The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Eidel
(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

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

Your Donations at Work: Beautiful new Legacy Trail signs that are now up at Bay Street.

Photo: Darryl Lang

Florida softshell turtle on the Trail near Culverhouse Park
Photo: Darryl Lang

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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SQUARE FOOT CAMPAIGN UPDATE:

Total To Date:   $72,093 from 607 Donations.

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


News


Save the Date – Join Us to Celebrate the Purchase of the Trail Extension Corridor

Thanks to Sarasota County Commission Chair Charles Hines, Director of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Nicole Rissler, and Friends of the Legacy Trail President Louis Kosiba for bringing us up to date on the Legacy Trail extension! Check out the video:


Trail Alerts:

Trail Closure and Sidearm Mowing Update

There are no closures on The Legacy Trail at this time. The arm mower has reached Central Sarasota Parkway and cannot continue north until pre-trimming of branches are completed in that section . There is no set date to resume north-bound arm mowing operations at this time. When mowing resumes, the closure dates will be posted here and on our social media sites.

Update: Sarasota County will be trimming trees along The Legacy Trail from Central Sarasota Parkway to Culverhouse Nature Park Wednesday 6/26 and Thursday 6/27. The trail will remain open. Please go slow and use caution.


Venetian Waterway Park: Starting Monday 6/17/19 

Beginning Monday, 6/17/19, West Coast Inland Navigational District (WCIND) has contracted with Earth Balance to remove invasive species along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway. They will be working along both east and west sides of the Venetian Waterway Park, starting on the east side. No trail closures are anticipated, but go slow and use caution. The project will last approximately two weeks.

For question, contact Jeff Devine with WCIND at 941-485-9402.


YOUR DONATIONS AT WORK. THANK YOU!
New Striping at Bay Street and Central Sarasota Parkway

And thanks to FLT Board Member, Darryl Lang, for persevering to have this new striping painted at Bay Street. Bright yellow (replaces white) really shows up–>alerting Trail users to STOP before crossing. Striping at Central Sarasota Parkway intersection is also being redone. Thanks for donating to Friends of The Legacy Trail! Thanks to Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources for your help getting this done!


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.


Trail Extension News

by Roger Normand

We are on the cusp of realizing a remarkable milestone to extend the Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota.  Suddenly, unbelievably, our vision for a paved, multiuse path along the abandoned, unsightly rail corridor that stretches from Culverhouse Nature Park to Payne Park and Fruitville will, by the end of June, become County property.  That’s a critical precursor to proceeding with the design and engineering of the trail extension.  Our six year quest, capped by the astounding support of 71 percent of County voters during the November 2018 referendum to extend the Legacy Trail IS REALLY HAPPENING!

Much has been going on behind the scenes to proceed with the purchase. Read more here …     


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 …


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: http://smile.amazon.com
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:   $72,093 from 607 Donations.

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

Friends of The Legacy Trail