It’s finally here!  More than 7 years after the City of Venice FL acquired the land, Legacy Park is now ready to open.  

The dedication ceremony of the park at 395 E. Venice Ave. will be held Monday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m.

Legacy Park is perfectly located across from the Venice Train Depot at the junction of two multi-use, paved trails: the 10.6-mile Legacy Trail and the 10-mile Venetian Waterway Park (5 miles long on each side of the Intracoastal Waterway).

A kayak/canoe launch provides visitors access to both the Intracoastal Waterway AND Hatchett.  Conveniently located at the end of the journey is a two station Kayak/Canoe wash station.  

One particularly important feature of the park is in the parking lot, which will allow water infiltration, reducing surface water runoff into the creek, lowering stream pollution.  Stormwater retention ponds surrounded by native vegetation provide habitats for wading birds and small mammals while improving the water quality flowing into the creek.

A wildlife observation platform next to Hatchett Creek is the perfect place for up-close viewing  of creek inhabitants and shoreline wetland restoration habitat.

Also available, Sheltered picnic pavilions, Public Restrooms, Drinking Fountains, and Handicapped -accessible 1/2mile asphalt nature trail with benches winding through the park! 

Venice acquired the 10-acre former industrial cement plant site in 2008 for $7.4 million using funds from the voter-approved 1-cent sales surtax and a grant from the Florida Communities Trust.  

A couple million was spend on the design of the park, permits and construction, using funds from Sarasota County Park impact fees, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Recreational Trails and Florida Coastal Management Programs.  

In the future, the city would like to see a Train Themed, covered playground for the kids- to keep in time with the adjacent Venice Train Depot and some additional Landscaping. However, in the meantime, it is great to see this piece of land that has been developed into a fantastic park....finally opened!