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Where World Class Athletes Come To Compete!

Located in Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) is a unique 600-acre community park slated to become North America’s premier 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and Regatta Center.

One of a handful of sites in the United States identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a premier rowing and recreational facility, Nathan Benderson Park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009. Over $40 million has been committed to the facility’s development, including 2,200 meter racing lanes and straight shorelines, coaching lanes, wave attenuation, a multi-function boathouse and athlete training center, starting huts and finish towers, grand stands and a state-of-the-art-boat maintenance and testing facility.

As a result, the community park offers the perfect destination for a range of championship and recreational events, vendor opportunities, team training and development trips, and so much more.

Park Operations

Nathan Benderson Park is open to the public and offers year-round recreational opportunities for all ages. Challenge your stamina with a walk, jog or ride on our neatly manicured trails. Take to the water with a canoe, rowboat, kayak or stand-up paddle board. Enjoy an afternoon picnic with a picturesque backdrop of pristine natural beauty. Or become a spectator to a thrilling international championship event.



  • Boat ramp for small, non-motor watercraft, rowboats and kayaks
  • Running/biking trail encircling the picturesque 500-acre lake
  • A full calendar of championship events, community causes and more
  • Ample parking
  • Picnic areas
  • World-class facilities
  • Pet friendly

Click HERE to view our events calendar.

Park Hours

April – October:       6 AM to 8 PM
November – March: 6 AM to 6 PM

Prohibited Activities

  • NO Glass Containers
  • NO Littering or Dumping
  • NO Swimming
  • NO Soliciting
  • NO Open Fires
  • NO Feeding Wildlife

Disaster Plan

SANCA Disaster Plan

Nathan Benderson Park

Park History
Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre park providing the public access to a 400-acre lake. The county purchased the site in the early 1990s. Before that, the property had been an active shell excavation pit for road construction fill. Cooper Creek enters the east side of the large lake and exits at the northwest corner.


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Nathan Benderson Park is situated west of Interstate 75 and east of The Meadows residential community. The newly constructed Cattlemen Road extension allows access to the park from Fruitville and University Parkway. Nathan Benderson Park is one of only a handful of sites in North America identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a premiere rowing facility. The park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009.

Park Hours
April – October:       6 AM to 8 PM
November – March: 6 AM to 6 PM

Prohibited Activities

  • NO Glass Containers
  • NO Littering or Dumping
  • NO Swimming
  • NO Soliciting
  • NO Open Fires
  • NO Feeding Wildlife

Park Path

The loop around Nathan Benderson Park is measured at 3.5 miles. 

Travel Information

Nathan Benderson Park is situated west of Interstate 75 and east of The Meadows residential community. The newly constructed Cattlemen Road extension provides access to the park from Fruitville Road and University Parkway. 

Major Access Roads: Interstate 75 (North-South) and US Highway 41 (North-South)

Directions to Regatta Island from the NORTH:



  • From I-75 take University Parkway, Exit 213.
  • Drive WEST on University Parkway.
  • Turn SOUTH (left) onto North Cattlemen Road (traffic light).
  • Drive approx .8 km / 0.5 miles, following signs and pass thru 3 traffic circles.
  • Continue SOUTH on North Cattlemen Road to Regatta Island.
  • Rowing facility will be on your right.
  • Follow Parking Staff instructions.

Directions to Regatta Island from the SOUTH:



  • From I-75 take Fruitville Road, Exit 210.
  • Drive WEST on Fruitville Road.
  • Turn NORTH (right) on North Cattlemen Road (traffic light).
  • Drive approx 3.5 km / 2.2 miles to the Regatta Island.
  • Rowing facility will be on your left.
  • Follow Parking Staff instructions.