Just the Facts

  •  23.4 acres east of the Celery Fields off Palmer Road in Sarasota County
  • Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is under contract to purchase this land, protect its unique character forever, and save it from inevitable development.  
  • The total cost is $2.55 million.
  • Public access will be available
  • Community donations needed NOW to meet contract funding deadlines by end of June and September for final purchase January 31, 2020!


Why it Matters

The rural heritage landscape around the Celery Fields is imperiled. This unique natural space that plays a vital role for wildlife and recreation may be gone forever if we don’t act now.

Within the view from the Celery Fields you see family farms, fields, and few houses. You also see two community assets: Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary, and the equestrian center at Graceland that anchor this rural neighborhood.

Graceland is the linchpin to establish a 140-acre wildlife conservation park within a 1,300 acre rural heritage area. This 23.4-acre parcel of land is already contributing to our community’s quality of life. Graceland provides habitat for wildlife in forested wetlands as well as recreational opportunities like therapeutic horseback riding and outdoor activities for our youth. This rural heritage area serves as an attractor for visitors and as an amenity for those who live, work and play in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. 

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We must raise $650,000 in community donations by June 30,  and another $650,000 by September 30 in order to meet our contract deposits, demonstrate community support, and keep this opportunity, this one-time chance, alive. Your donation now is vital.  Donate now to save Graceland for endless generations to come.