The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Eidel
(click to enlarge)

But the phone said no rain.
Thank goodness for the shelters!

Many Thanks to The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
for Helping Us Purchase the New Fountain at Osprey Junction Trailhead

Red Rider Returns to Osprey Junction Trailhead
- Sponsored by Coastal Cruisers -

Making adjustments near the Venice Train Depot!

Legacy Trail Dona Bay Bridge
Photo Credit: Craigi @craigsfire

Florida Sunset from New Laurel Road Bridge
Photo: Credit: James @jsarasota

They're Off! Start of the 2019 Tour de Parks
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New Gator Family Near Osprey Junction Trailhead

Bond Signing and Kickoff Celebration of the
"Race to Completion" of The Trail Extension

Photo: Joan Attenberg

Some Attendees at the Extension Kick-Off Event
For Now and Future Generations

Your Donations at Work: Beautiful new Legacy Trail signs that are now up at Bay Street.

Photo: Darryl Lang

Florida softshell turtle on the Trail near Culverhouse Park
Photo: Darryl Lang

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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Total To Date:   $72,553 from 616 Donations.

Help Fund the Trail Extension.  Click Here to
Get Your Square Feet!


The Legacy Trail Extension is Discussed on “The Chair”, hosted by Sarasota County Commissioner Charles Hines

Thanks to Sarasota County Commission Chair Charles Hines, Director of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Nicole Rissler, and Friends of the Legacy Trail President Louis Kosiba for bringing us up to date on the Legacy Trail extension! Check out the video:

Trail Alerts:

  • The entire week of July 8 – The Legacy Trail US41 Overpass will be closed for maintenance. The Trail will not be accessible via US41. Work will take place Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Sarasota County Contact Center 941-861-5000.
  • The Florida Department of Transportation will be installing an outflow pipe, which will be going under a small section of the Venetian Waterway Park (VWP). The VWP will remain open at all times, but there will be a small detour (see map). Please go slow and use caution. For questions, contact FDOT’s contracted Public Information Officer, Jessica Francios – 850-356-0679;
  • The Legacy Trail annual maintenance (tree trimming) is now complete! The US41 overpass is now the only section of the trail that is closed (see first item).

New Striping at Bay Street and Central Sarasota Parkway

And thanks to FLT Board Member, Darryl Lang, for persevering to have this new striping painted at Bay Street. Bright yellow (replaces white) really shows up–>alerting Trail users to STOP before crossing. Striping at Central Sarasota Parkway intersection is also being redone. Thanks for donating to Friends of The Legacy Trail! Thanks to Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources for your help getting this done!

Good News! The Legacy Trail Extension Project Has Been Expedited.

Thanks to very diligent work by the county commissioners, county staff, and FDOT, the projected schedule for the northern extension has been considerably expedited. It is now estimated that the ground level trail (excluding highway overpasses) will be completed in 2022! (The previous estimate for completion, including overpasses, was December 2024) . Read More …

Trail Extension News

by Roger Normand

We are on the cusp of realizing a remarkable milestone to extend the Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota.  Suddenly, unbelievably, our vision for a paved, multiuse path along the abandoned, unsightly rail corridor that stretches from Culverhouse Nature Park to Payne Park and Fruitville is about to happen!   With the purchase of the land on June 28, design and engineering of the trail extension can now proceed.  Our six year quest, capped by the astounding support of 71 percent of County voters during the November 2018 referendum to extend the Legacy Trail IS REALLY HAPPENING!

Much has been going on behind the scenes. Read more here …     

NEW! South Creek Stop Station on The Legacy Trail

“The South Creek Stop Station and Learning Area” is being created at South Creek adjacent to Oscar Scherer State Park. Funding from the Jelks Family Foundation and Friends of The Legacy Trail is making this project possible.  

Phil Smith, State Licensed Landscape Architect, and Kate Johnston, Landscape Designer, from DWJA Landscape Architects have donated their time and expertise to create a site and construction plan. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff have also been working on the design. Darryl Lang, FLT Board Member, has worked tirelessly to get this project accomplished. More …

Friends of The Legacy Trail is a newly registered organization with the Amazon Smile Foundation! We are now eligible to receive 0.5% of your Amazon Smile purchases made here:
No additional cost to you! But donations from Amazon Smile will go directly to FLT! More info here …

You Can Donate Square Feet of the Extension and Know the GPS Location of Your Square Feet!

You will receive a personalized certificate with the GPS location of your feet. Click on the button below for more details and to donate.  (Donor List)
Your donations “demonstrate broad and persistent community support”  which is a criterion that makes the Legacy Trail competitive for SUN Trail  and other government and foundation funds to support the extension effort.  

Total To Date:   $72,553 from 616 Donations.

Here is the approximate location of the next available square foot.

Friends of The Legacy Trail