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New Pavilion Unveiled at Lake Manatee State Park


BRADENTON—Lake Manatee State Park now has a new, accessible picnic pavilion. A generous donation from the Garrett A. Turner Foundation made the amenity possible.

On a concrete pad, the lakeside pavilion is outfitted with picnic tables and a grill and is completely wheelchair accessible. There is plenty of room for wheelchair users to move around, including access to the grill.

Beginning with accessible parking, a pathway, a restroom, and now a pavilion with a gorgeous view of Lake Manatee, this park offers an all-inclusive experience that everyone can enjoy.

“Enjoying a picnic with family and friends is a quintessential state parks experience,” said Julia Gill Woodward, CEO of the Florida State Parks Foundation. “We hope this pavilion will encourage more people to explore Lake Manatee State Park, and we are grateful to Mr. Turner and Manatee Community Foundation for enhancing visitor experiences at the park.”

Lake Manatee State Park spans 549 acres and extends three miles along its namesake, Lake Manatee.

In addition to its picnic pavilion, the park also provides ample opportunities for swimming, paddling, hiking, fishing, and camping.

“Lake Manatee State Park is a beautiful outdoor oasis for the people of Manatee County and beyond,” said Veronica Thames, Executive Director of the Manatee Community Foundation.

Mr. Turner added, “Our hope is that this new pavilion will be a part of many treasured memories that visitors create for years to come.”


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