On Wednesday, July 16, eight boy scouts and a leader from Sarasota Boy Scout Troop 50 spent over 30 hours volunteering (weeding, mulching) at Bee Ridge Community Garden.  What a great group of hard working young men!  Many thanks to you all!! 

Photos by Ruth Pitts, Bee Ridge community garden volunteer manager, Sarasota, and member.

Just a few of the things happening in Sarasota this summer - keep track of them all by subscribing to the Newsletter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks.

Herd of manatees visits boaters at Three Rooker Island, FL
https://www.google.com/maps/@28.1185454,-82.8341245,12z

Remember the Date to Share the Legacy! June 7, 2014 - come out and support bicycling and the extension of the Legacy Trail.

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“The main goal of the 

Friends of Sarasota County Parks 

is to bring participants and volunteers into the parks.”

That’s our Mission Statement in a nutshell. Fact is, the Friends consistently log over 1,000 volunteer hours each month. No list of all the activities/projects of this group of dedicated volunteers could be all-inclusive — a lot of people are doing a lot of neat things for your Sarasota County Parks.

In no particular order, then, here’s some of what the Friends and our 20+ Chapters have been up to this year:

At Phillippi Estate Park, the Friends are donating funds for the rehabilitation of the Edson Keith Farmhouse. And our volunteers staff the Farmhouse Market‘s welcome tent every Wednesday from October – April.

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The Friends of the Carlton Reserve have been super busy. On their site you’ll find long list of all the wonderful things they have been working on this past year. Here’s our storyabout a few of them.

The Friends of Community Gardens are installing solar pump wells for irrigation, new sheds and compost bins, mushroom gardens, orchards and stormwater cisterns. Some of the six community gardens are developing seed plots, developing a list of the best vegetables for our environment and cataloging the insect species.

The Friends of Adaptive Rowing have purchased more shells and are gearing up for another regatta season at the Nathan Benderson Park.

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In Englewood, the Friends of Indian Mound Park have installed a surveillance camera and are planning a second camera. Occupancy motion sensors have been installed in the restrooms. Timer locks have been installed on both the south side male and female restrooms doors and one is scheduled to go on the north side unisex restroom door. Elements of the pavilion have been repainted and large rocks have been placed in the grass bowl.

Lekatchka Archery folks have added 22 new shooting lanes, replaced 14 new back stops for our targets, added a new Cook Shed, and added all new signs for the range. They’ve purchased 16 new 3-D inserts, placed six new benches throughout the range, added lighting on our 29-yard range for evening shooting and cleaned our fence lines. Also, they worked with a student group from Michigan.

“We’re in the process of obtaining shells for our parking area and hope to obtain a new 4-wheel MULE to place our targets out. We’d like to get additional benches to place around the range, and stands for drinking water. A new refrigerator is next on our list!”

The Friends of the Legacy Trail just finished a very successful Tour de Parks and are now on a capital campaign drive to raise funds for the feasibility study for the extension of the Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota. They are involved with FDOT in the Laurel Street overpass and have informational booths along the trail.

Friends of Sarasota County Parks (Friends) are working on a new “recognition fish” program at the North Jetty Park andengraved pavers at the new Siesta Beach pavilion. They are preparing a County facility/event sponsorship program, and schedule numerous volunteers for the parks and handle the administration expenses for the Chapters.

The Friends moved the Dr. Wilson House to Urfer Family Park, the Decagon Houses to Buchan Community Park, and the Cookie House to Cedar Point Park.

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The Friends are now working on securing donations for a shade structure over every set of athletic bleachers in the County.

FOSCP purchased the GPS units for gopher tortoise surveys and a new Boom-Box for the Scrub-jay inventory. They built a volunteer garage at Shamrock Park and worked with the Friends of Shamrock Park and Arlington Park on their new butterfly gardens. They have been involved in the construction of two neighborhood playgrounds, improvements at theHopewell Memorial Park (Cemetery) and the design and construction of the Skip Stasko Park.

A few Friends’ volunteers designed and built a school garden on top of an asphalt basketball court which was interesting and fun.

Our Friends of the Paw Parks chapter has been coordinating with Sarasota Parks and Rec people to help improve the dog parks. They’ve also created and published a handy Paw Park locator card and a brochure that illustrates Paw Park responsibilities.

