The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

The Referendum Passes!!

Thank You to the voters of Sarasota County for allowing the extension of The Legacy Trail to proceed.


Total To Date:   $58,947 from 543 Donations.

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


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

But the phone said no rain.
Thank goodness for the shelters!

County Parks Dept. coordinated an effort between FLT,
City of Venice, and VABI to donate and install new Emergency Location
Markers on The Legacy Trail and Venetian Waterway Park.

Build It and They Will Come

A Video About The Legacy Trail Extension
by Joel Calabrese

FLT Board Members Celebrate Purchase of Next Trail Segment
With New Sign at North End of Trail

Making adjustments near the Venice Train Depot!

Laurel Road Bridge Nearing Completion
Photo: Darryl Lang

New Gator Family Near Osprey Junction Trailhead

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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The temporary traffic light at Laurel Road has been removed and the detour to the west of the trail has been closed.  Until the new bridge opens, all trail traffic (northbound and southbound) should now use the crossing at the Mission Valley light located to the east of the trail.  A delay in obtaining parts for the chain-link roll cage has slightly delayed the bridge opening.

Updates from the Trail

by Megan Eidel

Everyone is asking about the two construction projects along the trail. I think we are in the home stretch!  The Laurel Pedestrian Overpass should be open to users by the end of November.  The Bay Street Extension is also scheduled to wrap up sometime in November.  Read more …

New Sidewalk Coming to Bay Street

by Todd Logan

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 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 …

The TriMonsters Youth Triathlon team recently stopped at our Info Table on The Trail.  Kids were awesome.

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:   $58,947 from 543 Donations.

Speakers Bureau

FLT volunteers 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 money necessary to acquire and build the trail extension.

Contact us to schedule a free presentation to your group.

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