Statewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 11.3 MB)
Greenways Foundation Membership Benefits Package (PDF, 1.6 MB)
The Greenways Foundation has launched our second annual #INGreenwaysChallenge. This program encourages Hoosiers to explore the network of trails and greenways throughout Indiana.
“We had nearly 100 participants last year,” said Greenways Foundation President Karen Bohn. “The success of the program led us to launch a second year. This is an incentive for trail novices and veterans to use and enjoy Indiana’s fantastic trails and greenways!”
The challenge asks participants to commit to one of four challenges that include a variety of trail uses in regions across the state. Participants are encouraged to share their completed challenges on social media using the hashtag, #INGreenwaysChallenge.
The #INGreenwaysChallenge runs from April 22 through October 31. For more information and to participate in the challenge, visit our #INGreenwaysChallenge page.
The Greenways Foundation of Indiana is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2017 Indiana Greenways Awards are now open to the public. These awards are presented to those individuals, organizations, communities, corporations and projects that have exhibited outstanding excellence in advancing greenways or multi-use trail development throughout Indiana. The awards will be presented during our 2017 annual luncheon on June 13.
Learn more and make your nominations by May 15 for our 2017 Indiana Greenways Awards!
The Karst Farm Greenway in Monroe County was named Outstanding Trail Project.
On April 10, the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands began trail user counts on 10 Indiana greenways.
The trails include the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Erie Lackawanna Trail, Fort Wayne Rivergreenway, Nickel Plate Trail, Cardinal Greenway, Monon Greenway, Monon Trail, B-Line Trail, Columbus People Trail and the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage.
We hope you have had many chances this year to get out on the trails and, as our slogan says, find a trail, find yourself. There really is nothing like hitting the trails to clear your head, to socialize with fellow trails users, to commute to your favorite spot, or to just add some steps to your pedometer. The state of Indiana has nearly 3,600 miles of trails and still growing. While we are still not quite as connected as we hope to be, this is such an improvement over what we had only five years ago!
We invite you to support the Greenways Foundation as a part of your year-end philanthropy. Your support will help us continue to:
Your continued support helps us provide the joy of being on the trails by expanding recreation and conservation practices that support productive economies, healthy environments, and vibrant cultures.
If you are committed to making our trails the best they can be and sharing the experience of trails with your neighbors, there are two easy ways to contribute.
First, make a donation to the Greenways Foundation. You can donate online at greenwaysfoundation.org (or send a check to the Greenways Foundation, along with your name and contact information). Please let us know if your employer has a match.
Second, purchase a Greenways license plate and allow your information to be shared with us. License plate purchases have allowed us to grant over $10,000 annually to organizations for trail repair, start-up costs, gates and fencing, signage, and trail counters.
Thank you for your past support of the Greenways Foundation of Indiana and your commitment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to make connections with nature, the community, their neighbors, and themselves.
Enjoy your holiday season and we’ll see you on the trails!
Karen Bohn, President
Greenways Foundation of Indiana
Thank you to all who shopped and supported the Greenways Foundation during the Whole Foods Community Giving Day on Tuesday, October 25! The Central Indiana Whole Foods stores in Nora and Carmel are donating 5% of their revenue for the day to the Greenways Foundation.
These local Whole Foods stores wanted to help support our efforts to get increased funding for trail maintenance and development. You made a difference and stocked up on natural and organic groceries — a win-win!
The Greenways Foundation is now on AmazonSmile. If you shop on Amazon, we’d love to have your support! It costs you nothing extra and it’s simple to set up.
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Greenways Foundation. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know — same products, same prices, same service. Learn how you can support the Greenways Foundation every time you shop!
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has produced six new to-the-point, short video clips about trail etiquette. All six topics are driven by the mission of “Be nice. Trails are for everyone,” and are available to watch on the RTC web site.
Following these six golden rules can help make every trip safe & fun for everyone. Remember, every amazing trail experience begins with you!
Trail advocates and managers, registration is now open for the Indiana Trails Gathering. This event is a collaborative effort of Indiana Park and Recreation Association, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Greenways Foundation, National Park Service, Indiana State Department of Health, and Health By Design, and will be a roundtable-based event full of discussion. Topics include how to start a trail program, right-of-way acquisition, working with boards, conducting trail counts, trail management and more.
Hamilton County officials opened a new three-mile section of the Monon Trail on July 29, from 216th Street northwest to Lamong Road and the Sheridan section of the greenway. This newly-opened part of the Monon nearly completes the trail between Westfield and Sheridan. Westfield expects to complete its section to 216th Street in 2017, which will create 20-plus miles of uninterrupted greenway from 10th Street in Indianapolis to downtown Sheridan. At left, photo of the Hamilton County Monon Trail by Mark Finch.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a nifty, interactive Indiana Trail Finder online map. It allows you to click any trail segment to access details about that trail. Check it out!