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Yes, the list goes on:

There’s plenty more to tell, but this gives you an idea of what the Chapters of FOSCP are doing for our parks.

Are parks important? You bet! Check out the research that shows how parks and public lands contribute to the healthwell being, and economic strengthof communities across the United States. 

Many volunteers are working hard to make this community a better place to live and play. Would you like to join us?  If yes, please contact President@FOSCP.org.

On May 6th, starting at noon, we are participating in the Giving Challenge with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. We welcome your support to continue the efforts of these volunteers. Any amount is welcome, but $25 or more makes a big difference.

So here’s the ***Action Item***:  

 Please go to www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org between noon May 6 and noon May 7th to support of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks (FOSCP) with your donation. 

Thank you!

Terry Redman

President@FOSCP.org

P.S. Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Inc. could not do this alone. It takes a  dedicated/talented Board of Directors and an excellent working relationship with Sarasota County Parks staff and County Commissioners that makes all this possible. To them we say THANK YOU.

It’s the 2014 Giving Partner Challenge - Give $25 to the Friends of Sarasota County Parks on May 6th!

It’s the 2014 Giving Partner Challenge - Give $25 to the Friends of Sarasota County Parks on May 6th!

Regattas coming to Benderson in April, May, and beyond - Volunteer with us!

Regattas coming to Benderson in April, May, and beyond - Volunteer with us!

(Source: irow, via just-keep-rowing)

Wildflower is one of limited number of sites around the country selected as part of Field & Stream’s conservation “Hero for a Day” program for 2014. 

Volunteer projects on March 29th will include juvenile tarpon research in Lemon Creek, invasive plant removal, native plant seedling collection and planting, and replacement of wetland plants in the artificial floating islands (a water quality project).  Students and parents from L.A. Ainger Middle School will be at the preserve to participate in the volunteer projects and members of the community are invited to join us. 

Volunteer Opportunities and more - from FOSCP Prez Terry:


Booth opportunity:


We have been invited to the SunCoast BBQ- Bluegrass Bash on the Venice Fair Grounds (next to the airport) on April 19th. There will be thousands of people present. We can not sell anything or ask for
donations but we can pass out information about parks and your chapter. Let me know if you would like to share a booth with FOSCP - there will be lots of other non-profits at the event.

Please stop in at Macy’s and make a donation to the Friends of Potter Park, Macy’s is matching every dollar donated in the month of March.

Tour De Parks is on the 23rd — you can go to our or the Friends of the Legacy Trail web-site to find out more info.

Also, on March 17 the Sertoma Club of Venice will be at the gun range to help collect gun casings for FOSCP on the 17th from 3PM to dark — join us if you have time/interest.

On March 22 we will be at Caspersen Beach for the Great American
Clean-up from 8 to noon. Again, join in if you have time/interest.

On March 26 from 5-7PM at the Nokomis Community Center (FOSCP office) there will be a public meeting on the Blackburn Point Park construction project.

We presently have over 2 dozen recognition (memorial) projects which does not include the new opportunities at North Jetty Park and Siesta Beach. Thanks to Ed Wolfenbarger, George Tatge and all the others that helped install a bench/plaque this past week.

All for now — have a great week…Next FOSCP Board of Director’s
meeting is on the 27th at 4:30 at Twin Lakes. Yep, you guessed it - join in if you have time/interest. :-) TR

destinationnorway:

Parts of the forest I’ve never seen before
Now that the snow has retreated for another year, the forest is stretching and waking up again.  

destinationnorway:

Parts of the forest I’ve never seen before

Now that the snow has retreated for another year, the forest is stretching and waking up again.  

Regattas coming!

Regattas coming!

