The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida



Total To Date:   $56,067 from 522 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!

Placing the beams on the new Laurel Road Bridge
Photo: James Sweiderk

Laurel Group Celebrates Acquisition of the New Trail Corridor

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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Trail Alert: 

Venetian Waterway Park Concrete Repair
Starting 8/29 contractors will be repairing concrete on both the east and west side of the Venetian Waterway Park. Go slow and use caution, and you may have to go around the work areas.
For more information, contact Megan Eidel at 941-861-5126

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards Grant for The Legacy Trail

The Trust For Public Land has received a $30,000 grant for The Legacy Trail from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to increase public awareness of benefits of the Legacy Trail and its proposed extension. Money from the grant will be used to describe economic, recreational, safety, & health benefits to public.

The Jelks Family Foundation Donates $22K to FLT for
New Stop Station and Learning Area

The Jelks Family Foundation has donated $22K to sponsor a beautiful new landscaped stop station and learning area to be located in the grassy area just north of the train trestle adjacent to Oscar Scherer State Park.  FLT will also contribute funds for this project.  From Howard Jelks, Director of the Foundation, “Our family is very honored to participate in creating a place where folks using The Legacy Trail can learn about the railroads and native plant communities around them.  Dr. Allen Jelks, Sr. is very active in railroading circles — both in remembering the past and promoting rail travel in the future.  The late Dr. Mary Jelks was an energetic environmental activist who inspired others with her love and passion for natural plant communities”.   We look forward to adding another great amenity to the trail.

The Fate of the Extension
Rests with County Taxpayers

by Roger Normand

Without opposition, and amid a large contingent of yellow shirted Friends of Legacy Trail supporters, the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners (BCC) voted unanimously March 14th on a resolution to include a bond referendum on the regular November 6 ballot to extend the Legacy Trail.

If approved by county voters, the referendum would allow the county to borrow up to $65 million to buy another 6.5 miles of unused rail corridor (including spur) to extend the trail to Payne Park and Fruitville Road in the city of Sarasota. The referendum includes funds to allow the county to build the trail – including the portion to Ashton Road purchased by the County in December; trail overpasses at heavily trafficked intersections at Clark and Bee Ridge roads; parking, restrooms and water fountains; and provide funds to better connect the city of North Port to The Legacy Trail.  Read more …

Click here for video of Carolyn Brown’s presentation to the county commissioners on the funding referendum.
Click here for Herald-Tribune article.

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:   $56,067 from 522 Donations.

Laurel Road Pedestrian Overpass Detour

See map below:
Heading northbound on The Legacy Trail, you will hang a left at the Laurel Park access, follow the asphalt trail to Collins Rd. where you will take a right. Then take a right at Forest Rd., a right at Laurel Rd. and use the temporary crosswalk signal to cross Laurel.  You’ll get on the new paved pedestrian path to the west of the trail on the north end to continue onto The Legacy Trail. Same route heading southbound.
If you’re northbound, and wanting to head East on Laurel, you will pass the Laurel Park turn, head straight to the temporary asphalt trail and take a right. As always, be safe and use caution!


The 9th Annual Tour de North Port
Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc.
October 28, 2018

Registration is now open for this fun, organized, on-road scenic bicycle ride that features routes of 15, 35, or 65 miles that highlights North Port’s most natural settings and the parks that border the Myakkahatchee Creek with each route having its own color-coded road markings.  Click Here for more information and registration.

Click here for more info and to register.


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.

Check Out Our New 10-Year Anniversary Shirt

Available in two styles.  Click Here for more information and to order!

Friends of The Legacy Trail, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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