2017 Indiana Trails Study Summary Report (PDF, 3.1 MB)
Statewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 5 MB)
Everyone in the Griffin family was an avid bicyclist and when U.S. Army Sergeant Dale Griffin died in Afghanistan, his parents and brothers decided to create a memorial to Dale in the form of a mountain biking destination for all to enjoy, aptly named Griffin Bike Park. Today, it offers more than 20 miles of bike trails for all ages and skill levels just a few miles south of Terre Haute as a part of the Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department, free to all visitors 24/7. Griffin Bike Park also welcomes runners and hikers, and its two core trails are extra wide to accommodate safe passing. The park offers a race series and fun event rides, and enjoys an active friends group that helps provide fundraising support as well as trail maintenance and development.
Our Trail of the Month feature is sponsored by Citizens Energy Group.
The National Road Heritage Trail continues to expand, as outlined on the NRHT web site, with 2020 progress in several Indiana counties. Organizers and advocates continue to work toward a cross-state trail dream.
Our friends at the Cardinal Greenway are getting some well-earned national attention for its new Kitselman Trailhead, soon to be formally dedicated. In related blueway trail news, Muncie removed two of its five lowhead dams on White River, making paddling safer and more inviting.
Connectivity! Friends of Monroe County Greenways reports the Monroe County Council has approved funding for a connector trail from the Karst Farm Greenway to the in-city Bloomington trail system.
Pogue’s Run Trail is getting revitalized, thanks to a neighborhood initiative called Pathways Over Pogue’s that is raising money to repair the historic 1903 Nowland Avenue Bridge, a classic example of the Luten Arch.
The Greenways Foundation awarded a grant to POP to help pay for the design phase of the project.
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
You 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:
License plates 60%
Annual luncheon 33%
Grants program 77%
— Luncheon venue, printing, marketing, conferences
Business expenses 9%
— Community engagement, accounting services, board insurance, reimbursements