Community invited to Pine Park celebration on March 3
The City of North Port’s General Services Department will host a community celebration highlighting the new amenities at Pine Park, 4556 McKibben Drive, on March 3 at 10 a.m. Park improvements include a new walking loop, lighting and benches.
The celebration will include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Snacks will be served.
The event will also feature a variety of activities presented by the Parks & Recreation Division. Prizes and giveaways will be part of the excitement.
”The improvements to this park are a direct result of the feedback we received from Pine Park neighbors,” said Parks & Recreation Manager Tricia Wisner, “and we hope to see all of our neighbors at the celebration.” “
Pine Park has received numerous improvements as part of the project, including new lighting, park benches, a repaved parking lot, fence improvements, and the walking loop. The closed loop path is a total of 713 linear feet, or 0.13 miles. Eight laps would be just over a mile walk.
A national study by the RAND Corporation found that walking loops provided the greatest amount of physical activity in neighborhood parks. The study found that parks with walking loops had 80 percent more users compared to those without loops, and that the level of physical activity was 90 percent higher in parks with loops than those without. The study also found that seniors tend to use parks with walking loops more than any other park.
The walking loop was built using Flexi-Pave, a flexible and highly porous product. Made from recycled tires, aggregate, and a special single compound urethane, the walking loop’s surface is designed to diminish water runoff by allowing water to soak through the ground. This eliminates puddles in low areas. The walking loop’s surface also will resist crumbling or cracking from tree roots.
The Pine Park walking loop is the second paved path to be built in North Port’s parks. Butler Park also has a paved walking path. Earlier this year, the City of North Port worked with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota), Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, and Sarasota County Government to create several roadside walking paths as part of a Pathways for Health program. Sumter Boulevard and Toledo Blade Boulevard were deemed Pathways for Health. A closed loop using local roadways around the North Port Library also was deemed a Pathway for Health.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide a paved walking loop at Pine Park and hope residents will enjoy this new feature,” Wisner said.
In-kind sponsors interested in getting involved in the Pine Park celebration should contact Communications and Outreach Coordinator Erin Bryce at (941) 429-7143 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The City is seeking prizes for a prize drawing for the event.