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2024 Best of SRQ Local Readers’ Competition

Gold – Best Public Space (Gold), Best Park for Kids (Bronze), Best Children’s Attraction – Ibis Playground & The Nest (Honorable Mention), Best Local Festival – The Bay Turns One! Community Celebration (Honorable Mention)

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American Planning Association (APA) Florida Chapter 2023 Implementation Project Award of Merit

APA Florida’s Implementation Project Award is awarded to a specific physically constructed project that is the result of good planning of unusually high merit. Projects must be in the process of being constructed or has been constructed within the last two years.

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Design Award of Excellence and the Frederic B. Stresau Award at the 2023 Florida American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Conference

ASLA’s Frederic B. Stresau Award is named in honor of Fred Stresau, who is considered by many to be the father of Florida Landscape Architecture. The award is bestowed annually by the ASLA Florida jury to the professional award of excellence recipient that best exhibits innovation and design excellence. These works are truly exceptional and collectively contribute to enhance our body of knowledge.

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Merit Award in General Design at 2023 Boston Society of Landscape Architects Design Awards

The jury found the project offers a great place-making with a mix of programs for different ages and sizes of groups. The experience of moving through the mangrove and the preserved large tree is mesmerizing. The integration of ecological elements is particularly impressive, with the incorporation of low-tech methods and the restoration of mangroves showcasing a commitment to sustainability.

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Best New Park for Kids, Kayaking and Anything, Really in Sarasota Magazine’s The Best of Sarasota 2023: Editor’s Picks

Local leaders started talking about redeveloping 53 acres of city-owned land around the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall all the way back in 2014, and while the area had seen many upgrades in the years since, The Bay burst onto the landscape in a major way last year. Phase one of the ambitious project include 15 acres of green space, plenty of quiet spots to catch a sunset, a fun playground, a new concession stand and a calendar stocked with things to do. 

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Best Public Space in SRQ Magazine’s 2023 Best of SRQ Local Readers’ Competition

Studies show that spending time outdoors is just as important for your mental health as exercise or eating right. Things we take for granted like feeling the sunshine on our on your skin or walking barefoot through green grass actually have a psychological effect on our well-being – so get up and get outside! These Sarasota spots are open to the public and ready to serve as a dose of free therapy for those who spend a little too much time inside typing away. The Bay park tops the list for its Platinum winning park

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Time Magazine’s Greatest Places 2021

Time Magazine‘s “Worlds Greatest Places 2021” is a yearly release that highlights some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Phase 1 of the Bay was mentioned in this article for their plan to revitalize 53 acres of land by turning it into a bay front park, and the impact it will have on future generations.

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American Society of Landscape Architects Design Award

The Bay Park was awarded with the 2021 Design Award by the Florida chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for their unique and innovative design features that they plan to implement. The ASLA gives this award to projects that they believe blend environmental and artistic principles that emphasize beauty, function, and sustainability.

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Boston Society of Landscape Architects Award of Merit

The Boston Society of Landscape Architects awarded the Sarasota Bayfront Masterplan the Award of Merit for “the compelling, clear, and lovely drawings, which very successfully expressed the project and its process, particularly in terms of community engagement.” This award is reserved strictly for projects that express excellence in the diverse practices of landscape architecture.

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Florida Public Relations Associations Award of Distinction

ATLARGE was awarded the FPRA Golden Image Award for Distinction for the recent work that the firm did for The Bay. This award is given annually to those PR professionals that have exemplified the best practices and campaigns across the state of Florida. With the help of ATLARGE, The Bay was able to create a distinctive and unique brand which has been used to generate high levels of awareness and community engagement.

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Florida Public Relations Associations State Award

ATLARGE and The Bay was awarded the FPRA the Award of Distinction on the Statewide level for ATLARGE’s “Ask The Bay” community engagement Campaign. The successful strategy has allowed the project to reach thousands of people within our community on a daily or weekly basis.

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