A plan and budget for park improvements approved by the city commission in the amount of $134,401 was deemed by the board to be the minimum to meet many of the project goals and much of the community need. DID directors approved a funding commitment of up to $135,000 to cover the park improvements cost.
Improvements List:

  • Wall removal
  • Grading
  • Turf removal
  • Erosion control (fence)
  • Path & performance platform paving
  • 2 Light poles w/acorn globe
  • Electrical service
  • Enhanced landscape
  • Irrigation
Selby Five Points Park (SFPP) was an ill maintained eyesore in the center of historic downtown Sarasota.  The park was invariably empty due to its poor condition resultilng from inadequate maintenance, lack of continuous reinvestment in its landscape, and unwelcoming design.  The wall around the entire park was a psychological barrier to an invitation to "come on in."  Center city Sarasota and the Selby name deserve better.  The Downtown Improvement District (DID) board decided to do something about it.
SELBY FIVE POINTS PARK UPGRADE FUNDED BY THE DID
THE PLAN by WilsonMiller
Before DID Improvements
After DID Improvements
DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT - CITY  OF SARASOTA, FLORIDA