Venice Area Beautification, Inc.
TAKING PRIDE IN OUR COMMUNITY
Venetian Waterway Park (VWP):
In 1993, a Sarasota County Charrette was organized to plan for the County’s future growth and development. The term “charrette” roughly translates into a “moving work in progress,” and in urban planning describes the process by which designers consult with small and large diverse groups in order to involve all stakeholders in the creation of a resulting plan.
This process in the City of Venice was spearheaded by the 2020 Visions of Venice Task Force of the Chamber of Commerce. The result was a list of thirteen priorities for the improvement of the City. The number one priority was the creation of a linear park along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Venice Area Beautification, Inc. was inspired both by the vision of a scenic recreational trail in the community and the collaborative concept that had spawned the idea for it. VABI’s effort brought together more than thirty-two public and private organizations and individuals contributing over five million dollars to the project. Over 100 volunteers were organized to provide the sweat equity that enhances the trail.
The City of Venice now has a ten mile bike and walking trail along the Intracoastal Waterway, dotted with small parks and gardens. The Venetian Waterway Park runs from the Historic Train Depot to Shamrock Park on the east side of the ICW and from Hatchett Creek Bridge south to Caspersen beach on the west side. The first one mile segment was opened on November 6, 2000.
Venice Area Beautification Inc.
257 North Tamiami Trail, Venice, Florida 34285
VABI is a 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit Organization
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