PHOTO MARY LUNDEBERG
ANN DEVER MEMORIAL
6791 San Casa Drive
This park has over 420 acres of protected
and public land dotted with pine trees,
scrubs and mangroves. You’ll find a
swimming pool, the J.M. Berlin/Rotary
Skate Park, basketball courts, tennis courts,
cricket courts and nature trails. The football
fields are home to the area’s Pop Warner
teams. There is a boardwalk, picnic shelter, a
kayak/canoe launch and a playground.
Insider Tip: The dog park is a very popular
spot for pets and their owners. There is even an
area just for small dogs.
TRINGALI RECREATION CENTER
3460 N. Access Road
Tringali Park is especially popular among
families with young children who take
advantage of the lighted outdoor hockey,
basketball and tennis courts and indoor
skating. The gymnasium was recently
renovated and draws many for basketball.
There is also a popular pickleball league and
a busy playground. Adult classes include
yoga, Zumba and tennis clinics. Many area
civic groups call Tringali home and people
flock to the community yard sales.
2300 Placida Road
At this 115-acre park sitting on Lemon
Bay, you’ll find pine flatwoods, salt marshes
and mangroves. Bring your binoculars as
you follow the trails. You might see gopher
tortoises, shore birds and the resident bald
eagles. Call for information about the guided
nature walks and seagrass exploration trips.
There’s also a visitor center where you can
find literature and displays on the area’s
ecosystem and an active beehive with honey
LEMON BAY PARK AND
570 Bay Park Blvd.
In Sarasota County, Lemon Bay Park is
a scenic 200-acre spot where you can take a
guided nature tour or an evening star walk.
Sit in the butterfly garden and visit the nature
pavilion. The picnic tables, pavilion and grills
make this a popular picnic spot. There is a
canoe & kayak launch and excellent fishing
opportunities. The amphitheater is a meeting
place for many community groups.
INDIAN MOUND PARK
210 Winson Ave.
Indian Mound Park is named for the
Native American Indian mound on the 10-
acre site. It is one of the busiest public boat
launches in the area, and on any weekend
day, the parking lot will be crowded. While
you won’t find many swimmers, you will see
people fishing out on Lemon Bay, walking
the trail or enjoying a picnic lunch. There is
a covered pavilion with picnic tables which is
also a great place for meetings.