Another $10K Closer to Bringing The Legacy Trail to Downtown Sarasota!

The first annual FLT 5K Fun Run/Walk and other corporate donations have raised a most impressive $10,000 towards the Extend the Legacy Trail Campaign. This effort aims to help pay for an ongoing feasibility study to bring this multi-use urban trail from its current northern terminus at Culverhouse Park to downtown Sarasota!

An unseasonably chilly Sarasota morning greeted participants on November first 2014 for the inaugural FLT 5K Fun Run/Walk. Braced with hot coffee and with car headlights illuminating the night, volunteers gathered in the wee hours to set up tables for the start and finish line at Culverhouse Park. Despite the cool start, the morning sun quickly warmed the air and brought a lovely fall morning, signaling the end of another hot Sarasota summer. Participants got some exercise and met new friends. Runners and walkers agreed it lived up to its billing – its was a FUN event for a great cause. All received an Extend the Legacy Trail T-shirt and a light, nutritious breakfast upon their return, complements of Doctor’s Hospital. Thank you to Doctors Hospital and our other event sponsors: The Silverstein Institute, Coppola Realty, Heritage Family Chiropractic, and The Bucket Fillers. We hope you can join us for next year’s event if you couldn’t make it this time.
With a growing number of trail users now exceeding 120,000 per year, it’s not surprising that proximity to The Legacy Trail is often included as an amenity in new and existing home sales listings for neighborhoods that abut or are close by. Real estate developers and realtors see real economic value in the presence of this multi-use trail.

Justin Powell, VP Palmer Ranch Holdings Ltd presents a check to Margaret Brading of FLT

We are deeply grateful to the generous donations provided by real estate developers Taylor Morrison Homes, Pulte Homes, Inc., and Palmer Ranch Holdings, Ltd. to support the Extend Campaign. Regrettably, Steve Kempton, Division President for Taylor Morrison was unavailable for a photo recognizing their donation.

Michael Woolery, Land Div Mgr for Pulte Homes Inc presents a check to Margaret Brading of FLT
Michael Woolery, Land Div Mgr for Pulte Homes Inc presents a check to Margaret Brading of FLT
A special note of gratitude goes to longtime FLT volunteer Margaret Brading who conceived, planned, and with the help of a few dozen other FLT volunteers managed the 5K Fun Run/Walk event. She also sought these corporate donations. All Legacy Trail users benefit from the tireless efforts of our FLT volunteers who graciously give their time and effort to help stage Legacy Trail fund raising events like this one.

The 5K Fun Run/Walk and these corporate donations have, together, brought us $10,000 closer to our fundraising goal to support the Extend the Legacy Trail Campaign.

Click HERE for the current funding status. See the Trail Extension tab on the left for the latest news on the ongoing feasibility study to extend The Legacy Trail.