Friends of The Legacy Trail

Welcome to the 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.  Our main thrust is to promote building an 8 mile extension from its current terminus near Clark road into Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.

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Receive Automatic Email Notification of Trail Closings and Other Alerts

We have a topic on our Forum called “Trail Alerts.”  If you go to that topic and click the “Notify” button you will be emailed every time there is a new post to this topic.  Note that you must be a registered user of the forum to receive these emails.  Click here to visit the Forum.


The Tree Trimming work and replacement of the decking on the Hatchett Creek Bridge  are complete!

A big thanks to the county for keeping the trail in great shape, and thanks to Ed Wolfenbarger for keeping us updated on the trail maintenance schedule.


Bike Florida’s next Annual Spring Tour is set for April 9-15, 2016.

surf_and_turf300pxThe Surf-n-Turf Tour will be our first in southwest Florida.  Our week starts inland, exploring the rural roads and rich history of Arcadia, FL in Desoto County.  We will then ride to the towns of Sarasota and Venice, where you can take in Florida’s famed Gulf Coast with its turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and cool sea breezes.  We are so excited to share this wonderful adventure with you!  All the details about exact venue locations, routes, itineraries, and registration, will be announced in the next few months.  You can keep up-to-date with the latest news on Bike Florida tours through our website, facebook page, and twitter.


Laurel Road Overpass Preliminary Design Concept

laurel_bridge2-100hFor the latest thinking on this project, click here to view slides from a presentation by FDOT to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).  The Metropolitan Planning Organization is the regional group that prioritizes state and federally funded transportation projects.


It’s easy to contact an elected representative on The Legacy Trail

We’ve made it easy to contact – by phone, email, or US Mail – your elected representatives regarding The Legacy Trail.  We’ve compiled a list of all elected officials from the U.S Congress, Florida Legislature, Sarasota County, and City of Sarasota.


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.