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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Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

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
  • Palmer Ranch Holdings$2,500
  • Pulte Homes$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
  • Sarasota Storm Triathlon Club$500
  • Anonymous$500
  • Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County$500
  • Brendan Jacksits$500
  • Mark Pritchett$300
  • Brent Hamill$300
  • Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations$250
  • chris jefferson$250
  • Steinwachs Family Foundation$250
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael Lamensdorf$250
  • Sehee Chung & Lyudmil Petrov$200
  • Leslie Rivera$200
  • Celeste Lipford$200
  • Gary Hansell$150
  • Nora Hooper$150
  • Richard Russell$150
  • Sean Natarajan$150
  • Carl Knutsson$150
  • Wendy Feinstein$150
  • Charles and Susan Hines$150
  • Village Idiots Cycling Club$150
  • Charles Burks$150
  • Ruth Folit and Marc Weinberg$100
  • Paul Caragiulo$100
  • Bill Furst$100
  • Terry Redman$100
  • Anna Madrona$100
  • Russell C Johnson$100
  • Jon Thaxton$100
  • Veronica and Jay Brady$100
  • Andres Colin$100
  • Michael and Julie Hinterman$100
  • Heather Holst-Knudsen$100
  • Mike Dyer$100
  • Graham & Jill Edwards$100
  • Jack Littman-Quinn$100
  • Tom Charbonneau$100
  • Kristen Farrell $100
  • MGA Insurance Services$100
  • Leslie Casanova-Ebenbichler$100
  • jeremy caplin$100
  • Joe and Betty Thro$100
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  • Stephen Martin$100
  • Joy Goodspeed$100
  • Mike Seager$100
  • Art Conforti$100
  • Cliff & Isa$100
  • jack Wagner$100
  • Dr. Robert DiSabatino$100
  • Cory Reeves$100
  • Dan Starostecki$100
  • Thomas and Marjorie Peter$100
  • Ben Hanan$100
  • Jeff Hazelton$100
  • Teri Hansen and Steve Wilberding$100
  • Shannon Staub$100
  • The Port Family Fund$100
  • Anonymous$100
  • michael gippert$75
  • Robert Stadel-Patricia Stadel$75
  • Larry Griffith$50
  • Daniel Herriges$50
  • Mark Huber and Erin McWhorter, Premier Sotheby's$50
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  • Anonymous$10
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