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.


Kimley-Horn and Associates, the design consultant, has completed a typical sections analysis to better determine what the physical trail will look like. 

The railroad company has removed the railroad tracks along the corridor. Construction on the Legacy Trail extension is expected to begin mid-2020. 

The recommended construction order of the Legacy Trail extension, which is based on how quickly each segment can be brought through design and permitting, is as follows:

  • Segment 1 will extend from Proctor Road to Bahia Vista Street with a trailhead at Webber Street.
  • Segment 2 will extend from the current northern terminus of the trail at Culverhouse Nature Park to Proctor Road with a trailhead at Ashton Road.
  • Segment 3 will go from Bahia Vista Street to Ringling Boulevard with a trailhead at Pompano Avenue.

It is anticipated that all segments may be under construction concurrently.

Thirty percent design plans for Trail Segment 1 were submitted to the county in September. Thirty percent design plans for Trail Segment 2 and 3 were submitted to the county in November. 

(as of Feb. 6, 2020)

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