The Parks & Recreation Department, a division of the City of Bradenton Public Works Department, is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the City’s parks, buildings, medians, and rights-of-ways. Maintenance includes mowing, edging, mulching, tree trimming, plant replacement, and equipment replacement as deemed necessary.
A priority is the continued replacement of existing, aging park and playground equipment. This is being done in phases with the oldest equipment being replaced first. New equipment will incorporate current safety standards.
Below are some rules regarding the City's parks:
All parks are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Riverwalk is open 24 hours a day and the Riverwalk splash pad is active 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week during the late spring/summer season and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. when daylight savings ends. (The Splash Pad is currently closed for the winter. It is set to reopen in March.)
Alcohol is prohibited in City parks unless there is an approved special event.
Dogs are allowed in all parks, but owners must follow City ordinances regarding leashes and pick up of dog waste.
Visit any one of these fantastic parks located in the City of Bradenton!
Bradenton Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile stretch of land lying between the Green and DeSoto bridges along the banks of the Manatee River. It is a major expansion of Rossi Park.
3120 First Ave. W. (First Ave/30th St. W.)
11th Ave. W. and Second St. W.
18th St. W. and 10th Ave.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARK
509 Ninth Ave. W.
MANATEE MINERAL SPRINGS PARK
Second Ave. E. and 14th St. E.
PARK AT OLDE WESTFIELD
Sixth Ave. W. and 30th St. W.
28th STREET PARK
12th Ave. W. and 28th St. W.
17th AVENUE WEST PARK
17th Ave. W. and 17th-22nd Streets W.
NORMA LLOYD PARK
2305 13th Ave. E.
VETERANS' MONUMENT PARK
Adjacent to Manatee Memorial Hospital and Riverwalk
PALMA SOLA CAUSEWAY
State Rd. 64 spanning Palma Sola Bay
The majority of citizens do need a fishing license, although there are several exceptions. Please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-347-4356 or visit them on the web at http://www.wildlifelicense.com.
Here is a list of boat ramps in the area:
Braden River - 3020 Manatee Avenue East in Bradenton
Ellenton - 353 Shore Drive in Ellenton
Ft. Hamer - 1605 Ft. Hamer Road in Parrish
King Fish - 752 Manatee Avenue on Holmes Beach
Lake Manatee - 19001 SR 64 E in Bradenton in Lake Manatee State Park
Palmetto - 833 Riverside Drive in Palmetto
Warners Bayou - 5800 Riverview Blvd. in Bradenton
LECOM Park, located just south of downtown Bradenton at 1611 9th St. W., has been the spring training home of Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates since 1969, the summer home of the Bradenton Marauders (Pirates Advanced-A minor league affiliate) since 2010 and has fielded baseball games since 1923. The younger Pirates train regularly at Pirate City, located 1701 27th St. E. For ticketing information, visit the Pirates Website, www.bradentonmarauders.com or call (941) 748-4610.
GT Bray Recreation Center is located in the City but maintained by Manatee County.
River Run Golf Links opened for play in 1987 and went through a major renovation of greens and tees during the summer of 2005. The enhanced 18 hole par 70 layout offers a wide variety of challenges for players of all ages and experience levels. River Run offers a unique combination of affordability and challenging golf. Every tee, fairway, and green is laid out to specifically enhance your enjoyment of the game. Tee times can be reserved up to seven days in advance 24 hours a day at your convenience by calling (941) 708-6331. Or visit River Run's Website for more information.
Manatee Village Historical Park Step back into time with a visit to the Manatee Village Historical Park, 1401 Manatee Ave. E. The park, which is operated by the Manatee County Historical Commission, includes about a dozen restored or replicated buildings from the late 1800s. The park celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008. For more information, visit its Website www.manateehistoricalvillage.com.
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More area parks. For information on other area parks, such as state parks in the Manatee County area, click here.