Legacy Park Opening Soon in Venice


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September 4th, 2015 – Residents of Villa La Grande and other nearby communities just off north of East Venice Ave. and west of U.S. 41 will soon have an exciting addition to their immediate neighborhood—the Legacy Park for which construction has finally began with an expected completion before end-2015.

Legacy Park is rising in a 10-acre site of a former cement plant which the city of Venice and the Florida Communities Trust bought for $7.4 million way back in 2008. The park’s construction cost of about $1.5 million is being financed by grants the city obtained plus county funding.

The local communities near this new park will not only enjoy close proximity to its a picnic pavilion and restrooms. They can also have immediate access to the park’s boat/trailer parking and a train-themed playground which aptly complements the adjacent historic Venice Train Depot, another local attraction.

Extensive park links

Legacy Park Opening Soon in Venice

Additionally, locals who are into such outdoor activities as walking, running or biking, will be particularly thrilled by the facility’s half-mile nature pathway. This will be linked to the 10-mile Legacy Trail running northward all the way to Palmer Ranch in Sarasota, with plans of further extending this car-less and scenic former railroad line to Sarasota’s downtown.

The development of Legacy Park will likewise involve opening a nature trail along its Hatchett Creek stretch to enable a link southward with the Venetian Waterway Park, a 9.3-mile concrete trail running both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). Like Legacy Trail, the Venetian Waterway Park is also being maintained by the county, thus ensuring their harmonious and complementary management and upkeep, somehow also adding up to the marketability of Sarasota homes for sale within the two parks’ localities.

More fun in the water

The greenway and open space along Hatchett Creek, which borders the park’s northern and eastern flanks and links with the ICW, will be enhanced to include construction of a wildlife observation deck and a canoe/kayak launch. This facility is much-needed in this area as the boat launch nearby is just for power boats. At the same time, the creek is also within the state-designated Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail in the ICW, and a safe and convenient boat launch at Legacy Park should significantly enhance the recreational value of local waterways.

Moreover, the judicious development of Hatchett Creek and its natural environment will likewise improve the creek’s water quality as well as contribute to better water quality at the ICW. Needless to say, the improved water quality and forthcoming recreational facilities in Legacy Park will benefit the marketability of residential neighborhoods near it and the ICW which is also lined with many coastal Sarasota homes for sale in Venice.

At Legacy Park’s neighboring Villa La Grande, for instance, a home buyer must have caught very early on these positive local developments from an alert realtor. Just across Hatchett Creek at Christina Court in this neighborhood, a detached condo villa with a price tag in the low $200s, featuring three bedrooms and two baths within a floor area of nearly 1,400 square feet, was sold around mid-March this year after just 10 days of listing among Sarasota homes for sale.