The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Eidel
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But the phone said no rain.
Thank goodness for the shelters!

Many Thanks to The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
for Helping Us Purchase the New Fountain at Osprey Junction Trailhead

Red Rider Returns to Osprey Junction Trailhead
- Sponsored by Coastal Cruisers -

Making adjustments near the Venice Train Depot!

Legacy Trail Dona Bay Bridge
Photo Credit: Craigi @craigsfire

Florida Sunset from New Laurel Road Bridge
Photo: Credit: James @jsarasota

They're Off! Start of the 2019 Tour de Parks
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New Gator Family Near Osprey Junction Trailhead

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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Total To Date:   $66,473 from 601 Donations.

Help Fund the Trail Extension.  Click Here to
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Good News! The Legacy Trail Extension Project Has Been Expedited.

Thanks to very diligent work by the county commissioners, county staff, and FDOT, the projected schedule for the northern extension has been considerably expedited. It is now estimated that the ground level trail (excluding highway overpasses) will be completed in 2022! (The previous estimate for completion, including overpasses, was December 2024) . Read More …

Imagine the year 2045 – what will Sarasota and Manatee roads look like? How will we get around? What transportation choices will be available for the next generation?

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan will address future road, transit, passenger rail, freight, bicycle and pedestrian needs for the region. The results of this survey will help them understand the public’s transportation concerns, needs, and desires. It will also help them understand attitudes toward potential solutions, and how those solutions should be prioritized.

People Who Walk & Bicycle: Tell Them What You Think! Help Sarasota/Manatee MPO understand your transport concerns, needs, desires & how solutions should be prioritized. The survey should only take 5 – 10 minutes of your time to complete.

2019 Tour de Parks Shatters Previous Record Participation

This year, 950 riders signed up for the event, shattering last’s year’s record of 750!  It all went very smoothly, thanks to detailed planning efforts and dedicated volunteers before, during, and cleanup after the ride.

And as the sun peaked over the horizon, bringing the light and warmth of day, the first wave of 62 milers on the 2019 Tour de Parks launched north on the Legacy Trail.  The 35 and 21 milers followed later in the morn. Read more …

NEW! South Creek Stop Station on The Legacy Trail

“The South Creek Stop Station and Learning Area” is being created at South Creek adjacent to Oscar Scherer State Park. Funding from the Jelks Family Foundation and Friends of The Legacy Trail is making this project possible.  

Phil Smith, State Licensed Landscape Architect, and Kate Johnston, Landscape Designer, from DWJA Landscape Architects have donated their time and expertise to create a site and construction plan. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff have also been working on the design. Darryl Lang, FLT Board Member, has worked tirelessly to get this project accomplished. More …

Trail Extension News

by Roger Normand

Big Yay! Funding for the extension has been secured, thanks to the overwhelming voter support for a $65 million bond referendum on the November 6, 2018, countywide general election. Now it’s on to those “pesky” implementation details! There are several key contractual dates (and some wiggle room) for the purchase of the rail corridor that were triggered by passage of the referendum.

  • April 30, 2019 – The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and Sarasota County must complete due diligence review,
  • May 30, 2019 – TPL and the county must close on the $30.1 million purchase for the property, and
  • November 29, 2019 – Seminole Gulf Railway must complete removal of the rail, switches, and signal equipment.

Read more here …

Friends of The Legacy Trail is a newly registered organization with the Amazon Smile Foundation! We are now eligible to receive 0.5% of your Amazon Smile purchases made here:
No additional cost to you! But donations from Amazon Smile will go directly to FLT! More info here …

You Can Donate Square Feet of the Extension and Know the GPS Location of Your Square Feet!

You will receive a personalized certificate with the GPS location of your feet. Click on the button below for more details and to donate.  (Donor List)
Your donations “demonstrate broad and persistent community support”  which is a criterion that makes the Legacy Trail competitive for SUN Trail  and other government and foundation funds to support the extension effort.  

Total To Date:   $66,473 from 601 Donations.

Here is the approximate location of the next available square foot.

Friends of The Legacy Trail