Category Archives: Past Events

The 8th Annual Tour de North Port

“It’s the Green Pumpkin!”
Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc.
Sunday, October 22, 2017

An organized scenic bicycle ride for cyclists to follow an on-road route of either 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. This year’s ride will also offer a “Gravel Grinders” off-road route for mountain bike enthusiasts that will explore a portion of the Carlton Reserve. Printed directions for all the routes will be available and they can also be downloaded. The Tour de North Port is NOT a race.

Breakfast donated by FirstWatch, a catered lunch prepared by the Earth Cafe, delicious desserts including homemade pies, rest stops with homemade snacks, SAG provided by Louie’s Bicycle and The Bicycle Center. Pre-registration online by Oct. 20 $40, on-site $45. First 350 to pre-register by Oct. 1 are guaranteed to receive a free ride t-shirt, “got shade?” sunglasses, and a goodie bag. Doors open at 7AM, group starts begin at 8AM from Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore St. North Port. Register/more information at www.peoplefortrees.com .  Contact Alice White/941-426-9752, 941-468-2486 or email treelady12001@yahoo.com

Proceeds benefit the efforts of People for Trees, a local non-profit native tree advocacy group celebrating 20 years of educating the public about the importance of maintaining and protecting our native tree canopy.

OJT Park Cleanup – Part 2

by Mark Malkasian

Update:  The next OJT cleanup is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 8:30 AM – Noon.

It’s been over six months since our first rounds of landscaping work at Osprey Junction Trailhead Park and overgrowth again threatens to obscure views of the main building that has been nicely re-painted by the County since we last worked the site.

ojt-1038x577Now that the humidity has moderated this is a call for volunteers for renewal of the “Cut, Rake, Haul & Manicure” effort at our planned Visitor Center. We’re happy to have as our guide, Megan Donoghue our Parks & Rec. Specialist, who has been stocking up on tools and equipment to better arm us for the effort. You are certainly free to bring your favorite landscaping implement and we’ll throw in the camaraderie to make it a fun morning on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 8:30 to Noon.

ojt5Suggested personal items are sunscreen, work gloves and protective clothing.  Water, coffee and snacks will be provided. The proposed Visitor Center will be open for viewing and any suggestions for its transformation will be welcome.  So come by, grab a tool and join in for a rewarding morning of giveback to what we hope will be a key feature of the Trail experience. Osprey Junction Trailhead
is at the east end of Bay Street in Osprey next to The Legacy Trail just north of Oscar Scherer State Park. Please contact Mark Malkasian via our contact form or at 941-445- 2890 to confirm participation or if you have questions.

Cyclefest 2016

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Sunday, Nov 6, 2016
Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Presented by the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club and sponsored in part by Ameriprise Financial Group, Crescent Wealth Partners.  Enjoy a full day of superb cycling in beautiful southwest Florida. Riders may choose fully supported routes of 100, 62, 35, or 20 mile distances.  Click here for details and registration.

2017 Tour de Parks

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Save the Date!
2017 Tour de Parks
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Friends of The Legacy Trail and the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club will once again be teaming up to organize this great bike ride next year.

The date for the 2017 Tour de Parks ride has been set for Sunday, March 26, 2017.

More information to follow

FLT Helps With 2016 Bike Florida Tour

While the 500+ riders from the Bike Florida Tour visited Sarasota County, FLT helped out by staffing 7 rest stops, 2 Info Tables,  and a Speakers Bureau presentation about The Legacy Trail.  Thanks to all who helped!  Many of the riders had never been to this area before and all told us how much they enjoyed being here and riding on our trails.  Here are a few pictures:

 

2016 Tour de Parks Pictures

Many thanks to all of our Sponsors, Volunteers, and Participants for making this year’s Tour de Parks a great success!

A Dark and Drizzly Start
IMG_1492But a Sunny and Glorious Finish!

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The pictures from the ride are now online. 

How did people feel about it?
The smiling faces tell it all!

Click Here to View Pictures

Additional Pictures by Andrea Seager

Any of the pictures can be downloaded to your own computer. 

Also visit (and like) our Facebook Page for additional pictures.