In this compelling first phase, following our unprecedented and inclusive master planning process, Agency is leading the design, implementation, and programming of a 10-acre public park that will serve as “The Living and Learning Lab”. The Living and Learning Lab is located where the city’s iconic Boulevard of the Arts meets the Sarasota Bay, creating both a memorable gateway to the Bay itself and an improved edge to Sarasota’s future 53-acre signature waterfront park. Conceived as an experimental testing ground and designed as an active, changing place for Sarasota’s diverse community, the Living and Learning Lab will be guided by one big idea – ‘A Park for All of Sarasota’ – and three main themes – nature-based and outdoor-enhanced education; fitness, health and recreation; and arts and culture.
Special features includes: The Sunset Boardwalk with places for gathering and seating to view the Bay’s signature sunsets, the Mangrove with an expanded kayak launch configured to enable greater use and accessibility, and the Coastal Hammock with recreational trails, nature interpretation and seating. In design now, Phase One is slated to open in 2021. The design team includes Kimley-Horn, Sweet Sparkman Architects, Moffatt Nichol, Sasaki, Edgewater Resources, HLB Lighting, HR&A Advisors and Zaragunda.
AIA Gulf Coast Chapter, Merit Award in Unbuilt Design. 2020