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 Rothenbach Park


8650 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota bike trail

Rothenbach Park is a true community park with opportunities for recreational and nature based fun with approximately 5-miles of paved recreational trails that are perfect for walking, jogging, or cycling. The trails pass through open spaces, oak hammocks, ponds and wetland areas that provide a variety of habitat for wildlife that may be spotted or heard along the way.
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 also 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, i.e. dogs, cats, horses, and others, are prohibited from Rothenbach Park. Please visit the following link Dogs in Parks to find information on Paw Parks and parks with 'dog friendly' trails/areas.
The park provides opportunities for volunteering! If you are interested contact the Sarasota County Call 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)
  • On site storm water retention and treatment
  • Fully ADA accessible
  • Sealed concrete floors provide low-maintenance and long life ​
Rothenbach Park amenities feature some of the most advanced recycling and sustainable building techniques and materials available including soy-based insulation, high reflective roof materials, recycled content siding, waterless urinals, high efficiency compact lighting, composite wood beams and an on-site stormwater retention and treatment system. 
The entire site is a closed and capped landfill which has been "recycled" into open vistas surrounded by paved multi-use trails, a prime example of turning trash into treasure!
Rothenbach Park is also home to a Florida Power and Light (FPL) solar array which provides electrical power to the FPL grid.
Park History
Rothenbach Park is named for Walter J. Rothenbach, Jr., a 40-year employee of Sarasota County who served as supervisor and director of Parks and Recreation from 1963 until 1998.
He later became Executive Director of Community Services overseeing Parks and Recreation, Cooperative Extension Services, Library Services and the History Center. In 2000, Walt advanced to Deputy County Administrator and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2003. 

 Construction Notice


Construction of Rothenbach Park's entrance and two internal driveways originally scheduled to begin Sept. 2, 2014, has been delayed until further notice. 

  • The two internal driveways will be closed during construction.
  • The park may be closed for a brief time while construction work is completed on the entrance. 
  • Exact closing dates will be posted as construction progresses.
  • It is estimated the construction project will be completed in early 2015.

 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 contact the Call Center at 941-861-5000 or

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


  • Birding
  • Picnicking
  • Radio controlled planes
  • Trails-paved
Rothenbach Park trail
playground area
picnic tables
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