Friends of The Legacy Trail

New Schedule for Closing Sections of The Legacy Trail

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This Trail advisory notice has now been superseded

[Updated 23 May, 2015]  Sarasota County has provided a new schedule for the temporary closure of portions of The Legacy Trail.

The full trail will remain open through Sunday, May 31st.  The following sections of the trail will be closed to all users from 7 am to 2 pm:

  • June 1 from Bay Street (Osprey Junction Trailhead) to Oscar Scherer Park
  • June 2 – 5 from Oscar Scherer Park to Laurel Road
  • June 8 – 12 from Laurel Road to the Venice Train Depot

The closure point at Oscar Scherer Park will be at the main entrance from the trail to the park (by the water fountain and the trestle).  Further updates from the County will be posted here as the work progresses.

Sarasota County is closing portions of The Legacy Trail for maintenance operations, primarily mowing to eliminate invasive species and clear encroaching vegetation along the sides of the trail.  All other sections of the trail will remain open.  The entire trail is open after 2 pm, and on weekends.

FLT Forum

Got a question or comment about the Legacy Trail, particularly about a topic that other trail users may benefit?  Check out the new FLT Forum.  This venue allows for public listing of trail issues and responses by the FLT team.  Any postings not meeting the usual standards of decorum will be deleted.  Users can review Forum topics, but are required to register before posting to the Forum.  We hope this new tool will stimulate a healthy two-way dialog about The Legacy Trail topics.

Legislative Alert: Support Amendment 1 implementation as intended

Per many media reports, Florida legislators now crafting next year’s budget are proposing to substitute Amendment 1 funds for conservation and park operating funds, contrary to the intent of last year’s Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. That would preclude the potential use of Amendment 1 funds to support extending the Legacy Trail.   We urge you to contact your legislator.  Click here for more information.

speaker2Welcome to Friends of The Legacy Trail.  We are a Chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Our mission is to support, promote, enhance and protect The Legacy Trail, a multi-use, non-motorized paved path located in Sarasota County, FL.

In addition to the above, our main thrust is to promote building an 8 mile extension  from its current terminus near Clark road into Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.  This effort involves:

  • Fund raising to pay for the feasibility studies, and
  • Events, information tables, and community speakers to increase public awareness of the benefits that the trail extension would provide to our community.