The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida


Total To Date:   $48,638 from 446 Donations.

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


Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Donoghue
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Build It and They Will Come

A Video About The Legacy Trail Extension
by Joel Calabrese

FLT Board Members Celebrate Purchase of Next Trail Segment
With New Sign at North End of Trail

Making adjustments near the Venice Train Depot!

The "Friday Riders" , hailing from Michigan and Massachusetts,
take a break on The Trail.

Removing the rail crossing at Laurel Rd for bridge construction.

Laurel Group Celebrates Acquisition of the New Trail Corridor

Sunrise at Sharky's Ride the Beaches

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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Send us your pictures with the new sign at the north end of the trail  to add to our gallery!  Send to:  Click here for gallery.

Trail Closings

It’s that time of year again when the county does the sidearm mowing and tree trimming on the trail. Starting Monday, May 21, sections of The Legacy Trail will be closed for maintenance. Beginning at Culverhouse Nature Park heading south, 1 to 3 mile sections will be closed for periods of 1 to 5 days, Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Open on weekends. Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Thanks
Megan Eidel
Trails Coordinator
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources

The Fate of the Extension
Rests with County Taxpayers

by Roger Normand

Without opposition, and amid a large contingent of yellow shirted Friends of Legacy Trail supporters, the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners (BCC) voted unanimously March 14th on a resolution to include a bond referendum on the regular November 6 ballot to extend the Legacy Trail.

If approved by county voters, the referendum would allow the county to borrow up to $65 million to buy another 6.5 miles of unused rail corridor (including spur) to extend the trail to Payne Park and Fruitville Road in the city of Sarasota. The referendum includes funds to allow the county to build the trail – including the portion to Ashton Road purchased by the County in December; trail overpasses at heavily trafficked intersections at Clark and Bee Ridge roads; parking, restrooms and water fountains; and provide funds to better connect the city of North Port to The Legacy Trail.  Read more …

Click here for video of Carolyn Brown’s presentation to the county commissioners on the funding referendum.
Click here for Herald-Tribune article.

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:   $48,638 from 446 Donations.

Laurel Road Pedestrian Overpass Detour
UPDATE:  March21

The Laurel Rd. detour has now changed. See map below.
Heading northbound on The Legacy Trail, you will hang a left at the Laurel Park access, follow the asphalt trail to Collins Rd. where you will take a right. Then take a right at Forest Rd., a right at Laurel Rd. and use the temporary crosswalk signal to cross Laurel.  You’ll get on the new paved pedestrian path to the west of the trail on the north end to continue onto The Legacy Trail. Same route heading southbound.
If you’re northbound, and wanting to head East on Laurel, you will pass the Laurel Park turn, head straight to the temporary asphalt trail and take a right. As always, be safe and use caution!




Speakers Bureau

FLT volunteers give many presentations throughout the year to schools, homeowner associations, churches, businesses, clubs and others who would like to know more about The Legacy Trail.  Our lively presentation typically covers trail amenities, history, and the latest news on  efforts to extend the trail to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.  The presentation can also be tailored to the unique interest and time available.  We arrive “fully equipped” at your location with laptop and projector, or we can load our presentation on your A/V equipment.

We are enthusiastic supporters of The Legacy Trail, and want to share our passion for this multi-use, non-motorized trail.  Help us build the broad community support for the next critical decision point – finding and committing the money necessary to acquire and build the trail extension.

Contact us to schedule a free presentation to your group.

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