Nathan Benderson Park was recently awarded an APA Florida Award of Excellence in the Planning Project category and Tom Walsh was part of a panel that presented the park’s master planning process to conference attendees. The conference was held last week in Orlando, September 10 – 13.


Nathan Benderson Park is located in unincorporated Sarasota County, Florida. This county park used by a handful of local fishermen was once an unimproved borrow pit lake originally created to serve road construction needs in the region. Today, it’s being transformed into a 600-acre regional park that includes a world-class rowing venue that will host the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

TSW’s Landscape Architecture Studio developed the overall master plan for the park and helped coordinate visioning graphics.