We enjoyed seeing so many of you at the Earth Day Indiana Festival at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. We had our new Statewide Trails Map on display and more than 120 of you were among the first to sign up for the #INGreenwaysChallenge!
The Greenways Foundation is happy to announce the launch of the #INGreenwaysChallenge! Help us celebrate our 10-year Anniversary as a statewide organization representing trails, greenways & blueways in Indiana by being active!
You will pick one or more of four challenges. Then get out on the trails of Indiana to have fun and win great prizes! Learn more.
The Greenways Foundation is especially excited to flip the calendar over this year, as 2016 marks our 10 Year Anniversary of being a statewide organization! We’ll be celebrating all year long, and the Greenways Foundation Annual Luncheon kicked things off in a big way!
We enjoyed speakers Dave Williams, Bloomington Parks and Recreation Operations Director, and Ray Irvin, former Administrator for Indy Greenways and former Director of Greenways and Bikeways for InDOT, and unveiled our new Statewide Trails Map and Membership Benefits Package.
We also had the opportunity to recognize our Annual Trail Awards recipients, and we have posted bios and photos for each on our Luncheon & Sponsors page.
All proceeds from our Annual Luncheon go toward helping us continue our mission of working to promote the growth, enhancement, and use of all trails and greenways in Indiana.
Those who attended the Greenways Foundation Annual Luncheon were the first to share something we’ve been working on for months!
Back in 2014, the Greenways Foundation Board of Directors chose the destination, charted a course, and planned their route. They picked up tools along the way and sought out “guides” to help them on the journey. So what was this epic adventure they’ve been on, you ask?
Soon, the printed version of the map will begin appearing in bicycle shops and other retail businesses, and be available from local trail groups. Meanwhile, you now can download our Statewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 11.3 MB), and begin to explore the trails and greenways of Indiana!
To receive a printed copy, join the Greenways Foundation as a Premium or Ambassador Member. Interested in helping us distribute the map or becoming a Map Sponsor? Contact Allyson Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you notice errors or omissions on the map, please email email@example.com to let us know!
Our membership benefits package now has three levels of membership, each with its own list of benefits. You can join today, quickly and easily, on our online membership page!
$25 Standard Membership
$50 Premium Membership
$100 Ambassador Membership
Two new grant opportunities have been announced which are related to greenways and blueways. Trail-related groups around the state may want to look into these.
FY2016 Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program: This U.S. Department of the Interior program will provide assistance to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Applications are due August 1. Visit the National Park Service web site for details and the application.
FY2015 MillionMile Greenway: Community Starter Grants: The purpose of this program is to assist young organizations in identifying, building, and conserving greenways and trail projects. Awards are designed to help jumpstart the critical first steps of gaining community buy-in, engaging multiple stakeholders, and using innovative mapping technologies to determine the best routes for greenways and trails. Visit the MillionMile Greenway web site for details and the application.
You can celebrate National Trails Day year-round by making a donation to the Greenways Foundation. We will put your money to work, helping to promote the growth, enhancement and use of Indiana greenways.
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, heard an update on our grant recipients and their progress, and recognized several outstanding leaders of the trails movement in Indiana.
We especially want to thank our luncheon sponsors, who provide generous support for trail projects across the state. Visit our Luncheon & Sponsors page to read about award winners and see our list of sponsors.
The Greenways Foundation presented a $2,000 grant to the Auburn Waterloo Trail Steering Committee recently to help pay for repairs to the trail. From left are trail committee member Dick Shankle, Greenways Foundation President Karen Bohn, Auburn Parks Department Superintendent Rick Hower and trail committee member Bill Spohn. The group toured the trail Tuesday to see the areas that need repairs.
The Greenways Foundation testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on March 5, 2015, to present a proposal to provide $2M annually from the General Fund to the Recreational Trails Maintenance Fund to support trail maintenance projects across the state!
The Greenways Foundation proposes that the Senate Appropriations Committee appropriate $2 million annually from the General Fund to the RTMF. We estimate the total potential need for maintaining Indiana’s trails to be approximately $16.5M, based on the total miles of trails in the state and average maintenance costs per mile. $2M would not cover the entire $16.5M need to maintain trails across the state. But it would provide funding for a small portion of the need and is meant to serve as a starting point for providing critical funding and establishing the process for distributing funding to the most necessary and worthy recipient projects.
We would greatly appreciate your support in reaching out to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee within your district, listed below. Please call and/or email the legislators below and express your support for this proposal and thanking them for their help in ensuring the future of Indiana’s trail system! A link to their contact information follows the list of committee members.