(Source: ciaran-m, via therowinglife)

Here Comes the 2014 Giving Challenge and The Friends are Taking It On

A note from Mary Brown, Coordinator of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks:
“Get ready for the 2014 Giving Challenge! The Friends of Sarasota County Parks will be one of hundreds of nonprofits participating in the Giving Challenge coming up on May 6 and 7.
This is a great opportunity for the Friends to raise funds to support our parks and to raise awareness about the wonderful work being done by all of our Chapters.
The Friends of Sarasota County Parks makes it possible for talented, passionate individuals in our community to come together in support of a common cause or to fill a need. From adding new playground equipment to a favorite park, building a community garden, recruiting volunteers to clean our beaches, creating new dog parks, or building butterfly gardens, the Friends and its Chapters make Sarasota a better place to live and play. Keep an eye out for more information on how to make this year’s Giving Challenge a huge success by donating to the Friends of Sarasota County Parks during the 24 hour online fundraising campaign on May 6 and 7!”


Mary Brown is the Friends’  community liaison for the Giving Challenge. Here are the nuts and bolts of the Friends’ approach to the Challenge:
It’s a 24 hour-challenge, noon May 6-noon May 7.
100% of the money raised by a Chapter stays with that Chapter.  
100% participation of the board is very important
The Board of Directors at the Feb. 27th meeting approved these additional incentives:
 $250 will go to the Friends Chapter that gets the most donors, and another $250 to the chapter that raises the highest amount of contributions.
If you give a gift of $300 or more to the Giving Challenge, you can get a Recognition Paver at Siesta Beach.
Also, donations to the Legacy Trail on May 6th 2014 go toward the $75,000 Legacy Trail Extension goal at Gulf Coast Gives.

Here Comes the 2014 Giving Challenge and The Friends are Taking It On

A note from Mary Brown, Coordinator of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks:

“Get ready for the 2014 Giving Challenge! The Friends of Sarasota County Parks will be one of hundreds of nonprofits participating in the Giving Challenge coming up on May 6 and 7.

This is a great opportunity for the Friends to raise funds to support our parks and to raise awareness about the wonderful work being done by all of our Chapters.

The Friends of Sarasota County Parks makes it possible for talented, passionate individuals in our community to come together in support of a common cause or to fill a need. From adding new playground equipment to a favorite park, building a community garden, recruiting volunteers to clean our beaches, creating new dog parks, or building butterfly gardens, the Friends and its Chapters make Sarasota a better place to live and play. Keep an eye out for more information on how to make this year’s Giving Challenge a huge success by donating to the Friends of Sarasota County Parks during the 24 hour online fundraising campaign on May 6 and 7!”

Mary Brown is the Friends’  community liaison for the Giving Challenge. Here are the nuts and bolts of the Friends’ approach to the Challenge:

  • It’s a 24 hour-challenge, noon May 6-noon May 7.
  • 100% of the money raised by a Chapter stays with that Chapter.  
  • 100% participation of the board is very important

The Board of Directors at the Feb. 27th meeting approved these additional incentives:

  •  $250 will go to the Friends Chapter that gets the most donors, and another $250 to the chapter that raises the highest amount of contributions.
  • If you give a gift of $300 or more to the Giving Challenge, you can get a Recognition Paver at Siesta Beach.
  • Also, donations to the Legacy Trail on May 6th 2014 go toward the $75,000 Legacy Trail Extension goal at Gulf Coast Gives.
Kudos to Friends of the Parks Board Members!

Solar-powered well, bins and other supplies go to community gardens thanks to the Friends

Kudos to FOSCP Board Members Russell Johnson, Terry Redman and Marcello Paolini! In Fall 2013, Sarasota County was awarded a grant through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. This sustainability-based grant provided funding for the installation of a solar-powered well and shed at Englewood Community Garden, located at Buchan Airport Park. Terry and Marcello have been crucial in coordinating distribution of the funding.

http://www.foscp.org/news/solar-powered-well-bins-and-other-supplies-go-to-community-gardens-thanks-to-the-friends

Kudos to Friends of the Parks Board Members!

Solar-powered well, bins and other supplies go to community gardens thanks to the Friends

Kudos to FOSCP Board Members Russell Johnson, Terry Redman and Marcello Paolini! In Fall 2013, Sarasota County was awarded a grant through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. This sustainability-based grant provided funding for the installation of a solar-powered well and shed at Englewood Community Garden, located at Buchan Airport Park. Terry and Marcello have been crucial in coordinating distribution of the funding.

http://www.foscp.org/news/solar-powered-well-bins-and-other-supplies-go-to-community-gardens-thanks-to-the-friends