6A: Support Trail/Greenway Development and Programming
Support the development of greenways and trails regionally, including the Indy Greenways Master Plan and the trails contained in the Indy Moves Transportation Plan. Beyond physical construction and routine maintenance, packaging of trails and destinations into trips, identity and promotion, and programming is important to maximize the opportunity such investments have on our community.
Value to the CommunityTrails and greenways improve livability and allow neighbors to access other parts of Indy while also exploring their own neighborhood. Walking and biking also provide both mental and physical health benefits.
Value to the Hospitality IndustryCreating a comprehensive, connected, regional trail system adds to our brand and reputation as a progressive destination. It also is a linking agent providing access to more experiences and regional centers, thereby extending visitor activities and length of stay. Slower modes of travel like biking and walking have also proven to result in greater spending particularly at local small businesses.
- September 2021. Circle City Forward Trail Investment. As part of its Circle City Forward initiative, the City of Indianapolis is investing $25m in new trail infrastructure.
- March 2021. Next Level Trails Awards. Several trail projects received second round NLT funding, including: Big Four Trail in Boone County, Steven Nation Community Pathway in Hamilton County, Pennsy Trail in Hancock County, Vandalia Trail in Hendricks County, and B&O Trail in Marion and Hendricks Counties.
- May 2019. Next Level Trails Awards. Several trail projects received first round NLT funding, including: Big Four Trail in Boone County, Franklin Street Trail in Hancock County, and B&O Trail in Marion County.