2010. Benderson worked diligently with local community and international stakeholders to ensure the PDP includes all elements to make the park a FISA (the international governing body of the sport of rowing) certifiable rowing and sporting venue as well as a world class community park.
The county’s financial commitment to the project is $19.5 million of Tourist Development Funds for completion of Phases I and II of NBNAC. On Oct. 25, 2011, county staff discussed the scope of work with the County Commission, they approved the PDP and provided authorization for the Developer to proceed with the next contract task of providing 30 percent design plans and a Guaranteed Maximum Price for completing Phases I and II of NBANC.