The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Trail Closure Alert

Week of 9/26/2022 to 9/30/2022 – Sidearm Mowing Canceled

Megan has made the call to cancel the sidearm mowing for the week as we watch the potential storm. Resources will need to be pulled in other areas if it does head this way. Stay tuned for updates. We will plan on starting up the following week. 

September 19-30: The Legacy Trail – TRAIL CLOSURE

Sarasota County staff will be conducting annual side arm mowing along the entire length of The Legacy Trail starting south at the Venice Train Depot and heading north. Due to the scope of work, the trail will be closed in the area where the side arm mower is working. There will be intermittent openings every 20 minutes that users can wait for or they can reroute. During the active work dates, we will post daily updates on the website at scgov.net keyword Legacy Trail. Please plan your ride or commute accordingly.


The Legacy Trail Connector to North Port

North Port Connector trail. Photo courtesy of Sharon Donovan.

The Legacy Trail North Port Connector officially opened on September 9, 2022. The entrance to the connector is at 1045 Calera Street at the end of West Price Boulevard in North Port (see map below). At that location, trail users will find a new bridge that leads into Deer Prairie Creek Preserve. From there, the tree-lined paved trail meanders to the north, toward Interstate 75, where it then heads west to Forbes Trail and the north entrance of Deer Prairie Creek Preserve (approximately 5.5 miles). Those who wish to bike to the Legacy Trail from there can follow South Moon Drive to Border Road, Edmondson Road, and Florence Street, which dead-ends at Nokomis Riverview Park and the entrance to the Legacy Trail (approximately 8.5 miles). Border Road and Edmondson Road contain mix of bike lanes, off-road multi-use recreation trails, and sidewalks. The completion of the North Port Connector marks the end of Sarasota County’s construction work on extending the Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota and creating the connector to North Port. One can now ride from North Port all the way to downtown Sarasota, making this lengthy route a dynamic contribution to the region’s overall trail system. Click here for more information.


One-Percent Sales Tax

Since 1989, Sarasota County has levied a one-percent sales tax which can be used only for local infrastructure improvements. Seventy-five percent is allocated to the County and its municipalities ( Longboat Key, North Port, Sarasota, Venice ). Twenty-five percent is allocated to Sarasota County schools. This sales tax has a sunset provision, meaning it will expire on December 31, 2024, unless it is renewed for 15 years. ( It was extended twice before. ) On the general election ballot being held November 8, 2022, Sarasota County voters will be asked whether this tax should be continued.

Sarasota County is earmarking nearly $80 million for its park and recreation system including monies for: a Nathan Benderson Park Connector Trail, a Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Program, and a Safe Routes to Schools and Legacy Trail Connectivity Program. The City of North Port is committing money for a Legacy Trail Extension Trailhead and Warm Mineral Springs improvements such as trails, bridges, and picnic shelters. The City of Sarasota will use the sales tax dollars for the Bobby Jones Nature Park and a potential “North Legacy Trail.” All these governmental bodies receiving revenue have plans to improve parks and/or streets and sidewalks. Read more …


The New Pompano Trailhead is Now Open

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies on July 8 officially opened the new Pompano Trailhead on The Legacy Trail. The new trailhead is located near the north end of the trail (see map) and provides much needed parking and other amenities for trail users starting from the north. It also includes 12 new lighted pickleball courts. Thank you business member Brett Koppes for this great video of the new park and trailhead.


Second Bridge Installed on North Port Connector Trail

This video shows the installation of the bridge that will connect the new North Port Legacy Trail Connector to a new parking area at the intersection of West Price Blvd. and South Calera Street. The bridge will provide access to the southern end of the paved trail (map). Thanks again to FLT business member Brett Koppes (The Sarasota Drone Guy) for these amazing videos of the construction.


Need to Contact the Sheriff’s Office?

The Sheriff’s department recommends use of the following numbers:

  • For general information and inquires, dial: (941) 861-5800
  • To speak with a deputy and make a report over the phone between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm, dial: (941) 861-4260
  • To report a non-emergency, dial: (941) 316-1201
  • To report an emergency, dial: 9-1-1.

Friends of The Legacy Trail T-Shirts
Now available for online purchase.
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New Sponsorship Program for Trail Amenities

Want to support the trail and be recognized with your name, or your business name, on one of the trail amenities. Sarasota County, in cooperation with Friends of The Legacy Trail, has just launched a new program that allows you to sponsor many types of trail amenities, including stop stations, shelters, benches, playgrounds, and more.  Check out this brochure for more details and sponsorship rates.


Trail Alerts

January 3 to Summer 2022 – Culverhouse Nature Park: Culverhouse Nature Park will be under construction for park improvements and have very limited parking. Please utilize a different trailhead for parking during this time. See map for alternative parking locations.

Feb. 14 to Fall 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:   $117,995 from 861 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