"Our generous donor and volunteers make VABI's Urban Forest possible."


VABI's Urban Forest, a project of, Venice Area Beautification Inc. a 501(c)3 organization. 


Venice Area Beautification Inc.     257 N Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285      941.207.8224     Email

Why It Matters
Conservation Foundation is partnering with VABI (Venice Area Beautification, Inc.) to reforest the former CSX railroad adjacent to the Venetian Waterway Park. Once completed, the Urban Forest will extend about 1.75 miles and provide a sanctuary for many insects, birds, and animals, and a natural-area park for all to enjoy. Your support is needed now as VABI works to complete the first phase. Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded a $100,000 matching grant, raising the visibility of this transformative community project. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar!

The Urban Forest is integral to the City of Venice's urban design introduced by noted American landscape architect John Nolen in 1926.  This greenbelt corridor compliments Nolen's design principles based on "nature leading the way." The Urban Forest will stretch from the Venice Train Depot to Center Road and will provide a beautiful woodland trail for pedestrians parallel to the Venetian Waterway Park. All native trees and shrubs are being planted so that the forest provides habitat specifically for migratory songbirds and native wildlife.

Need to Know

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded a $100,000 matching grant, raising the visibility of this transformative community project. With your support, you join our conservation community and help restore this special property forever.  Donate now and help build the Venice Urban Forest, tree by tree. 

Just the Facts

  • 33 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway
  • Conservation Foundation is partnering with VABI (Venice Area Beautification, Inc.) to reforest a former railway corridor in the heart of Venice
  • Located between the eastern leg of the Venice Waterway Trail and the Seaboard Industrial Park, extending between Venice Avenue and Center Road
  • Public access will be available
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded a $100,000 matching grant to spur community support

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