Origins and Vision:
Wellen Park’s history began in the early 2000s when the land was acquired by Mattamy Homes, one of North America’s largest privately-owned home builders. Recognizing the potential of the area, Mattamy Homes embarked on a grand vision to create a master-planned community that would seamlessly blend residential neighborhoods, commercial spaces, recreational amenities, and natural preserves.
Residential Development and Neighborhoods:
Wellen Park’s development unfolded gradually, with an emphasis on creating distinct neighborhoods that cater to various lifestyles and preferences. The community features a range of housing options, including single-family homes, townhouses, villas, and apartments. Each neighborhood within Wellen Park offers its unique charm and amenities, providing residents with a diverse and inclusive community.
Recreational Amenities and Nature:
Wellen Park takes pride in its commitment to preserving and showcasing the natural beauty of the area. The community boasts an extensive network of parks, green spaces, and nature trails, inviting residents to explore the outdoors and enjoy recreational activities. Parks within Wellen Park feature amenities such as playgrounds, sports fields, picnic areas, and dog parks, promoting an active and connected lifestyle.
The CoolToday Park:
One of the significant milestones in Wellen Park’s history was the opening of CoolToday Park in 2019. This state-of-the-art spring training facility serves as the home of the Atlanta Braves during their spring training season. CoolToday Park not only provides an exciting venue for baseball enthusiasts but also contributes to the local economy and enhances the overall appeal of Wellen Park.
Retail and Commercial Spaces:
In addition to its residential neighborhoods, Wellen Park offers a variety of retail and commercial spaces designed to meet the needs of its residents. The West Villages Marketplace is a vibrant retail center that features a mix of shops, restaurants, and services, creating a convenient and vibrant hub for residents and visitors. The community continues to attract businesses, contributing to its economic growth and providing opportunities for employment.
Health and Education:
Wellen Park recognizes the importance of health and education in creating a thriving community. The Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a renowned healthcare provider, has established a facility within Wellen Park, ensuring residents have access to high-quality medical services. The community is also home to the State College of Florida, offering educational opportunities to residents pursuing higher education and professional development.
Future Growth and Sustainability:
As Wellen Park continues to grow and develop, its future is focused on sustainable practices and thoughtful expansion. The community emphasizes preserving its natural resources, implementing green initiatives, and promoting walkability and connectivity within its neighborhoods. With a focus on enhancing the quality of life for its residents, Wellen Park strives to create an environment that fosters community spirit and well-being.
The following neighborhoods have broken ground or are slated for Wellen Park:
- Gran Paradiso by Lennar Corporation
- Grand Palm by Neal Communities
- IslandWalk by Otto Divosta
- Oasis by M/I Homes
- The Preserve by D.R. Horton
- Renaissance by Mattamy Homes
- Sarasota National by Lennar Corporation
Wellen Park Improvement District
Much of the planned community is situated within the Wellen Park Improvement District (WPID or “District”), a limited, single and specialized purpose local government whose purpose is to provide infrastructure, including community development systems, facilities, services, projects, and improvements to the District.
Florida Legislature established the District with the intent that the growth of the community will pay for itself in the long run. All activities of the District are done to benefit the property owner. A five-person board governs the District, which oversees approximately 11,000 acres (4,500 ha).