Photo Courtesy: Governor’s Press Office
Governor Ron DeSantis was in Manatee County today to mark the grand opening of the newly christened Governor Ron DeSantis Park.
“What a great park!” said Governor DeSantis. “As a dad, I am glad that this is here so that so many families will be able to enjoy it in the future.”
The decision to name the 17-acre recreational space after the Governor came after Manatee County conducted an online survey last year. The County sought input from local residents regarding potential names for the park.
From the numerous suggestions provided by the community, naming the park in honor of Governor DeSantis emerged as the most voted option.
During a meeting held last year in September, Manatee County Commissioners decided the park’s name through a tight vote of 4 to 3. Commissioners Satcher, Kruse, Van Ostenbridge, and then-Commissioner Baugh supported the naming. In contrast, former Commissioners Servia, Whitmore, and Bellamy were opposed.
While discussing her concerns with the naming during the September 2022 Commission meeting, ex-Commissioner Misty Servia commented, “I feel this is very embarrassing to our community.” Servia previously represented the district where the park now stands but was defeated in her primary by the present District 4 Commissioner, Mike Rahn.
“He leads, he looks out for Florida first, and he’s fighting for our families. It’s no wonder the residents voted overwhelmingly to name this park after Governor DeSantis,” said Commission Chairman Kevin Van Ostenbridge while speaking at the opening.
Situated at 7510 Prospect Road, close to Marjorie G. Kinnan Elementary School, Governor Ron DeSantis Park has an array of amenities. Visitors can enjoy two dog parks, shaded pickleball courts, fitness trails, restroom facilities, environment-friendly solar lighting, and parking that is ADA-compliant.