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Conservatory Park is now officially open!

By Josh Siegel

EAST BRADENTON — Although Conservatory Park didn’t officially open for public use until earlier this month, eager residents were already taking advantage of the neighborhood destination.

Tom Yarger, the construction services manager for the Manatee County Property Management Department, said the county received a certificate of occupancy for the property early this month.

A ribbon cutting at an undetermined near date will celebrate the $3.4 million neighborhood nature park north of University Parkway and West of Whitfield Avenue.

Yarger said problems with getting bathrooms running properly caused the delay in opening, which was slated for May.

People have been seen running and biking on the park’s 1.5-mile nature trail and one-mile fitness path before now, signaling the enthusiasm of a community — the park has 14,345 residential units within three miles — who eagerly awaited its arrival.