Bay Preserve is a waterfront oasis on Little Sarasota Bay protected by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. The preserve features a performance pavilion, a dock, a historic boathouse with a wildlife observation platform, the 1931 Burrows-Matson House and carriage house. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Sarasota County Historic Register.
This extraordinary historic property may be used for weddings, private parties, board meetings and retreats, corporate and community events. Sarasota’s premiere caterer, Michael’s On East, is the exclusive caterer for this historic waterfront venue. Arrangements may be made to arrive or depart by boat. Bay Preserve at Osprey is not available for political or fundraising events unless specifically approved by the Board of Trustees of Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.
Bay Preserve at Osprey on Little Sarasota Bay was purchased from the Matson family in 2006 using a state Florida Communities Trust grant to create public access to the bay and provide a headquarters for Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. The historic home on the property is known as the Burrows-Matson House for its prior owners, both of whom conserved their land for future generations: Elsa Scherer Burrows donated her family’s land to create Oscar Scherer State Park in honor of her father, and the Matson’s helped create Bay Preserve at Osprey. Bay Preserve is an incredible community park, owned and operated by a private non-profit, Conservation Foundation. This special property is a small oasis nestled next to Historic Spanish Point that provides access to Little Sarasota Bay for kayaking, rowing, fishing and enjoying the views – in addition to providing an exclusive and inviting location for your wedding, party or corporate event.
Bay Preserve is located at 400 Palmetto Drive, Osprey, west of US-41. From US-41, turn west on Webb St. or W. Oak St., then north on Palmetto Drive. Take Palmetto Drive to its terminus at the shelled parking lot of Bay Preserve.