Fredd Atkins Park closed through Jan. 19 for redesign

New seating and enhanced landscaping part of the work underway

Fredd Atkins Park is located in Newtown. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota

Fredd Atkins Park, located at the corner of U.S. 301 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Sarasota, is closed through Friday, Jan. 19 as the park is redesigned to an open park setting, the City of Sarasota has announced.

“In October, crews began the first phase of the project, removing the gazebo in the area to make way for new seating and enhanced landscaping,” a news release explains.

“Now, the restrooms and retaining walls will be removed, followed by the installation of a new irrigation system and sod,” the release adds.

The park will reopen to the public on Saturday, Jan. 20, with some additional work continuing in the weeks afterward, the release notes.

This project is part of the city’s larger goal “to revitalize the Newtown community by stimulating the economy, encouraging development and enhancing existing recreation facilities,” such as Fredd Atkins Park, the release points out.