The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Ashton Trailhead Now Open

On November 30, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources celebrated the grand opening of the Ashton Trailhead along the new Legacy Trail North Extension. The Ashton Trailhead, at 4301 Ashton Road, includes a playground, an event field, a parking area, restroom facilities, and picnic shelters. Many thanks to Brett Koppes for the great drone video.

New Bridge Installation Videos

The videos below show the installation of the prefabricated bridges over Phillippi Creek and over a canal just west of Beneva Rd. According to Brett, the canal bridge was installed as a single span of 75 feet, whereas the 150-foot-span Phillippi Creek bridge was assembled mid-air from two 75-foot sections before being laid to rest. The crews worked past sunset to secure the bridge. Additional video showing the bridge in place was obtained the next morning. Thanks again to Brett Koppes for the drone video.

Installation of the Phillippi Creek Bridge in two sections.
Installation of single span over canal west of Beneva.

Segments 2 and 3 of the Trail Extension Are Now Open!!

With the opening of Segment 2, we now have a continuous 19.6-mile trail extending from Shamrock Park in the south to Bahia Vista Street in the north. The southern portion includes 3.9 miles of the mainland side of the Venetian Waterway Park. See map for the full picture.

The last segment of the extension, shown in green above, is now expected to open in early February. This section will extend the trail another 2.8 miles to Payne Park and Fruitville Road.

Conserve Bobby Jones Now

Want to show your support for the effort to conserve part of Bobby Jones as a park with trails and as a possible connection to The Legacy Trail? Get Your CBJN T-shirt: V-Neck-$11, Crew-$9 Order/Pay on venmo -> Nancy Milholland or send $$ ->by Dec. 14. Pick up ~12/31

Please TODAY email – name, phone #, size, type – to – Nancy Milholland (Save Bobby Jones Now)


Total To Date:   $101,435 from 788 Donations.

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