tables and more. It’s also the site of rummage
sales and food truck rallies.
Insider Tip: The weight and fitness
room features top-of-the-line treadmills and
equipment and is open to the public for a per
BUCHAN AIRPORT COMMUNITY PARK
1390 Old Englewood Road
This large facility is located adjacent
to the Buchan airport. It has playground
equipment, picnic tables, community garden,
meeting rooms and restrooms.
MANASOTA SCRUB PRESERVE
2695 Bridge Street/Manasota Beach Road
941-861-5000 (ask for Natural Resources)
This 145 acre nature preserve allows one
to observe a variety of upland and wetland
communities along a system of trails. There
is a marked trail that is about one and a half
miles long, and limited parking is available.
VETERANS MEMORIAL & FREEDOM
641 W. Dearborn Street
The Veterans Memorial, dedicated
on Veterans Day 2014, is located on the
waterfront at the west end of Dearborn
Street and includes a pavilion, restrooms,
picnic area and boat docks.
MANASOTA BEACH PARK
8570 Manasota Key Road
The furthest north of the public beaches
in Englewood, this 21-acre park offers access
to the beach and the bay. A cement boat
ramp as well as a dock on the Intracoastal
Waterway side of the park, makes this
an ideal spot for boaters. Shelter space
is limited so it’s a good idea to reserve
in advance. There are restrooms, paved
walkways, a ramped dune walkover, beach
showers, seating, updated pavilions and
picnic areas, pedestrian boardwalk and docks.
Insider Tip: Pack a lunch to enjoy at one
of the picnic pavilions, as this beach is far
removed from any restaurants or shops.
BLIND PASS BEACH
6725 Manasota Key Road
Drive along the tree-lined curves of
Manasota Key Road to Blind Pass Beach,
known to the locals as “Middle Beach”. There’s
plenty of free parking and lots of room to
spread out on the nearly 3,000 feet of Gulf
beach. There is no lifeguard on duty. There are
rest rooms, but no shops or restaurants nearby.