Grassy Point Preserve is scheduled for a private, invitation-only opening 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, followed by a public grand opening to which everyone is welcome at 12:30 p.m.
The soft-opening will include a ribbon-cutting and welcome by Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson and a tour of the preserve, which located east of the 3200 block of East Bay Drive, fronting Anna Maria Sound. The preserve entrance is at the north end of Avenue C.
The early opening serves is a “thank you” gathering for those who participated in years of hard work to get Grassy Point back in shape, said Mary Buonagura, the city human resources analyst who helped coordinate the project.
New features inside the 34-acre wetland preserve, the largest undeveloped parcel in the city besides the beach, include a shell pathway and a boardwalk overlooking Anna Maria Sound.