The Legacy Trail, which opened in 2008, provides a safe, recreational trail for walking, bicycling and running. Work is underway to extend the trail and enhance connectivity from the City of North Port through Venice to downtown Sarasota.
On April 10, the Sarasota County Commission added the Legacy Trail extension project to the county's fiscal year 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program. The commission also amended the fiscal year 2019 budget to appropriate approximately $37 million in funding for the project.
Sarasota County is currently in contract negotiations with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for design services. The design contract will be brought before the county commission for approval and is expected to be approved by July 10.
In summer 2019, the signing of the bond, which was approved by the November 2018 referendum, will take place.
(as of April 10)
- Create nearly 30 miles of non-motorized paved multi-use trail, which potentially could become a regional connection between Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte counties.
- Provide access to local neighborhoods and place 27 schools within one linear mile of The Legacy Trail; another 45 would be within two linear miles.
- Enhance connectivity from the City of North Port through Venice to downtown Sarasota.
- Support access to Siesta Beach, Nathan Benderson Park, Ed Smith Stadium (Baltimore Orioles spring training facility) and the Youth Athletic Complex (an international Supercross BMX training facility) all economic drivers to Sarasota County.
Since the passage of the referendum, Sarasota County has been performing its due diligence. During this period, the county was able to review the survey and title report, as well as conduct any inspections or investigations of the physical and environmental condition of the property deemed necessary.
The deed will require the corridor not be used for any other purpose other than a recreational trail or rail service.
Construction will be completed in two phases. Phase one begins at Culverhouse Nature Park and extends north to the intersection of Ashton Road for an approximate length of 1.7 miles. It includes a 0.9-mile spur. Phase two will begin at the intersection of Ashton Road and extend north to Fruitville Road for an approximate length of 6 miles. It will include a 0.5-mile spur. This phase will include connections in Venice and North Port and at other locations along the trail.
|Funding for The Legacy Trail extension will be provided by general obligation bonds and repaid by ad valorem taxes.|
On Nov. 6, 2018, Sarasota County residents approved the issuance of general obligation bonds for the Legacy Trail extension.
In early May, Sarasota County will be selling a portion of those bonds to pay for the initial railroad land, design and construction costs via a competitive process to the financial institutions that can provide the county the lowest true interest cost. After this sale, the bonds will be available for residents to purchase through their respective financial institution.
If are interested in supporting the community’s municipal bonds, contact your financial institution and ask to purchase General Obligation Bonds (Legacy Trail Project), Series 2019.
In 2008, The Legacy Trail opened, providing more than 10 miles of trail from the Venice Train Depot to Culverhouse Nature Park. Prior to becoming a popular recreational trail, it served as a railroad corridor.
March 22 - On March 6, Sarasota County's advertisement for the design Request for Professional Services closed. Staff is reviewing the proposals. Once a firm is selected, the design contract will be brought before the county commission for approval. The design contract is expected to be approved by July 10. In spring 2019, the signing of the bond, which was approved by the November 2018 referendum, will take place. Stay tuned for construction updates.
March 1 - On Feb. 1, Sarasota County advertised the design Request for Professional Services, which will close on March 6. Following this date, the design contract will be brought before the county commission for approval. The design contract is expected to be approved by July 10.