Current Projects

It Starts in Parks

Parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community, ensuring the health of families and youth, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of a community and a region. On any given day, someone is being positively affected through parks and recreation – whether they are taking a walk on a trail or fitness class at the community center, learning a lifelong skill, or just reaping the benefits of clean air and water because of preserved open space.

While serving a growing community, the Parks and Recreation Department provides public parks, trails, natural areas, and recreation facilities. To fulfill it's mission of promoting healthy and socially rewarding activities through the preservation of cultural resources and the provision of diverse high-quality parks and natural spaces, the Department must constantly plan for development and improvement.

Through the City’s Capital Improvement Program, the Department identifies projects that support community needs, prevent the deterioration of existing infrastructure, and respond to and anticipate the future growth of the City.

To check on the status of park projects and view future considerations, visit the Capital Improvement Projects page or review the current City Development Map.

For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at (941) 429-PARK(7275).

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The City of North Port has created a Parks and Recreation Master Plan(PDF, 12MB) that consists of a comprehensive analysis of the entire City parks and recreation system and provides recommendations for the future delivery of services over the next 10 years.

The project to create the Master Plan started in May 2015 in conjunction with Sarasota County’s efforts to create a countywide Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The two plans, although different, tie into each other. North Port’s plan, however, is distinctly for the North Port community. On April 26, 2016, the City Commission accepted the Parks & Recreation Master Plan for the City of North Port as a work product. On January 9, 2018, the City Commission approved the Master Plan with changes. View the final Parks and Recreation Master Plan(PDF, 12MB).

For more information, contact the City’s Parks and Recreation Department at (941) 429-PARK(7275).

Parks & Recreation Master Plan Appendices

Circle of Honor

About the Project

On March 23, 2021, Resolution 2021-R-17 was adopted by City Commission establishing the Veterans Park Advisory Committee to make recommendations regarding the new Veterans Park at North Port City Center. During the June 28, 2022 City Commission Regular meeting, approval was provided to name the site Circle of Honor based on submissions provided by the Veterans Park Advisory Committee. The FY22 Capital Improvement Program includes project #P21VET funded with $500,000 from Parks and Recreation Impact Fees to support design and construction of the site which will honor Veterans of all U.S. Military forces, past, present and future.

Location

The Circle of Honor will be located within the North Port City Center Complex, per the map below.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in sponsoring an amenity for this project? Contact Kimberly Lencki, Community Partnership & Engagement Manager, at 941-429-7143 or email KLencki@NorthPortFL.gov to discuss.

Myakkahatchee Creek Greenway Nature Trail

About the Project

On June 28, 2022, City Commission approved the award of RFB #2022-23 for construction of the Myakkahatchee Creek Greenway Nature Trail to Gale Construction of Illinois for $1,908,812.07. This project is funded by park impact fees, surtax, and a developer contribution of $141,646. 

Opened on Nov. 15, 2023, this one-mile passive walking trail is the first phase of the Myakkahatchee Creek Greenway Master Plan that was approved in 2007. The accessible trail is engineered to avoid wetland impacts wherever possible, minimize overlap with the existing primitive bike trail, mitigate the impact to existing vegetation and native trees, and preserve and enhance the natural scenic features along the greenway.

Location

The trail is located adjacent to the Myakkahatchee Creek providing a linear park experience to residents and serving as a safe pedestrian connection between West Price Boulevard and Appomattox Boulevard.

Contact

For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 941-429-PARK(7275) or email Parks@NorthPortFL.gov

Narramore Soccer Field Rehabilitation

In July of 2021, the City of North Port assumed responsibility for operation and maintaining the Narramore Park Sports Complex. This initiative builds upon Sarasota County’s initial field rehabilitation and replacement plan. The three soccer fields at Narramore Park are set for rehabilitation, with one field undergoing renovations each year for three consecutive years. All field recommended renovations aligns with the direction given by both Sarasota County and Parks & Recreation Athletic Field Specialists.  

Narramore Field 1 will be closed from April 1, 2024 to October 31, 2024. The renovation process for this field will involve removing existing turf and weeds, incorporating sand and soil conditioner, laser grading and installing Bermuda sprigs. These measures are intended to enhance drainage and durability. The field will need to remain closed for approximately six months to allow the Bermuda sprigs to establish a strong root structure.

As a preplanned renovation, the funding for this project is sourced from a Surtax Allocation under Project P24NFR.