Wellen Park is a planned community located in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. Majority of the is located along US 41 and River Road (County Road 777) at the edges of unincorporated Sarasota County and within the city limits of North Port.
The land was initially used for ranching and agriculture in the 1930s and became known as Taylor Ranch. In May 2014, a partnership, including Mattamy Homes, Vanguard Land and other developers, invested about $100 million to purchase approximately 9,600 acres (3,900 ha) that represented the remainder of the former Berry and Taylor family ranch.
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
In early 2017, the Atlanta Braves professional baseball team announced the selection of West Villages Florida, as the site of CoolToday Park. Sarasota County has approved its funding earmarking about $22 million in tourist development taxes. The City of North Port will provide $4.7 million and the Florida Sports Foundation is slated to contribute $20 million.
The developer is donating the land, road work, and utility infrastructure as well as an annual $300,000 contribution. The Atlanta Braves are making the upfront capital contribution and annual lease payments. By hosting the stadium, Wellen Park ensures a lot of future activities, events and opportunities for its residents as well as visitors from throughout the region and the country.
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).