North Port, FL
McKibben Park, located at 5500 Trekell Street, is a 4-acre neighborhood park that is also one of five parks providing water-based recreation in the City of North Port. General Development Corporation donated the land to the City of North Port with the deed executed in July of 1980.
Previously known as Country Club Ridge Park, McKibben Park is located on the Blue Ridge Waterway. There is a nice shaded green space at the park with Live Oak, Sabal Palm, Slash Pine and Drake Elm in the landscape. In July of 2012, a canoe/kayak launch was added to the park which also boasts a basketball court, tennis/pickleball courts, racquetball and shuffleboard courts, a playground, pavilion, grill and restroom facility. The pavilion at this park can accommodate up to 25 people and is available for rental through the Parks and Recreation Division.
McKibben Park is one of four sites included in the Phase 1 Canal & Creek Master Plan project. Phase 1, which was completed in January 2016, focuses on connectivity of water based recreation at Blue Ridge, McKibben, Dallas White and Butler parks and includes portages at three water control structures. As part of Phase 1 work, an ADA accessible kayak launch, a kayak rinse rack and trailer parking was added to the park. Planning a canoe/kayak excursion? The distance from McKibben Park to Dallas White Park by water is approximately 2 miles.Information on the Canal & Creek Master Plan can be found on the City’s website, www.cityofnorthport.com under the Parks & Recreation/Future Plans and Projects tab.To view a McKibben Park Blueways map click here.
To get to the park from City Hall, take Sumter Blvd. to McKibben Drive and turn left. Follow past Pine Park. McKibben Drive turns into Trekell Street and the park is located at 5500 Trekell Street.