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 Rothenbach Park


8650 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota bike trail

Rothenbach Park is a community park with about five miles of paved recreational trails that are perfect for walking, jogging, or cycling.
Two playground areas with the latest in safe playground equipment, sit on top of a soft mulch surface so kids can run and jump with reduced risk of injury.
The park has a pavilion that includes restrooms, picnic tables, and grills. 
  • The north side of the pavilion is available for rent for private parties.
  • A food preparation area may also be added to the reservation.
Pets, (dogs, cats, horses, and others) are prohibited from Rothenbach Park. Please visit the following link Dogs in Parks to find out about Paw Parks and parks with "dog friendly" trails/areas.
The park provides opportunities for volunteering! If you are interested call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.
cleaning up a trail

 Green Features

  • Mechanically vented restrooms, non conditioned
  • High reflective roofing material
  • Recycled content in Cementitous Siding
  • Exterior materials offer long life and low-maintenance
  • Waterless urinals
  • Highly efficient compact fluorescent lighting
  • Composite wood beams in place of heavy timber
  • Steel structural components contain recycled material
  • Concrete composed of up to 20% Fly Ash by weight
  • High efficiency mechanical system (SEER 17)
  • Onsite storm water retention and treatment
  • Fully ADA accessibility  
  • Sealed concrete floors provide low-maintenance and long life ​
Amenities at the park feature some of the most advanced recycling and sustainable building techniques and materials available:
  • soy-based insulation,
  • high reflective roof materials,
  • recycled content siding,
  • waterless urinals,
  • high efficiency compact lighting,
  • composite wood beams,
  • on-site stormwater retention and treatment system.

The entire site is a closed and capped landfill. That means the land is "recycled" into open vistas surrounded by paved multi-use trails. Rothenbach Park is also home to a Florida Power and Light (FPL) solar array. The array provides electrical power to the FPL grid.


 Sarasota Remote Control Squadron


The Sarasota Remote Control Squadron operates a small airfield for remote control planes on the larger landfill mound.

People wanting to fly a remote control plane at this airfield must obtain membership in the Squadron for insurance purposes.

The planes can be seen from the trails, but the Squadron area is open to spectators during open park hours. This area can be accessed on foot or by car. Follow the directions on the gate at the entrance to the airfield drive.


 Park Information


Rothenbach Park is a gated park, daylight use only, with hours as follows:

  • April-October 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • November - March 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

For reservations or additional information call the Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or email

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  • ADA accessible
  • Fitness equipment
  • Picnic tables
  • Picnic shelter-reservable
  • Playground-ADA
  • Restrooms
  • Trails-paved
playground area


  • Birding
  • Picnicking
  • Trails-paved
Rothenbach Park trail

 Park History

​Rothenbach Park, named for Walter J. Rothenbach, Jr., a 40-year employee of Sarasota County. Walt served as supervisor and director of Parks and Recreation from 1963 until 1998.
Rothenbach later became Executive Director of Community Services. In 2000, Walt advanced to Deputy County Administrator and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2003.
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