Community | Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Legacy Trail Extension

100% raised.

$72,251 Goal

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Do you want to add 8 more miles to the Legacy Trail?

Do you want to be able to ride the trail in to downtown Sarasota?

Do you want to be able to ride the trail from downtown Sarasota in to Gulf Gate and Venice?

Do you think having a 20 mile trail is good for our community?

If you answered YES to these questions then we need your help. We need two things:

1) You to donate - $10, $100, $1000 - it all helps

2) You to spread the word. Share this page, Facebook, Twitter, Email

In August 2013, the Sarasota County Commissioners authorized Public Works to spend $72,251 (reduced from earlier estimate of $75,000) on an initial study for the expansion of the trail. The study will cost just over $150,000, and the County is looking to Legacy Trail supporters for the additional funds. We need YOUR help to raise the additional dollars and get the project started.

The study will take about 6 months to complete. After that we will work to get the project "shovel ready." Once the project is ready to go we will be able to ask for State and Federal funds to build the trail.

It's GO Time and we need YOUR help.

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Project Comments

  • Pati Beardsley Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    I love the Legacy Trail and have, since its inception. But what will happen to the money raised if it's not enough, and Shannon Snyder gets his say? Because you know he will find a reason to pooh-pooh it. I don't have a lot to spend, so I want to make sure that I'm not throwing good money away. Thank you.

  • Jesse Biter Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    This is a country project so we don't have to worry about the city getting in the way. Shannon Snyder is the city Mayor and doesn't have a say in this project (not that I think he would reject it). Further, the county has shown their desire and ability to complete the trail by funding the first 12 miles that currently exist.

  • Terry Redman Fri, Jan 17, 2014

    This is a great project for the community, the families and economics. The day after completion, the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Inc. are going to start a bike share program like others throughout the states. Thanks to everyone for supporting this important project. President FOSCP

  • michael gippert Fri, Jan 17, 2014

    As of January 17, 2013, we have obtained resolutions/letters of support to elected officials from the Sarasota County School Board, City of Sarasota, Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Osprey-Nokomis Chamber of Commerce and others. Thank you to all who have and will donate toward the non-public fund share of the Feasibility Study. Your support will be needed beyond the Feasibility Study to make know the very strong support by residents and visitors to complete the Extension. Email and hard copy addresses of our elected officials and some suggested text are on the Friends of the Legacy Trail website at There is all a map and narrated PowerPoint regarding Extension of the Legacy Trail. Thank you for your support of the Legacy Trail. Mike Gippert

  • Kathryn Dow Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    I've heard some skepticism about the cost of the feasibility study. I know the county's public works estimate was $100K-$150K, but I don't know what comparable studies that might have been based on. Do we have examples of bids or similar studies' costs available?

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144 Neighbors have given

  • Donors to Friends of Sarasota County Parks$17,899
  • Tour de Parks Fundraising Event$16,000
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County$5,000
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation$4,500
  • Pulte Homes$2,500
  • Palmer Ranch Holdings$2,500
  • Friends of the Legacy Trail Run/Walk$2,300
  • Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club$2,000
  • Jesse Biter$1,812
  • Taylor Morrison Homes$1,500
  • Legacy Trail Supporter$1,075
  • Anonymous$1,000
  • Buchanan Family Foundation$1,000
  • Mark Paolillo - Hough & Company, P.A.$750
  • Pauline Joerger $525
  • Anonymous$500
  • Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County$500
  • Brendan Jacksits$500
  • Sarasota Storm Triathlon Club$500
  • Mark Pritchett$300
  • Brent Hamill$300
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael Lamensdorf$250
  • Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations$250
  • chris jefferson$250
  • Steinwachs Family Foundation$250
  • Sehee Chung & Lyudmil Petrov$200
  • Leslie Rivera$200
  • Celeste Lipford$200
  • Richard Russell$150
  • Village Idiots Cycling Club$150
  • Charles Burks$150
  • Gary Hansell$150
  • Carl Knutsson$150
  • Wendy Feinstein$150
  • Charles and Susan Hines$150
  • Sean Natarajan$150
  • Nora Hooper$150
  • Paul Caragiulo$100
  • Graham & Jill Edwards$100
  • Stephen Martin$100
  • Art Conforti$100
  • Heather Holst-Knudsen$100
  • Thomas and Marjorie Peter$100
  • lou donato$100
  • Veronica and Jay Brady$100
  • Kristen Farrell $100
  • Bill Furst$100
  • Jon Thaxton$100
  • Mike Dyer$100
  • Shannon Staub$100
  • Anna Madrona$100
  • Leslie Casanova-Ebenbichler$100
  • The Port Family Fund$100
  • Russell C Johnson$100
  • Andres Colin$100
  • MGA Insurance Services$100
  • Cory Reeves$100
  • Anonymous$100
  • Ben Hanan$100
  • Michael and Julie Hinterman$100
  • Joe and Betty Thro$100
  • Tom Charbonneau$100
  • jeremy caplin$100
  • Joy Goodspeed$100
  • Jack Littman-Quinn$100
  • Dan Starostecki$100
  • Dr. Robert DiSabatino$100
  • Cliff & Isa$100
  • Jeff Hazelton$100
  • Mike Seager$100
  • jack Wagner$100
  • Ruth Folit and Marc Weinberg$100
  • Teri Hansen and Steve Wilberding$100
  • Terry Redman$100
  • michael gippert$75
  • Robert Stadel-Patricia Stadel$75
  • Burt and Kelly Romanoff$50
  • Joel and Sarah$50
  • The Robbins Family$50
  • nicole kaney$50
  • Bruce Haltinner$50
  • Gecko's Grill & Pub$50
  • Robert Rebhun$50
  • Patrick Dorsey$50
  • Mark Huber and Erin McWhorter, Premier Sotheby's$50
  • Daniel Herriges$50
  • Bruce Robertson$50
  • Steve Sellers$50
  • Peter Nealis$50
  • Richard Ellin$50
  • Larry Griffith$50
  • Martha Brown$50
  • Susan C Patterson$50
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  • Leigh A Novak$50
  • Lucille Mayton and Duayne Whitehurst$35
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  • Tim Leach$25
  • Emily Hall$25
  • Roger Barry$25
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  • Grace$25
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  • Joseph Antonelli$15
  • Kathryn Dow$10
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  • Dave Berry$10
  • Anonymous$10