Promoting Trails &
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Highlights from our 2014 luncheon

The Greenways Foundation wants to thank everyone for the tremendous support we received during our recent luncheon. We enjoyed a memorable presentation by Stephen Jepson about lifelong fitness titled “Never Leave The Playground.” Foundation board members also spoke about our grant recipients and their progress, increased presence at activities, the Foundation license plate and the importance of trails maintenance funding.

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.

Outstanding Trail Advocate

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Greg Midgley “drives the golden spike” to complete decking of the Crittenden Creek Trestle on the Vandalia Trail.

As president of the National Road Heritage Trail, Greg Midgley has spent the last decade advancing this cross-state trail. After Midgley was inspired by the 200-plus mile Katy Trail in Missouri, he and others launched NRHT, Inc. to support the trail project in Indiana. This not-for-profit volunteer group consists of trail and National Road enthusiasts across the state whose mission is promoting the development of a multi-use trail for non-motorized travel closely following the Historic National Road across Indiana. The National Road Heritage Trail will span more than 150 miles through 30 communities and years of Indiana history. Currently, six trails exist and span eight municipalities.

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Outstanding Trail Group

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Friends President John Yoder

Relying almost entirely on dedicated volunteers, the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail first purchased the Pumpkinvine Railroad corridor in 1993 and began donating the land to local park departments when design and engineering were ready for trail construction. The trail extends from Shipshewana to Goshen, where it connects with the MapleHeart Trail, forming a regional trail network. The Friends, with more than 300 members and 20 corporate sponsors, still own a small portion of the abandoned railroad corridor which they continue to maintain. Additional responsibilities of Friends include land acquisition, volunteer coordination, fundraising, and providing grant funding for projects, materials and amenities.

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The Pumpkinvine Trail in autumn

Outstanding Trail Project

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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry

The City of Fort Wayne has a clearly focused vision to extend the Rivergreenway in order to connect more neighborhoods with its three rivers and other destinations. In 2013, a nearly three-mile extension of the Rivergreenway connected 10 neighborhoods, several large apartment complexes, a retirement community, schools, colleges and shopping areas to the 75-mile Fort Wayne Trails network. The extension included two boardwalks, two pedestrian bridges, an asphalt trail, a concrete sidewalk, and improvements to the St. Joe Center Road Bridge over the St. Joseph River.

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Fort Wayne’s Rivergreenway

Outstanding Public Official

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Westfield Mayor Andy Cook

Thanks in large measure to Mayor Andy Cook’s vision and leadership, the City of Westfield has become a vibrant community with an increasing network of trails. This thriving trail system illustrates one of the core values of Mayor Cook, which is connectedness. In addition to completing the Monon Trail, the mayor has strategically focused on developing an extensive trail system throughout Westfield. This now includes the Midland Trail, the Natalie Wheeler Trail, the Cool Creek Trail and The Anna Kendall Trail. A future project close to the Mayor Cook’s heart is Grand Junction, which focuses strongly on connecting people to places through trails and bike loops. It will be a thoughtfully designed gathering place that will become the heart of Westfield’s downtown.

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Monon Trail, Westfield

Outstanding Local Government

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Milan Kruszynski, Director of the Hammond Port Authority

The City of Hammond and the Hammond Port Authority trail system currently offers more than 22 miles of off-road trails, with another 25 miles planned for construction. These serene experiences include several off-road trails which serve to connect the city’s many neighborhoods, a network of bridges, a 1,000-foot boardwalk crossing Wolf Lake, and dramatic views of Lake Michigan. The city is committed to expanding its trails so that every Hammond resident will be located within one mile of a facility. Hammond trails also connect to the Chicago Lakefront Trail, one of the nation’s premier off-road facilities.

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Hammond Port Authority bike / ped greenway links Lake Michigan to Hammond’s inland bodies of water.

Outstanding Corporation

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Summit City Bicycles & Fitness Owner/President Bob Mann

For the past five years, Summit City Bicycles & Fitness has donated a percentage of the profits during their Sales for Trails campaign to Fort Wayne Trails, which has amounted to nearly $40,000. They have generously sponsored many trail events, and are always quick to provide giveaways or help when called upon. Summit City also participates in the Adopt-a-Greenway Program, in which they complete three cleanups each year along their adopted section of trail, and they participate in the volunteer Greenway Ranger Program. They also partner with Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. and the City of Fort Wayne on the popular Trek the Trails program, a free, weekly community eight-mile trail ride, providing mechanical support and a friendly face.

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Trek the Trails