This video shows the installation of the bridge that will connect the new North Port Legacy Trail Connector to a new parking area at the intersection of West Price Blvd. and South Calera Street. The bridge will provide access to the southern end of the paved trail (map). Thanks again to FLT business member Brett Koppes (The Sarasota Drone Guy) for these amazing videos of the construction.
With the opening of Segment 2, we now have a continuous 19.6-mile trail extending from Shamrock Park in the south to Bahia Vista Street in the north. The southern portion includes 3.9 miles of the mainland side of the Venetian Waterway Park. See map for the full picture.
The last segment of the extension, shown in green above, is expected to open around the beginning of December. This section will extend the trail another 2.8 miles to Payne Park and Fruitville Road.
Many thanks to Brett Koppes, “The Sarasota Drone Guy” for capturing these videos of the work and progress during construction of The Legacy Trail extension into downtown Sarasota.
Segment 1 of the Legacy Trail North Extension from Proctor Road to Bahia Vista is now open to the public!! In addition, the county has also opened sections of Segment 2 from Culverhouse Nature Park to Sawyer Loop Road, and from Proctor Road to just north of Ashton Road.
Since Friends of The Legacy Trail first proposed extending The Trail into downtown Sarasota in 2013, it has been a long, hard, campaign with many ups and downs along the way. The opening of Segment 1 represents a very significant milestone for our community and all who have supported and worked for the Extension.
Here are a few scenes showing how we got here:
FLT Board Members Celebrate Purchase of
First 2-Mile Rail Segment
to Local Organizations
at Wilkinson Ave. Intersection
Map of Newly Opened Segments
Groundbreaking for the paved section of the North Port Legacy Trail Connector was held this morning, Monday, June 6. FLT was represented at the event by (left) Sharon Donovan (FLT Newsletter Editor & NP Representative), (center) Louis Kosiba (FLT President), and (right) Rita Miotti (FLT vice-President).
FLT was thanked by everyone who spoke, including Nicole Rissler (Sarasota County Parks Department) and County Commissioners Alan Maio and Ron Cutsinger. It was a very positive event, which is what we all need these days!
The Trail Extension Construction From Above
Check out this new drone video taken by Brett Koppes, the “Sarasota Drone Guy.” Thank you Brett!