Fredd Atkins Park officially opened on Friday June 23. Many city and county officials, city staff and residents attended this long awaited event.
Sarasota has opened a number of parks in the last couple years and this neighborhood park is certainly a winner. It presents a great gateway into Newtown.
The opening ceremony included a jazz group providing music and speeches by the politicians and city staff.
City neighborhoods were also well represented at the celebration: Amaryllis Park, the City Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, Indian Beach Sapphire Shores, Hudson Bayou, McClellan Park, Cherokee Park, Alta Vista and Laurel Park all had representatives attending. Several members of the Save Our Sarasota group also attended.
City crews, lead by Duane Mountain, worked long hard days the past couple weeks to get the park ready for this opening ceremony. We thank these unsung heroes for all the work they put into this park to make it happen.