Lakewood Ranch based home builder John Neal and his wife Rebecca have donated more than $1 million in land along Wares Creek to the city of Bradenton.
The seven parcels are located near the Ballard Park neighborhood, and range in size from 5,000 - 32,365 square feet.
We felt this area, right in the middle of the Ballard Elementary School district with several historic neighborhoods bordering these parcels, was in need of a transitional space, said John Neal, president of John Neal Homes, said in a news release. Some of these waterfront pieces of land on and near the newly dredged Wares Creek would make a lovely spot for a park or rowing facility.
The city of Bradenton paid $284,661 for the parcels that are worth $1,325,000.
We are so thankful to John and Rebecca Neal for acquiring this land and generously donating it to the city, said Bradenton City Council member Patrick Roff, who represents the area. I am looking forward to turning around properties that have been nuisance problems for the past two decades or more, and in essence offering us a redo on the Ballard Park area.
In the release, Roff said hed like to see a passive park on the largest parcel of donated land, which he said would give the public a chance to access Wares Creek for fishing, canoeing and kayak launching.
We are so grateful to John and Rebecca Neal for this generous donation that would be perfect for a park or dedicated open space, Mayor Wayne Poston said in the release. That will encourage more resident interaction and really invigorate this part of the city."