Statewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 11.3 MB)
Nominations are now open for our 2017 Indiana Greenways Awards!
The turnout for our annual Greenways Foundation Luncheon was fantastic and we want to thank all who attended. Executive Director Allyson Mitchell updated us on the past year’s accomplishments and goals for 2016, and Board Member Shaunna Graf listed 2015 grant awards. We listened to a fascinating account of the development of Bloomington’s B-Line Trail by Dave Williams, Director of Operations, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation. That was followed by a history of the Greenways Foundation presented by Ray Irvin, former Administrator of Indy Greenways and Director of Greenways, Bikeways and Blueways for the Indiana Department of Transportation. Allyson Mitchell closed with the unveiling of our new Statewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 11.3 MB).
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.
From beginning the process of building the Nickel Plate Trail in 2000, to currently having 37 miles completed, Bill Click has been there volunteering his time and talents to whatever task was required. He has served many hours clearing leaves and limbs, removing fallen trees and supervising large, complicated projects such as bridges, guardrails, look-out points, culvert repairs, sink holes and crack repairs. Bill has risen early to inspect sections of the trail before the start times of fund raiser events to make sure everything was safe and ready for the participants, and has served on the Nickel Plate Trail Board since the beginning. His passion and commitment to the trail are truly inspirational for all our volunteers.
Bill Click (left) on the job.
Fort Wayne Trails is a nonprofit promoting healthy transportation choices by advocating, planning and fundraising for the multi-use trail and pathway network connecting the Greater Fort Wayne region. The group’s ambitious fundraising efforts, such as their “Paving the Way” campaign, hosting fun public events to generate income, and work with foundations and corporations have been instrumental in building the city-wide trail network. Partnerships with local, county, and state officials have enabled the group to rank as one of the most successful in the state today. Spearheading their efforts from the start has been Executive Director Lori Rose, who has been a catalyst towards the success of trail development, raising millions of dollars, and opening many new miles of trails over the years.
Joggers enjoying a Fort Wayne Trails event.
The Karst Farm Greenway is the first section of shared-use path that will eventually connect the City of Bloomington to rural parts of Monroe County and the Town of Ellettsville. The trail connects a large county park, numerous established and growing residential neighborhoods, two elementary schools, a college campus, a newly constructed YMCA, and thriving business and industrial parks. it is accessible to thousands of residents, students, visitors and employees in the area. Bench seating and sign pillars designed and constructed of locally-cut limestone create an identity for the trail that is not only unique but also reflects the area’s well-known heritage. The Karst Farm Greenway will have future connections to Bloomington’s B-Line Trail and Ellettsville.
Another six trail projects received special mention and are pictured in this brief slideshow (PDF, 516 KB).
Karst Farm Greenway.
During his eight years in office, Mayor Greg Ballard strongly supported the vision of a world-class greenways system for the citizens of Indianapolis. He understands that greenways are an integral part of a community — providing residents with recreational opportunities, access to nature, and alternative choices for transportation. Since Mayor Ballard took office in 2008, more than 20 miles of new greenway were constructed and several additional phases of greenway have been planned and will be constructed. Under his administration, an update to the Greenways Master Plan, called Indy Greenways Full Circle, was developed and adopted, creating a blue print for the future that calls for an additional 139 miles of new greenway and trail routes. Mayor Ballard has helped Indianapolis develop an urban greenway system that connects its residents to places they want and need to go such as jobs, schools, parks, shopping, historical sites and cultural activities.
News article about Pennsy trail opening.
During the past year, the City of Fort Wayne has been an outstanding partner to several neighborhood groups, and the regional trails network as a whole, as it has constructed almost three miles of trails, and completed countless activities to acquire land for future trails. They have also commenced work to finalize engineering for 2016 projects, and include bike lane and sidewalk connections to further enhance their community. A large measure of credit goes to Greenways Manager Dawn Ritchie, who continues to juggle dozens of other projects that are in the planning, acquisition or design phases. All of these are important connectors to existing trails, bike lanes, parks, and other destinations, and have contributed to the community’s new tally of 90 miles of trails, with a goal of reaching 100 miles within the next few years.
A Fort Wayne trail.
A few years ago, understanding the importance of trails to the City of Westfield, the owners of Custom Concrete donated to the city much of the land through their property for the new Monon Trail alignment. Since this time, they have encouraged their employees and other businesses in the area to use the trail. In 2015, Custom Concrete once again reached out to the Westfield Parks Department. As a corporation, they had embarked on a wellness program and asked if they could build a paved trail connection from their main campus to the Monon. Then they joined forces with Anna’s Celebration of Life and raised funds to install three fitness stations along the Monon Trail. Each station has multiple facilities, with the most exciting of these used by wheelchair-bound children and adults. Custom Concrete paid for all of the equipment, the professional installation and provided the concrete pads for all three stations. The City of Westfield is now partnering with them about efforts to bring adaptive bikes to the trails for special needs families.
A fitness station beside the Monon Trail in Westfield.