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Sarasota in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Kensington Park

 
 
Kensington Park Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon
1. Kensington Park Marker Side 1
Inscription.  

Side 1
After World War II, Sarasota experienced an influx of new residents, creating a housing boom. Martin Paver, retired from his business in New York, was on a pleasure cruise in 1949 when he and his wife Mildred docked in Sarasota to buy supplies. He fell in love with the charming city, decided to make it his home, and invited his sons Paul and Stanley to join him in land development. Their first venture was Paver Park, built near the downtown area. Based on its success, Paver Construction Company purchased a 400+ acre dairy from Charles Schmid in 1955 for a larger project, Kensington Park, conveniently located near the Bobby Jones Golf Course. Kensington Park, named for the area where the Pavers had lived in Great Neck, NY, was developed in 1956. Billed as "total Living", it was one of the first fully sustainable developments in Southwest Florida with its own water and sewage system. The water was so delicious that townspeople were allowed to freely tap it to take home. Modern single-family homes were built in a landscape of winding, concrete streets, many named for family and friends. Homeowners included young families,
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military retirees, and retired professional baseball players.
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Emphasizing Sarasota's climate and year-round activities, an advertisement promoting Kensington Park stated that it was "not a dream or a 'someday' promise but an actual reality." The heart of Kensington Park, its community center, proved this statement to be true as it offered something for everyone. Residents enjoyed the Olympic size pool where the "Aquabelles", a women's synchronized swim team, performed and where swim meets were held. Residents also used shuffleboard courts, picnic areas, and playgrounds. The indoor clubhouse was the site for card parties, square dances, civic meeting, and stage plays. The most popular annual event was the community luau. Kensington Park reflected the guiding principles of Paver Construction Company: "Build better than the building codes require and create a place where you would like to live and raise a family." In 1962 Good Housekeeping magazine awarded Kensington Park with a citation for "Good House Building and Excellence of Architectural Design, Land Development, and House Planning." The Paver family continued to build residences throughout the county, becoming an integral part of Sarasota's development history.
 
Erected by Sarasota County Historical
Kensington Park Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon
2. Kensington Park Marker Side 2
Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1949.
 
Location. 27° 21.253′ N, 82° 30.285′ W. Marker is in Sarasota, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is on Monica Parkway just east of North Lockwood Ridge Road, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sarasota FL 34237, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winter Quarters (approx. 0.7 miles away); Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station (approx. 1.8 miles away); Oaklands/Woodlawn Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Newtown Community Center/Robert L. Taylor Community Complex (approx. 1.9 miles away); World Trade Center Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Sarasota County Courthouse (approx. 2 miles away); Payne Park (approx. 2 miles away); John Hamilton Gillespie (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sarasota.
 
Also see . . .  Kensington Park. (Submitted on April 8, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Kensington Park Marker looking west image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon
3. Kensington Park Marker looking west
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 8, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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