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The Bay Park Launches Founding Business Partners Program

| Suncoast Post Staff |

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC) is excited to announce its Founding Business Partners Program and invites area businesses to support the creation of a world-class park by becoming a Founding Business Partner.

With this program, The Bay Park aims to create a catalyst fund to spearhead activation and programming in the park – ensuring that The Bay and its programs continue to be open, accessible, free and welcoming to all. By donating $2500, businesses can become Founding Business Partners, thus strengthening the community in which their staff and customers live, work and play.

100 Founding Business Partners

The Bay is approaching its goal of enlisting 100 Founding Business Partners by the end of the year, collectively raising $250,000 to develop free programs and activities for the greater area. The Bay is inviting business owners to support this effort. To date, The Bay Park initiative has been funded primarily by private sources, including major foundations, family foundations, individual philanthropists, city and county government, and hundreds of future visitors who believe in the value of The Bay.

Please consider becoming a Founding Business Partner of The Bay. The Patterson Foundation’s recently announced matching challenge, doubles your contribution making it more impactful than ever.

To learn more, join The Bay for an informational presentation by Founding CEO, AG Lafley on Thursday, October 28 at 5:30 pm at The Bay’s welcome center, The Blue Pagoda, located at 655 N. Tamiami Trail. To RSVP, please email

“Well-located, well-planned, and well-managed parks, like The Bay, foster community and economic development, not only for neighbors who live nearby but for all residents and visitors to the region,” said AG Lafley, Founding CEO of The Bay Park Conservancy. “By becoming a Founding Business Partner, you’re providing a catalytic investment to develop free programs and activities for all to enjoy.”

To become a Founding Business Partner directly, click here to pay online or contact Lori Denny to request an invoice, pledge or flexible payment plan.

The Bay is on track to open in the summer of 2022, providing an iconic destination that will welcome everyone to Sarasota. From sunset strolls to free park programs, The Bay offers park-goers a place to gather, connect, explore and appreciate Florida’s natural beauty.

For more information about The Bay Park Conservancy, visit The Bay Sarasota or contact Nicole Zimmerman at or 201-394-4000.

About The Bay

The approved Bay master plan will conserve 53 acres of city-owned land and create an iconic public park along Sarasota Bay. The Park will cost about $100-150 million and will take between 7-10 years, over 3 or more phases to complete. The Blue Pagoda serves as a welcome center for visitors and an on-site office for The Bay Park Conservancy. For more information or general inquiries about this initiative, please visit The Bay Sarasota or call 941-203-5316.

About The Bay Park Conservancy

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC) was formed as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in 2019 to implement the master plan approved by the Sarasota City Commission to conserve 53 acres of public land for a community park on Sarasota Bay. The BPC entered a long-term partnership with the City and will fund, develop, operate, and sustain the park for the benefit of the community, now, and for generations to come. For more information, visit The Bay Sarasota

Photo from The Bay

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