Category Archives: Past Events

2019 Tour de Parks shatters previous record participation

by Roger Normand

They gathered in the predawn Florida cold (60 degrees Fahrenheit) darkness at the Historic Venice Train Depot.   Vehicles guided by volunteers to designated parking areas.   Bicycles dismounted from their carrier.  Final ABC safety check: “A” for Air in tires, OK; “B” for Brakes, OK. “C” for Cranks and Chains, OK.  A quick healthy bit of fuel consisting of yogurt, muffins, fruit, OJ and coffee graciously provided by sponsor First Watch restaurant.  A final potty call.

Event Director Bud Gaunce called out “Ride safely, ride courteously, and enjoy the ride.”

And as the sun peaked over the horizon, bringing the light and warmth of day, the first wave of 62 milers on the 2019 Tour de Parks launched north on the Legacy Trail.  The 35 and 21 milers followed later in the morn.

950 riders signed up for the event, shattering last’s year’s record of 750!  It all went very smoothly, thanks to detailed planning efforts and dedicated volunteers before, during, and cleanup after the ride.

True to its name, riders traversed parks along the Legacy Trail, venturing to Urfer, Rothenbach Parks.  Rowers could be seen honing their skills as riders circled Benderson Park, site of international rowing competitions. Ocean vistas and dream homes line the newly paved route along Casey Key.

The Tour de Parks is a key fund raising event by both the Friends of the Legacy Trail and the Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club.  About 100 volunteers help support the ride, along with area bicycle shops providing SAG support for mechanical issues.  This year’s ride, like most previous year’s, was graced with light winds, low humidity, mostly blue sky, near perfect low 80s temperature.  Perfect for hesitant riders trying their first cycling event, to seasoned cyclist using this as a first of the season’s long distance rides.  A hearty lunch provided by Mattison’s greeted those at the finish line.

Thanks to all who participated.  And a special thanks to all the FLT and SMBC volunteers who make this event possible.  See more FLT and SMBC volunteer opportunities.

Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead to hold community garage sale on April 6

Sponsored by Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead (FOJT), a community garage sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park. All proceeds will go toward the Visitor Center Project, a partnership with the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. It is designed to improve the structure in the park for public use

Donations sought for event, with proceeds going toward Visitor Center Project. The FJOT is accepting donated items for the sale. Items may be dropped off on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the house in the park.

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FLT Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Please join us for our monthly membership meeting. The meeting will be held in the Edson Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The social time begins at 6:00 and there will be appetizers, desserts and drinks (coffee, sparkling and still water). The meeting begins at 6:30.

This month’s meeting will feature recognition of our many volunteers who have helped promote The Legacy Trail.

Ribbon Cutting for Laurel Road Bridge

Bridge photo credit: Craigi @craigsfire

Ribbon Cutting for the Laurel Overpass will be Wednesday January 9 at 3 PM. FLT will have an info table there offering Shirts, Memberships & Square Feet. SRQ County Requests: Please BIKE or WALK to the overpass. There will be NO parking available at Laurel Park. Please be respectful of local businesses — do not park in their lots. Thank You!

The bridge will be temporarily closed for about one hour during the event.

Tour de North Port 2018

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

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.

Be The One

by Michelle Stanley

Friends of the Legacy Trail (FLT) will be participating in the 2018 Giving Challenge presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation. This year the event will run from noon May 1, 2018, through 11:59 a.m. May 2.

Each and every person can “Be The One” to make a difference during the Giving Challenge.

How to participate:

  • Beginning noon May 1 through 11:59 a.m. May 2
  • Donations to be made at givingpartnerchallenge.org, then look up Friends of the Legacy Trail
  • All done online, no cash or checks
  • Minimum Donation is $25.00

All donations up to $100 per unique donor (eg, husband can be one, wife can be second unique donor as long as the donations are made on two separate credit cards) will be matched 100 percent. We also have an anonymous donor who will match the first $1,000 in donations that are made. Thus your donation could be worth $300 to FLT:  $100 from donor, $100 from The Patterson Foundation and $100 from an anonymous donor.

  • We are eligible for some extra funds if we get the most donations right away, so please consider logging on at noon on May 1.

Support the Friends of The Legacy Trail by donating during this exciting fund raiser!