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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Initial Summer Bike Challenge Winners Announced

Emily Ek was the winner of the bicycle for the June Challenge
Emily Ek was the winner of the bicycle for the June Challenge

Emily Ek won the July drawing for a bicycle prize as part of the Laurel Nokomis School – Summer Bike Ride Challenge sponsored by Friends of The Legacy Trail. The bicycle was donated by Sports Authority, 8372 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Olivia Vidolin and Jack Vidolin, two of the Backpack winners.
Olivia Vidolin and Jack Vidolin, two of the Backpack winners.

Olivia Vidolin and Jack Vidolin, two of the Backpack winners.
Olivia Vidolin and Jack Vidolin, two of the Backpack winners.
Olivia and Jack Vidolin won Legacy Trail backpacks along with other students. The Summer Bike Ride Challenge is a pilot program with the Laurel Nokomis School to promote bike safety and family bike riding on The Legacy Trail. The school has kindergarten through 8th grade students and the school PTO received $500 for participating in the program. Students that signed up received a free bike helmet, a Legacy Trail tee shirt, and drawstring backpack for signing a safety pledge. Drawings for prizes are done at the end of June and July and include a bike, Legacy Trail backpacks and Legacy Trail canvas bags. Students record their bike riding distance each month on the FLT website. Congratulations to all the young students who participated. Stay tuned for next month’s winners.

Legacy Trail Run planned for Sunday, 28 February 2016

The Friends of the Legacy Trail is partnering with the Sarasota YMCA for a running event on portions of The Legacy Trail to be held on Sunday, 28 February 2016.   The event will start and finish at the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch of the YMCA located next to Potter Park in Sarasota.  This is less than a mile from where The Legacy Trail bisects Sarasota Central Parkway.  Distances and other details are still in the works.  Please check back here for more information and how to register.  The Legacy Trail is a multi-use trail.  We are very excited about sponsoring our first running event on the trail with our friends at the YMCA.

 

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 maintenance schedule during this work.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.