Greenways Foundation Strategic Plan 2013 (PDF, 753 KB)
Greenways Foundation Membership Brochure (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Greenways Foundation Volunteer Application (PDF, 205 KB)
Two new grant opportunities have been announced which are related to greenways and blueways. Trail-related groups around the state may want to look into these.
FY2016 Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program: This U.S. Department of the Interior program will provide assistance to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Applications are due August 1. Visit the National Park Service web site for details and the application.
FY2015 MillionMile Greenway: Community Starter Grants: The purpose of this program is to assist young organizations in identifying, building, and conserving greenways and trail projects. Awards are designed to help jumpstart the critical first steps of gaining community buy-in, engaging multiple stakeholders, and using innovative mapping technologies to determine the best routes for greenways and trails. Visit the MillionMile Greenway web site for details and the application.
The Greenways Foundation named Leadership Fort Wayne its Outstanding Trail Group during our 2015 luncheon.
LFW is a leadership development program for adult citizens who have made a personal commitment to community service. Members form leadership teams that tackle a project to make an impact on quality of life in Fort Wayne. A recent team set out to create a rest node on the Rivergreenway by raising funds and in-kind donations. Recently dedicated, the node has water fountains, seating and a “Sculpture with Purpose” that doubles as a bike rack. The sculpture, titled “Flow,” represents the flow of the trails and the rivers.
Above: The rest node is officially opened. Inset: Sculptor Alec Johnson poses with his creation.
The Greenways Foundation named the Pigeon Creek Canoe/Kayak Launch its Outstanding Trail Project during our 2015 luncheon.
Pigeon Creek meanders for miles through Evansville’s northeast side and downtown area to its juncture with the Ohio River. Years ago, the city built one canoe/kayak launch on the creek but lack of a second launch prevented most people from enjoying the waterway for recreation. The Rotary Club of Evansville decided in late 2011 to solve that dilemma. During the next two years, the Rotary raised funds for land acquisition, design and construction of a canoe/kayak launch that opened in early 2014. Today, paddlers of all ages are enjoying Evansville’s “blue trail.”
Rotary Club members staged an on-water ribbon cutting to open their new canoe/kayak launch.