Let me tell you if you’re into biking, walking or have active kids the Lakewood Ranch Parks are for you. Every subdivision within Lakewood Ranch has a park nearby. Each park features walking or biking trails, lakes for fishing, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and pavilions for social gatherings and cookouts. When I lived in Ohio the parks were miles away, but here in Lakewood Ranch they’re in our backyard. With the shopping, the activites of Main Street, the golf courses, and the country club the parks are just icing on the cake.
Summerfield Community Park is located just south of St. Rt. 70 on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Bring a car full of sporting goods because this park has it all. 15 acres has been reserved for soccer fields, baseball fields, and lighted tennis and basketball courts. For friend and family gatherings there is a pavilion with picnic tables and charcoal grills for summer cookouts and a playground for the younger kids.
Herons Nest Nature Park has 110 acres reserved with two lakes, the Heron and Summerfield, which are 12 and 27 acres and used for fishing and boating activities. This park features many mulched trails that cut through the Lakewood Ranch Preserve or as we call it “the jungle”. Throughout the park there are wooded bridges and informative stations explaining the untouched Florida habitat.
Herons Nest Nature Park connects to Braden River Nature Trail in Riverwalk if you’re interested in a scenic bike ride or long walk. Trophy and Otter lakes reside in the park, and are used by the residents of Riverwalk for fishing. An underwater habitat was created to stock the Trophy Lake with bass and other fish to provide those fishing with hours of fun.
The Country Club Community Park is located adjacent to The County Club Athletic Center. This parks main attraction is its sand pit volleyball court. Basketball courts, a picnic area and a tot lot playground complete the park.
Greenbrook Adventure park is located in the center of Greenbrook village where the trails cross through Heron park ultimately meeting up with the village of Summerfield. The Paw Park and challenging play areas of Greenbrook Adventure Park makes it unique to Lakewood Ranch. If you left the dog at home you have your choice of getting in some batting practice at one of the ball fields, inline skating, or just relaxing at the picnic pavilion. The pavilion is large enough to use for special events, parties, or even a family reunion.
Lakewood Ranch District Park surrounds Lakewood Ranch High School occupying 150 acres. Attend any of the high school events throughout the school year like little league, football, and soccer.
The parks are just another reason I decided to make Lakewood Ranch home. If you would like Wendy to show you around feel free to contact her anytime.