Fredd Atkins Park getting face-lift


SARASOTA COUNTY – Fredd Atkins park is in disarray for now but on January 20, it will be open to the public again after getting a new irrigation system and new sod.

The old park layout is completely torn down. There’s no more gazebo or bathrooms. Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Fogle says the new park will be more family-friendly.

Fogle says after the park’s reopening, additional work will continue.

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.