The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Sarasota County toward building a covered stop station for North Port’s new Legacy Trail connector.

The stop station will include a shaded area, benches, a kiosk, a bike rack and a few more amenities. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has a few stop stations like this along the trail, including one at the Laurel Road trail overpass, another in Osprey.

The county broke ground June 14 on the North Port Connector, which will add almost four miles of pathway to The Legacy Trail.

“The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has been a huge supporter of the trail since the very beginning. From acquiring the first section of trail and then northern extension, to raising funds for the feasibility study, they have helped us race to completion,” said Parks Recreation and Natural Resources Director Nicole Rissler. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without their support and continued advocacy.”

There are no site plans yet, but county officials are anticipating it being across the R-36 canal from Price Boulevard. There is no timeline yet.

To learn more about the trail, visit scgov.net (keywords Legacy Trail) and www.friendsofthelegacytrail.org.

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