The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

2019 Tour de Parks – Sunday March 24

Click here for Information and Registration.

Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Donoghue
(click to enlarge)

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

New Gator Family Near Osprey Junction Trailhead

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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Total To Date:   $64,137 from 586 Donations.

Help Fund the Trail Extension.  Click Here to
Get Your Square Feet!


Bruce Dillon Awarded “Volunteer of the Year”

FLT’s Past President, Bruce Dillon was awarded the “Community Crime Prevention Volunteer of the Year” at Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Annual Volunteer Lunch. Bruce has worked with the Sheriff’s Department
for many years on various community projects to reduce crime and promote safety. He was also instrumental in making The Legacy Trail and Extension a reality! THANK YOU, BRUCE!

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 …

2019 Tour de Parks

Registration for the 2019 Tour de Parks is now open. The ride will be held on Sunday March 24. Click here for more info and registration.

Laurel Road Overpass Now Open

Karen Kennedy celebrates the opening.  Photo by Steve Mysliwiec.

The Laurel Pedestrian Overpass is now open for use — no detour, no lights, no need to push the button.  Maybe a little more exercise.

Bay Street and Osprey Junction Trailhead Parking Now Open

Bay St. AND the parking lot at OJ Trailhead — where Bay Street crosses the Trail — are now OPEN!  Megan, SC Trails Coordinator, asks that cyclists please remember to stop and push the button before crossing.

Thanks to Steve Snyder for map.

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 …

New Sidewalk Now Open on Bay Street

Bay street, looking west from the trail.

The popular Osprey Junction Trailhead will soon reopen with the completion of the Bay Street extension to Honore Ave. Palmer Ranch residents will have a new way to reach the trail, complete with bike lanes and a multi-use pathway. One downside, however, is the lack of bike and pedestrian infrastructure on existing Bay Street between the Legacy Trail and U.S. 41. This sleepy narrow street is about to get busy! A group of Osprey residents, alarmed by impending safety issues from increased Bay Street traffic, decided to do something about it.   More …

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:   $64,137 from 586 Donations.

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

Friends of The Legacy Trail