Senate Appropriations Committee Members
Chair: Sen. Luke Kenley
Ranking Member: Sen. Ryan Mishler
Sen. Philip Boots
Sen. Ed Charbonneau
Sen. Douglas Eckerty
Sen. Brandt Hershman
Sen. Patricia Miller
Sen. Carlin Yoder
Ranking Minority Member: Sen. Karen Tallian
Sen. Earline Rogers
Sen. Mark Stoops
Sen. Greg Taylor
For contact information for the Senators, visit:
Thanks for your continued support of the Greenways Foundation and trails across the state!
The Greenways Foundation is pleased to welcome Allyson P. Mitchell as our new executive director. As a sustainability professional, Allyson has broad experience in design, community economic development, municipal policy and higher education, as well as landscape architecture, real estate development, sustainability planning and law. Her passion is to weave together design, nature and people, and she is an active user and advocate of trails and greenways. Allyson’s many talents and skills will help lead us into a bright future for trail development in Indiana.
The Indiana State Department of Health is providing funding for Indiana communities to prepare a community-wide bicycle and pedestrian master plan. Applications for the funding are due January 30, 2015. A minimum of two plans will be funded in this annual round. Successful applicants will begin their plans no earlier than July 2015, with funded plans required to be completed by the end of June 2016.
The ISDH Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity invests in partnerships and activities that work towards improving the health of all Indiana residents. The adoption of bicycle and pedestrian master plans by Indiana communities is seen as an effective way to invest in changes to policy and the built environment that support healthy community outcomes.
A digital copy of the grant application form is available on the Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative web site. For more information and questions, contact Pete Fritz at (317) 234-6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Indiana General Assembly is considering establishing a Recreational Trails Maintenance Fund and Greenways Foundation board members have been actively encouraging the process. Bill Barks, Dick Aikman and Karen Bohn met with Representative Don Lehe, chairman of the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, two weeks before the committee met.
When the committee met September 17, board members (from left, in photo) Angie Pool, Shaunna Graf, Dawn Ritchie and Mitch Barloga presented a white paper and a slide presentation (PDF, 1.3 MB). We will continue to follow up with this when the legislature meets in January. The committee will discuss funding trail maintenance as well as trail policy for the state.
Please consider taking a moment to contact the study committee members with your thoughts on the matter. Those members are:
Rep. Don Lehe, Chairperson (R-25)
Sen. Jean Leising (R-42)
Sen. Michael Crider (R-28)
Sen. Susan Glick (R-13)
Sen. Lindel Hume (D-48)
Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-9)
Sen. Timothy Skinner (D-38)
Sen. Richard Young (D-47)
Rep. James Baird (R-44)
Rep. B. Patrick Bauer (D-6)
Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-57)
Rep. William Friend (R-23)
Rep. Clyde Kersey (D-43)
Rep. David Niezgodski (D-7)
The first paved section of the Covered Bridge Gateway Trail is open! Thanks to the leadership of the Covered Bridge Gateway Trails Association, users such as this young family (who donated a parcel of land for the trail) now can enjoy a beautiful greenway.
When Fresh Thyme held a grand opening for two stores in Indianapolis, the East 82nd Street store gave a $2,500 donation to the Greenways Foundation. They asked the funds be use for trail amenities or development. In the photo, GF President Karen Bohn accepts an oversized check from Fresh Thyme Store Manager Troy Bond.
When Dick Snyder wanted to donate a trail bench on the Pennsy Trail in Indianapolis to honor his late wife, Diane, the Greenways Foundation worked with the Indianapolis Parks Foundation to make it so. The comfy bench will welcome trail users thanks to (from left) Parks Foundation President Lori Hazlett, Dick Snyder, and Greenways Foundation President Karen Bohn.
More than 80 trails and greenways supporters from around the state gathered for an Indiana Trails Charette hosted by the Department of Natural Resources in the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis. The Greenways Foundation was well-represented for this collaborative trail planning event with half a dozen board members attending.
From left: Angie Poole, Muncie; Dawn Ritchie, Fort Wayne; Karen Bohn, Indianapolis; Yvette Rollins, Bloomington; Mitch Barloga, Crown Point; and Shaunna Graf, Jeffersonville.
In his role as a transportation planner, Greenways Foundation board member Mitch Barloga has a daily perspective on how we move about as we live our lives. Recently, he shared some thoughts on the concept of “Complete Streets” in Creating safe streets for our aging society, published in nwitimes.com, July 3, 2014.
Mitch is the Non-Motorized Transportation and Greenways Planner for the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Greenways Foundation Annual Luncheon. The event featured the opportunity to “talk trails” with other greenway enthusiasts from around the state, be entertained by a speaker and learn about Foundation programs and statewide trail progress and issues.
Your support of the luncheon and throughout the year helps us to continue our mission. Please consider making a donation to the Greenways Foundation today.
With a grant provided by the Greenways Foundation, The Friends of Boone County Trails created the Hazelrigg Park Rest Area along the Farm Heritage Trail. The Friends completed designated walk areas from the trail and the roadway and installed landscape chips donated by a local tree company, Carter Tree Service. Keep up the good work!