Manatee County’s amateur athletes now have a new destination to improve their skills. The brand-new soccer and multi-purpose sports fields at Buffalo Creek Park were officially inaugurated with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 7, followed by a scrimmage. This new facility is situated at 7550 69th St. E. in Palmetto.
“District One families have been blessed with a number of new and exciting projects in Manatee County,” said Commissioner James Satcher. “This expansion and exceptional use of space will provide another awesome venue for all sorts of sports and recreation. The goal is to make this the greatest place in America to live and raise a family.”
The growing popularity of league play in the Parrish area has drawn hundreds of families to the park during evenings and weekends, leading to the need for an additional soccer and multipurpose field. These new fields and parking spaces are part of the County Commission’s broader development plans for the area, which also include the upcoming construction of a $17-million community park featuring more baseball and soccer fields.
Manatee County is set to continue enhancing Buffalo Creek Park with the addition of four synthetic turf fields. This plan was discussed in the Board of County Commissioners meeting on August 22, 2022. Alongside these fields, new restrooms and a pavilion will also be constructed. The estimated cost for this expansion ranges between $12 and $14 million.
To date, the Board of County Commissioners have earmarked $11.5 million for this project and have instructed staff to secure additional funding in the upcoming year’s budget.