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Highlights from our 2015 luncheon

The Greenways Foundation wants to thank everyone for the tremendous support we received during our recent luncheon. We enjoyed a memorable presentation titled “Exploring Indiana’s Trails,” given by various Hoosier greenways leaders. 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

Paul Arlinghaus

Paul Arlinghaus

Paul Arlinghaus has served as the president of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association, since 2006. During this time, HMBA has built and maintained more than 100 miles of single track, natural surface trails in Indiana, while Arlinghaus has served as a leader for trail advocacy in the state. He has taught hundreds of trail volunteers how to build and maintain sustainable natural surface trails and has spent hundreds of hours doing so himself. Under his leadership, HMBA has successfully written and been awarded multiple grants and is working on more. His passion and commitment is inspirational, and his vision is to build a 100-mile natural surface trail system that connects Brown County State Park, Yellowwood State Forest and the Hoosier National Forest.

trail builders

Paul Arlinghaus leads a group of volunteer trail builders.

Outstanding Trail Group

Leadership Fort Wayne

Leadership Fort Wayne 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.

rest node on trail

Above: The rest node is officially opened. Inset: Sculptor Alec Johnson poses with his creation.

Outstanding Trail Project

Rotary Club of Evansville

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.”

canoe launch and paddlers

Rotary Club members staged an on-water ribbon cutting to open their new canoe/kayak launch.

Outstanding Public Official

Thomas McDermott

Thomas McDermott

First elected in 2003, Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. has energized the city’s recreational infrastructure through aggressively allocating local funding, and securing outside resources, to transform the City of Hammond into a bicycle and pedestrian destination. An avid runner himself, Mayor McDermott recognizes the relationship trails share with quality of life and healthy lifestyle choices. During the last three years, Mayor McDermott has significantly added to the overall trail mileage in the city with the opening of the five-mile loop trail around Wolf Lake, and another three miles for the new Monon Trail, along with four new trail bridges that all opened in 2014.

trail bridge opening

Above: Mayor McDermott presided over the opening of a Monon Trail bridge over the Little Calumet River. Inset: The boardwalk bridge over Wolf Lake.

Outstanding Local Government

City of Franklin

Trail development in the City of Franklin is on a strong upswing, largely because of Mayor Joe McGuinness and the City Council. Franklin has spent millions creating an urban trail system, following a “Gateways, Greenways, and Redevelopment Study” that emphasized the many values brought by trail infrastructure. In the near future, their Historic Greenway Trail will link to the Franklin Community High School Trail, and they will adopt a Safe Routes to School plan to encourage students to walk or bike to school.

bike / ped trails

Above: Portions of the Franklin Historic Greenway Trail

Outstanding Corporation

Kovert Hawkins

Kovert Hawkins exemplifies what an outstanding corporation is when it comes to advancing Greenways, specifically the Ohio River Greenway. The company has sponsored the annual Turf Party and Greenway 5K for three consecutive years, and donates to the silent auction benefitting the Friends of the Ohio River Greenway. The Friends meet monthly in the Kovert Hawkins conference room and a landscape architect for the firm serves as a volunteer board member for the Friends of the Ohio River Greenway.

bike / ped trail

Above: A trail designed by Kovert Hawkins for Paoli Community Park.