Legacy Trail Extension Approved by County
Legacy Trail, a nearly 11 mile paved jogging and biking path in Sarasota County, was approved for extension on April 1. Presently, the trail runs between Sarasota near Palmer Ranch and Venice, built on a former railroad corridor. The extension will add to the trail north of Palmer Ranch into downtown Sarasota, putting the Legacy Trail at about 20 total miles.
Community support for the extension, first proposed in 2013, is strong, with over 120,000 people enjoying the trail each year. Despite this support, and the project’s recent approval by Sarasota County commissioners, the issue of funding remains the largest obstacle. At an estimated $30 million, and with the country already expecting budget shortages, there is no guarantee that ground break on the extension will occur any time soon.
To offer support or get more information visit FriendsoftheLegacyTrail.org.