Adjacent to dog friendly Paws Park, a subdivision of Sarasota’s 17th Avenue Park, sits a slew of softball diamonds, four to be exact. The park itself spans 96 acres and is home to various sporting adventures. After wearing out my pup, I decided to check out the action on the fields.
Moving closer to the diamonds, I saw there were three games in progress; one had just wrapped up. A herd of Mustangs — er fit, older guys — were leaving the field and more than happy to pose for a picture and boast about winning their game. These jocks were members of the many teams who compete in the Sarasota Area Softball Leagues held at the 17th Avenue Park.
Milling about the different stands were women and children with coolers and lawn chairs. All the fields have bleachers, but some folks appeared to have settled in for the afternoon. After different teams finished play, some members washed down victory or defeat with hot dogs and Cokes from the concession stand.
The park is also home to Miss Sarasota Softball, 17th Street Soccer, archery competitions, and the dog park. What a great place to catch a worthy game or engage in a little exercise yourself.
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”