Manatee County’s Conservatory Park opens with 55 rustic acres
The 55-acre Manatee County park opened Oct. 8 with little fanfare. Paved walking trails meander through heavy pine and palmetto undergrowth. Yellow wildflowers nod in the sun and locusts buzz in the stillness. It is tucked away in a heavily developed suburban area north of University Parkway and west of Whitfield Avenue. It was mentioned that during heavy downpour certain parts of the park may flood. The park features short paved roads, but restricts cars to a particular area. In 2004, the land was purchased for $3.4 million, with half the money supplied by a Florida Communities Trust grant, and the rest from a local matching arrangement. The county then spent another $1.5 million developing the property. The Conservatory Park in Manatee County includes a 10-acre lake, fishing pier, pavilion with restrooms, observation deck, trails and parking areas. Eventually there will even be a playground. The community is already enjoying the new park.
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