New Shade Structures Coming To Englewood Sports Complex

February 8, 2024 at 4:55 p.m.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s (Gulf Coast) Board of Directors approved a $50,000 grant to support the installation of shade structures at the Englewood Sports Complex at 1300 South River Road. This partnership between Sarasota County Government and Gulf Coast will allow for the addition of shade structures at the 136-acre sports complex, specifically for four youth baseball fields and two youth softball fields that currently do not have shade structures. The investment plans to increase attendance by spectators and reduce the harmful effects of intense sun exposure. “Englewood experienced significant impacts from Hurricane Ian in 2022, and increased recreation with a respite from the sun holds significant value for both youth and adults,” says Gulf Coast’s President/CEO Phillip Lanham.