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Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources

When describing Sarasota County in our Age-Friendly Community Profile, we talk about the 725 square miles of inspiring natural beauty surrounded by 37 miles of open shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico.

Keeping these natural resources in pristine condition falls to Sarasota County’s Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources department. Sarasota County has 140+ parks, including specialty parks for water sports, soccer, softball, camping, shooting, birding, cycling, and even spaces for our furry friends.

Perhaps one of the best-known amenities is The Legacy Trail. This recreational trail provides a safe path for walking, running, rollerblading, and cycling. The Legacy Trail Northern Extension is complete, with trailheads at Webber Street, Ashton Road, and Pompano Avenue. The North Port Connector will soon be open to the public. The ribbon cutting is planned for Friday, September 9 at 9 a.m.

All along The Legacy Trail there are new crossing signals to help with pedestrian and traffic safety. In addition to stop signs and traffic light signals, you will see Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) and High-Intensity-Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons.

Click here to view a video on how to use the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon

Click here to view a video on how to use the High-Intensity-Activated Crosswalk

Click here to learn more about The Legacy Trail Extension

Click here for an overview of Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources


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