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 Urfer Family Park

 
4000 Honore Ave., Sarasota
 
childrens playground
 

 Events

 

October - May, Fridays (holidays excluded) -
Fitness in the Park: Fit as a Fidel for 50-plus.
Meet at the pavilion near the playgrounds, 9-10 a.m.  

Urfer Family Park provides a unique combination of recreational and learning opportunities.
 
The park offers playgrounds for toddlers through teens; a fitness trail; and a 1-mile nature trail, winding through pine flatwoods, and adjacent to herbaceous and forested wetlands. A boardwalk also overlooks wetland areas.
 
The Urfer Family Park picnic pavilion and grounds are perfect for family reunions, corporate outings or organized events. For more information about availability and rates contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit Parks Online.
 
Select areas of Urfer Family Park are dog friendly. Dogs are not allowed in or near restrooms, playgrounds, or pavilion.
 

 First Gold LEED Certified Park

 

As Sarasota County’s first Gold LEED certified park, Urfer Family Park represents a new milestone in sustainability. Water conservation will be achieved by a two-prong approach of reduction.

First, the goal is to reduce irrigation demand by the careful selection of native and drought tolerant plant materials, along with low-flow irrigation devices.

  1. The design and construction selected native landscape materials that are compatible with the smaller eco-systems on the project site, enhancing the project goals to conserve the original wildlife sanctuaries and natural environment of the park.
  2. The reduction in irrigation demand due to these strategies is expected to exceed 50 percent

Second, the approach to water conservation is through the use of very low-flow plumbing devices, such as dual flush water closets and low flow shower heads.

  1. The expected reduction in water use through these devices is 30 percent.
 

 Dr. C. B. Wilson House

 

One of the more unique characteristics of Urfer Family Park is the rehabilitated Dr. C. B. Wilson House, a historic structure constructed circa 1906.

  • The first floor is open to the public for self guided tours on a limited basis each week.
    • Summer hours
      May 1 to October 31,
      Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Winter hours
    • November 1 to April 30, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • The house is closed on holiday weekends and may be closed other days.

Take the self guided tour through the first floor to learn about the historic Dr. C.B. Wilson House and other fascinating historical aspects of Sarasota County.

  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • We recommend calling 941-861-5000 in advance of your planned visit.

Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in volunteering as a docent for the Dr. C.B. Wilson House call 941-861-5000 and let them know of your interest.

 

 Park Information

 

Hours
Open year round, parking available from 6 a.m. to midnight.

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 Amenities

 
kids playing
  • Fitness equipment-outdoors
  • Multi purpose field
  • Picnic shelter-reservable
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground-ADA
  • Restrooms
  • Trails-paved and unpaved
  • ADA Accessible

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 Activities

 

  • Birding
  • Dog Friendly-on leash
  • Hiking
  • History (Dr. C.B. Wilson House)
  • Multi purpose field
  • Passive fitness equipment
  • Picnicking

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Sarasota County, Florida
941-861-5000
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