Promoting Trails &
Greenways in Indiana

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2017 Indiana Trails Study Summary Report (PDF, 3.1 MB)

Eppley Trails Study 2017

Statewide trail mapStatewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 5 MB)

 
 
Next Level Trails, On Hold

The Greenways Foundation regrets that the next two rounds of the Next Level Trails program have been placed on indefinite hold. Hoosiers across the state are visiting our trails in record numbers during the COVID pandemic, taking advantage of the outdoors to improve both their physical and mental health.

Although we certainly respect the state’s fiscal situation, in light of the critical benefits trails provide, and especially magnified during this crisis, we hope Governor Holcomb will reverse course on his decision and award round two funding immediately and keep in place the summer solicitation plans for round three. We intend to contact the Governor and his staff about our request.

We encourage you and your organizations to also contact Governor Holcomb’s office to let him know how valuable this funding is to the quality of life for all Hoosiers.

Thank you for your support & Happy Trails,
President Mitch Barloga and the entire Greenways Foundation

Trail of the Month

trail beside a limestone cliff

When trail users write about the Milwaukee Trail, they often use words like “scenic,” “beautiful,” and “spectacular,” which are well-deserved terms. As the trail traverses five rural miles to the south and west of Bedford, it features limestone rock cuts, forest, farmland, creek crossings, and a view or two of the East Fork of White River. Future plans call for 15 more miles of this crushed limestone and cinder greenway beyond the current southern terminus at Coxton Road. Carry food and water, as there are no creature comfort facilities along the trail.

Friends of the Milwaukee Trail, Facebook

Milwaukee Trail, TrailLink

trail bridge

Our Trail of the Month feature is sponsored by Citizens Energy Group.

 
 

Trail safety infographics

Download and use these infographics to educate local trail users in this age of Covid-19.

From the National Recreation & Park Association and the Rails to Trails Conservancy (PDF, 2.8 MB).

From the Greenways Foundation of Indiana (PDF, 342 KB).

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, our Annual Luncheon scheduled for April 16 has been postponed. We are working with Governor Holcomb’s staff to set up a new date later this year. In the meantime, we are keeping the registration and sponsorship links up, and are still accepting nominations for our Indiana Greenways Awards which we will present at the rescheduled Luncheon. Thank you!

Taking Trails to the Next Level Register today

Sponsorship opportunities are available as well as individual tickets.

sponsor here

We also will give our annual Indiana Greenways Foundation Awards. Read the criteria for the awards and nominate your choices!

nominations

The Greenways Foundation has served the State of Indiana for more than a decade as a non-profit organization promoting trails — advocating, creating, developing and maintaining recreational and transportation trails across Indiana. The Foundation offers technical assistance, fund development, support, enhancement and operation of Indiana’s greenways, trails and connections. In addition, the Foundation has successfully partnered with the private sector to achieve our mission.

The Foundation’s successes during the last year have been numerous:

We look forward to seeing you!

Greenways Foundation Annual Report

2019 Annual ReportYou may download our 2019 Annual Report (PDF, 664 KB) or read the synopsis below.

The Greenways Foundation presented our 2020 Legislative Platform with the help of Indiana trail stakeholders. We continue to work with state legislators on funding the existing Trails Maintenance Fund, and sustainable funding for new trails when the Next Level Trails program is complete. The demand for trails in Indiana is strong!

In October and November, the Foundation partnered with the Indiana Parks & Recreation Assocation (IPRA) to conduct six Trail Town Workshops throughout the state. In all, more than 200 participants in Carmel, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Portage, South Bend and Terre Haute learned about this emerging national program, and strategies to promote trails in their communities. The Greenways Foundation plans to work with the IPRA and other agencies to promote Trail Towns as a designated program in Indiana during 2020.

Our state license plate accounts for our main source of revenue. At the end of 2019, there were 1,620 plates sold for a total income of $40,500. Those who buy plates become new members of the Foundation. Thanks to our state plates, we were able to award $30,477 in grants to four organizations in 2019! These include:

Financial Report 2019

Inflow $67,200
License plates 60%
Annual luncheon 33%
Donations 7%

Outflow $52,900
Grants program 77%
Fundraising 14%
— Luncheon venue, printing, marketing, conferences
Business expenses 9%
— Community engagement, accounting services, board insurance, reimbursements