The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida


Total To Date:   $41,838 from 370 Donations.

Get your square feet here!

Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Donoghue
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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!

Start of 2017 Tour de Parks

Sunset From Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Darryl Lang
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Laurel Group Celebrates Acquisition of the New Trail Corridor

Coastal Cruisers group brave a cold Sunday morning.

Helmet Fitting in Venice
Send us your pictures with the new sign at the north end of the trail  to add to our gallery!  Send to:  Click here for gallery.

It’s Official!  Legacy Trail Extension Referendum Now on Ballot of Fall General Election

Carolyn Brown, head of Sarasota County’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources, addresses the County Commissioners about The Legacy Trail Extension. The Commissioners unanimously approved including a referendum on the trail extension funding in the November general election.

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


The county is now the proud owner of another 2.7 miles of rail corridor as part of the Phase 1 extension of The Legacy Trail!!    Yay!!!  Click here for press release.   See map.

More info …

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:   $41,838 from 370 Donations.

Laurel Road Pedestrian Overpass Detour
UPDATE:  March21

The Laurel Rd. detour has now changed. 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!

Trail News

by Roger Normand

As 2017 came to a close, two words sum the view of most people when asked about efforts to extend the Legacy Trail:
GRATITUDE for the County buying a nearly 3 mile segment of abandoned rail corridor from CSX Transportation, Inc. in December; and OPTIMISM for a planned County-wide voter referendum in November 2018 to buy  the remaining rail corridor to downtown Sarasota, build a complete, paved trail with two overpasses and amenities, and help better connect North Port to the Legacy Trail. That gratitude was compounded with elation following news that FDOT had included $7.5M  in a future budget to support the extension.  More …


Ride the Surrey

Reservations for the 2018 season now being taken.

Click Here for Information.


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!

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