Stakeholder Spotlight: Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association

Meet the organizations that have signed on to support Sarasota Bayfront 20:20!

Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA)

How long has your organization been around?

The Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association was formed in 1983 by a group of homeowners, property owners and residents seeking to improve Gillespie Park and the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhood. The organization has held monthly meetings since that time and officially incorporated in 2002 as a Florida nonprofit corporation.

How many members do you have?

The Gillespie Park neighborhood has approximately 600 dwelling units consisting of single-family homes, duplexes and several small-medium apartment buildings. The neighborhood is a mix of homeowners and renters. Between our e-mail list and use of website for communication, we reach approximately 150 of our residents. We generally have 15-20 residents attend our monthly meetings, which expands with issues, concerns or specific topics.

Who is on your leadership team?

Our 2015 Board of Directors is made up of President Linda Holland, Vice President Joy McIntosh
, Treasurer
 Jennifer Shaw
, Secretary Charles Morris and Directors Judy Belt, Bill Holland and Linda Jacob.

What’s your mission?

Our mission is to preserve and protect Gillespie Park as a passive neighborhood park for non-institutional uses and its boundaries as a residential neighborhood that is a safe and clean living environment for its residents. We aim to work cooperatively with all government agencies, community organizations and Sarasota citizens in efforts to improve the quality of life for the neighborhood residents.

What are your hopes for the future of the bayfront?

Our hope for the future of the bayfront is that it will offer a safe, accessible place for the public to enjoy the beauty of our bay.