The Legacy Trail – Venice to Sarasota

North Port Connector Bridge

More Progress on the

More Progress on New North Port
Connector Bridge

FLT Members Clean Up Future
Legacy Trail Visitor Center

It's a Gator on
The Trail!

Build It and They Will Come

A Video About The Legacy Trail Extension
by Joel Calabrese

FLT Wins Florida Trails Promoter of the Year Award



The Legacy Trail wins TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.  Click on TripAdvisor logo to read latest reviews.

Save The Dates!

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Bike Ride
Sunday October 23, 2016

Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc.
$40 pre-registration by October 21 includes breakfast by First Watch, lunch by Earth Cafe, and desserts by Starbucks and Panera Bread,  Rest stops and SAG. Group discounts available.
First 250 pre-registrations receive free t-shirt, “got shade?” sunglasses and a goody bag.
Breakfast, check-in, and on-site registration ($45) at 7 am.  Group starts begin at 8 am.  More info and registration at

TdP 2017 logo 2017 Tour de Parks
The date for the 2017 Tour de Parks bike ride has been set for Sunday, March 26, 2017.  Once again, Friends of The Legacy Trail and the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club will be teaming up to put on this great event.



megan_donoghue-3Updates from The Trail

by Megan Donoghue,
County Parks Department

A New Way to Give Back –

With summer in full swing, it’s hard to imagine that before we know it, people will be back in flocks to come enjoy the beautiful Sunshine State.   The Friends of the Legacy Trail do a phenomenal job at increasing awareness and improving the user experience on the Trail.  Volunteer Ambassador Patrols keep the Trail safe and in shape by being that extra set of eyes. Volunteer Surrey Riders get more people out on the trail experiencing something that they may not have been able to otherwise. And each and every week, The Friends of the Legacy Trail volunteers can be found at an informational table spreading the word and awareness of this precious public resource.

But there are other ways you can give back! The next few months, I will be working on planning a few Volunteer Work Parties for Trail Stewards who want to get outside and get their hands dirty.  A typical project will last 3-4 hours and may include trail maintenance such as clearing vegetation, invasive species removal, placing mulch, cleaning signs, and keeping the Trail in tip-top shape!

How to get involved:

The two existing roles that will be a part of this type of work are:

  • PLEG: Trail Steward [Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources\Legacy Trail]
  • POSP: Grounds Steward [Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources\Osprey Junction Trailhead]

If you haven’t registered as a Sarasota County Volunteer, click here to get started!

If you are currently a registered volunteer, when you signed up you selected an “assignment.”  Majority of the current volunteers are assigned as “Ambassador Patrols.”  But you can be assigned to more than one role! Log into your volunteer profile, and click to sign up for an additional role. This will enable me to see who is interested in this type of volunteer work for outreach purposes, and provides you an avenue to log your hours so we know all of the incredible work you do on the Trail!

We hope to see you on the Trail!

Megan Donoghue is a Parks and Recreation Specialist with the County Parks Department and is a member of the FLT Board of Directors.

A Riddle – by Bruce Dillon

What is 20 miles long and destined to grow?
Has 240,000 arms and 240,000 legs on it every year?

Takes people to and from work, and to and from play?
Creates jobs?
Fills restaurant seats and hotel rooms?
Sells Houses and Condos?

Keeps you physically fit?
Raises property values?

Makes friends out of strangers?
Has a dedicated volunteer support group offering a variety of

Is supported by over 900 dues paying members?
Is open every day of the year with no admission fee!
And makes Sarasota County one of the best places ANYWHERE to live, work, visit, play and more!



Sarasota City Commissioners Vote Unanimously to Write
Letter of Support for Trail Extension


FLT members, commissioners, and many others braved the tropical storm conditions for Monday night’s Sarasota City Commissioners meeting.  One of the first items on the agenda was consideration of a proposal for the city to write a letter of support for The Legacy Trail extension project.  FLT members Andrea Seager and Bruce Dillon spoke before the Commissioners  in support of the project.  After a short discussion the Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of writing the letter. 

This show of support is important at this time because it comes just as the County is  applying for SUN Trail funding for The Trail extension.  As City Manager Tom Barwin stated, “This is a competition.”  Documented public support is an important selection criterion for this funding, and this letter will strengthen our proposal.


On June 20th the Sarasota City Commissioners also voted unanimously for a resolution expressing  “support for fast-track implementation of The Legacy Trail Extension.”  The full text of the resolution is given here.  We are very grateful to the Sarasota City Commissioners and City Manager Tom Barwin for this show of support for The Legacy Trail Extension to downtown Sarasota.



Florida-StateSeal On July 11, 2016 FLT became a Florida not-for-profit corporation.  Designation by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization is expected to occur within the next few months.  Friends of The Legacy Trail, Inc. was previously a chapter of Friends of Sarasota County Parks.
1357395743-green-800px TripAdvisor Gives The Legacy Trail Its Certificate of Excellence
Rates The Trail among the top ten “Things to Do” in Sarasota.  Read more …

Recent Articles

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Speakers Bureau

Max presentation-120pxFLT 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 estimated $25M money necessary to acquire and build the trail extension.

Contact us to schedule a free presentation to your group.


Friends of The Legacy Trail, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation.

Friends of The Legacy Trail