Gulf Coast Community Foundation provides $60,000 grant to help with field renovations at Wellfield Park in City of Venice

Partnership forged among City of Venice, Sarasota County Government and Foundation to to make project possible

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The Gulf Coast Community Foundation Board of Directors has approved a $60,000 grant from the Venice Endowment Fund to support field renovations at Wellfield Park in Venice, the Foundation announced on June 29.

This partnership among the City of Venice, Sarasota County Government, and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation will allow for the restoration of both Soccer Field No. 2 and the Letson Stadium Football Field, a news release explains.

“During their June 28 regular meeting, Venice City Council members supported moving forward with this important project, approving a $142,200 budget amendment to appropriate funds for the City’s portion of the work,” the release points out. “This amount includes Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s grant,” the release explains.

“We are honored to support improvements to Wellfield Park in this partnership with the City of Venice and Sarasota County Government,” said Mark Pritchett, president and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, in the release. “The redevelopment of the soccer and football fields will allow generations of families to enjoy the beautiful park safely for many years to come,” he added in the release.

Under the terms of the partnership, the city will be responsible for turf replacement and pest control treatment, the release notes. “The City of Venice is very grateful for the opportunity to partner with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Sarasota County on the soccer and football field restoration project at Wellfield Park,” said Assistant City Manager James Clinch in the release. “This partnership project will benefit two major youth sports organizations and hundreds of families in our community.”

“Sarasota County is responsible for sand, soil, laser grading, and all labor and onsite supervision and coordination of the projects,” the release points out. Total project cost is $162,200.

“We are thrilled to partner with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the City of Venice on this exciting project and continue enhancing athletic fields in South County,” Nicole Rissler, director of the county’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department, said in the release. “This important collaboration will support generations to come and benefit kids in our community,” she added.