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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 with celery fields growing for Gold. Bradenton Riverwalk provides a soothing space for Silver and Bayfront Park is our Bronze pick. Diana Shaheen (on The Bay): The Bay is a new signature public park along Sarasota Bay. The Bay exists to be one park for all, to be open and accessible, free and welcoming to the full and rich diversity of the community now, and for generations to come. The Bay transforms what are mostly parking lots and underused buildings, into an environmentally restored blue and green oasis that will establish a recreational, cultural and economic legacy for the region. Sydney Baulier (on The Bay): The Bay park is one of the newest public spaces in Sarasota. It is beautiful, accessible and contains so much for everyone in the community. This brand-new public park has something for everyone – daily free events (everything from salsa nights to yoga, kayaking and live music), acres of green space, walking trails with all native plants and spectacular sunsets.