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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Legacy Trail Run
Sunday, 28 February 2016

  • Run-2016-200pxChip-timed 5K/12K run
  • One mile fun run/walk
  • Kid’s races

Runs start at 8 am – Potter Park in Palmer Ranch.

5K will go from Potter Park to The Legacy Trail and back.

12K will go from Potter Park to The Legacy Trail, on the Trail to Osprey Junction Trailhead, and back.

One mile fun run/walk will be on the Potter Park Trail.

Kid’s races will be in Potter Park

Click here for information on event custom shirts available from BespokeKit.

Friends of The Legacy Trail is partnering with Sarasota YMCA Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch on this event.

Proceeds will be used for the Visitor Center Project at Osprey Junction Trailhead Park.

Early registration is now available on Active.com.

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Tour de Parks
Sunday March 20, 2016

tourdeparks posterThe Tour de Parks 2016 bicycle ride will be held on Sunday March 20, 2016.  Options include 20, 35, and 62 mile routes.  Your entry includes breakfast, lunch, rest-stops, SAG support, and a Tee shirt for the first 500 participants.  We are excited to be sponsoring this year’s ride with the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club, along with past sponsors Friends of Sarasota County Parks and Sarasota County Recreation and Natural Resources.  Click the Tour de Parks poster for more details.  

You may register for the Tour de Parks with one of the following three methods:

See also:   Ride Brochure     Map of Routes     Questions & Answers
Sponsorship Opportunities     Public Service Announcement     PSA – Additional Background


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 About 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.


Speakers Bureau

FLT voluspeaker2nteers 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 estimated $25M money necessary to acquire and build the trail extension.

Contact us to schedule a free presentation to your group.