The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Note: This weekend’s FLT on-trail Info Table will be located at Ashton Trailhead from 9 am to noon.

New Legacy Trail Brochure from Sarasota County Available Soon

Check Out the New Legacy Trail Brochure – It’s Off to the Printer. Look for them at Local Businesses Soon!

To view the new brochure, click here to go to the county’s website and find it in the upper right corner.

SUN Trail Alignment Surveys

You are invited to help plan for a safe, comfortable, and more connected regional bicycle/pedestrian trail system!

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is working on two trail studies: the Manatee Trail Alignment Study and the Sarasota Trail Alignment Study. These planning studies focus on developing a network of biking and walking trails that will connect to schools, parks, transit stops, essential services, local attractions, and other key destinations.

Please help us by expressing your opinion on these surveys. Click here for more information and to take the surveys.  Thank you!


Bridge Over Deer Prairie Creek in North Port
Now Installed (But Not Open Yet)

The steel truss bridge span over Deer Prairie Creek was installed on 11/3/22. Thanks to Brett Koppes for letting us know and for sending the above photos and amazing drone video of the installation. See map above for the location of the bridge. When completed, the bridge will allow access to the North Port Legacy Trail connector via the natural surface trail, now designated the Alphabet Trail (Sure beats walking over the weir!). Parking will be available at the Deer Prairie Creek Preserve South parking area, which can be accessed from Tamiami Trail.

According to Brett, the bridge will need additional concrete work and the parking area is still closed for the construction. Stay tuned for updates!


Legacy Trail Cleanup

Thanks to The Amazing Parks Staff for working hard to get the trail back into shape!

Sarasota County Parks has indicated that The Legacy Trail and the eastern (mainland) section of the Venetian Waterway Park are now open. Note that there is still work being done at the intersections, as some of them are not fully functioning.

The North Port Connector is now open!

The Venetian Waterway Park West (island side) had a large washout of a section of the trail near the airport (See below). The segment of this trail south of the Circus Bridge is now closed. The Army Corps of Engineers is set to begin reconstruction of the bank later this month. but this section will probably not open until the new year.

Washout on VWP-West south of Circus Bridge. Photo by Mike Soltis

UPDATE:

Thanks to Eugene Somogyi for this photo update! According to Megan from Sarasota County “The Army Corp of Engineers is nearly done with the washout repair work on the west side of the Venetian Waterway Park. Sod will soon be installed to stabilize the bank, and then work will continue to restore the concrete trail. The date for completion of this project is still to be determined.”


NOW HIRING!

Sarasota County and The Legacy Trail team is hiring a
Trades Worker position!

Here’s your opportunity to work on The Legacy Trail and make a difference in your community! This position works as part of the Natural Areas and Trails team, and helps make The Legacy Trail and other Sarasota County trails and trailheads safe, clean and fun. Click here to apply today!

Trail Alerts

Feb. 14 to Dec. 2022 Osprey Junction Trailhead – CLOSED: Osprey Junction Trailhead will be under construction for park improvements and will be closed during construction. Please utilize a different trailhead for parking during this time. See map for alternative parking locations.

SQUARE FOOT CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

Total To Date:   $119,715 from 867 Donations.

Help Us Fund Amenities on the Trail and its connectors.  Donate square feet of The Trail and know the GPS location of your square feet!
Click Here to Get Your Part of The Trail!
Current Donor List

Here are the locations of the next available square feet:
In Sarasota        In Palmer Ranch


Friends of The Legacy Trail