Garden of the Five Senses


The park was the vision of late Jean Bruhn, former Parks & Recreation Advisory Board member, who sought to develop and maintain a sensory garden that fosters an appreciation of nature, landscaping, preserving our natural resources and promoting environmental education through a natural interpretation and use of all our senses. It was also Jean’s dream to facilitate and support special programming that will broaden public participation in outdoor recreation and improve recreational access for those with physical or mental disabilities. The conceptual master plan for the Garden of the Five Senses was completed in 2003 and the park opened in October of 2007.

The park is also home to the Boundless Adventures Playground, which opened in December of 2018. This playground is the City of North Port’s first designed for all children, including those with physical, developmental, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

Next to the playground is a paved walking trail, constructed from flexi-pave (environmentally friendly product composed in part from recycled waste tires). The trail opened in the summer of 2020. In September 2020, the Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with the Sarasota County Libraries, started offering visitors a chance to enjoy a Story Stroll, so they could enjoy a book with family or friends as they explored the trail. The story walk is temporarily suspended, in anticipation of a potential permanent installation funded by a Community Development Block Grant. Sign up for email alerts to receive updates about this project at the Community Recreation page.


4299 Pan American Blvd., North Port, FL 34827  View Map

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