Statewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 11.3 MB)
The Greenways Foundation wants to thank everyone for the tremendous support we received during our recent luncheon. Foundation board members spoke about our grant recipients and their progress, increased presence at activities, the Foundation license plate and the importance of trails maintenance funding, and we enjoyed an engaging and informative presentation by Mark Fenton.
As a highlight of the program, we recognized some outstanding leaders of the trails movement in Indiana. The awards were presented by Greenways Foundation President Karen Bohn.
As a board member for Fort Wayne Trails, Roger Goodland is a leader, a team player and a person with great integrity and vision, focused on improving the community by expanding its trail network. Goodland often acts as a representative of Fort Wayne Trails in public meetings and planning sessions, and spent more than 2,000 hours over the course of three years to ensure that the Towpath Trail was funded, designed and built. He has also been instrumental with the planning, development and fundraising for other greenways in the city. When he is not helping with future trail development, you will find him out enjoying the existing trail network on his bicycle, talking to trail users and checking the trails to make sure there are no safety concerns or issues.
The Cardinal Greenways organization was once considered East Central Indiana’s greatest secret — now the group has become the area’s greatest community treasure as it manages Indiana’s longest trail. The Cardinal Greenway staff has cultivated a strong group of volunteers to maintain and secure the trails, while working with community groups to make the trail the foundation of successful outdoor programs including Walk Indiana, the Turkey Trot and various competitive events. The group has developed a DNR-designated Visionary Trail, which is now all paved, and manages other trails, such as the White River Greenway, with a small staff, at one point managing seven construction projects at the same time. The fact that Cardinal Greenways is a privately owned non-profit makes all their accomplishments even more impressive.
Cardinal Greenways volunteers at work.
Whether it’s running, walking, cycling or simply being outdoors to enjoy the beauty of nature, the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage has become a destination for thousands of Evansville residents every week. The Greenway project transformed the once desolate banks of Pigeon Creek into a vibrant green space with trails and benches, exercise stations, historic plaques, monuments and public art. The asphalt trail is 10 feet wide and 6.75 miles long as it travels the revitalized creekway in a natural setting and the city’s popular Riverfront Corridor, making vital connections within the community. A highlight of the trail is its Joan Marchand Bridge Overlook which offers awe-inspiring vistas of the Ohio River and Evansville’s Riverfront. Originally built in 1891, the bridge has been used by horse-drawn wagons, automobiles and now people.
The Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage is a destination for thousands of Evansville residents every week.
Mayor Tom Henry has grown the City of Fort Wayne’s trail network from 38 miles when he took office in 2008 to 70.5 miles today. He sees them as a vital part of active transportation that connects Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods and businesses, and as an enticement for economic development. One of Mayor Henry’s lasting legacies will be his commitment to making Fort Wayne a more accessible and walkable city and a bicycle-friendly community, and has dedicated time, energy and funding to that purpose. These efforts were rewarded in May of 2012 with the League of American Bicyclists designating Fort Wayne as a “Bicycle Friendly Community.”
Over the last decade, the City of Valparaiso has strongly embraced the benefits of greenway development, and has shown that commitment with the rapid growth of its Pathways network, now totaling more than 12 miles throughout the city, with another three miles planned in the next two years. Although there are no distinct corridors in Valparaiso, such as abandoned railways, this has not curtailed enthusiasm and creativity while building a series of sidepaths along a number of their roadways. These pathways have been able to connect a majority of the city residents to the downtown district, which itself has been significantly enhanced. Valparaiso aims to create a culture of pedestrian and bicycle use with their Pathways system, and events that encourage people to ride and walk more often, such as a popular annual night ride.
A Valparaiso bike / ped trail
Headquartered in New Albany, Samtec, Inc., is a global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic components. The Friends of the Ohio River Greenway know Samtec as the local company they go to for support of the Ohio River Greenway Project. Samtec hosts the Friends group’s web site, offers technical support, and sponsors fundraisers and events. Samtec became their partner in promoting conservation, awareness and appreciation of Loop Island Wetlands, and supports various other environmental stewardship projects.
Samtec sponsors fundraisers and events for the Ohio River Greenway.