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White River path nears completion after $2.7M investment

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The city of Indianapolis is close to opening a new 4-mile stretch of the White River Wapahani Trail south of downtown.

The $2.7 million trail is due to be complete next month with a ribbon cutting scheduled for Nov. 15, Office of Sustainability spokesman Scott Manning said. Stretches on the north end near the Indianapolis Zoo are already seeing some use.

The path connects White River State Park to a multi-use path on Raymond Street, near Eli Lilly and Co.’s 255-acre private park. City officials expect employees of Rolls-Royce Corp., which is to the west on Tibbs Avenue, and Lilly will use the trail for recreation, or as an alternate route to downtown, Manning said.

The city used $1.9 million in federal funds and $789,000 from the Rebuild Indy fund to build the trail.

Partnering with the community arts organization Big Car, the Office of Sustainability planned to paint a mural Friday morning on the Raymond Street bridge to beautify the southern trailhead. Parking for the trailhead will be located off South White River Parkway Drive West.

The mural painting is an Indy Do Day project, paid for with grants from the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Reconnecting to our Waterways.

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  • Southside rep.
    Hopefully, that'll be a step toward to having a viable biking trail to the southside. If anybody actually wanna try biking on the southside.
  • Corporate Perks
    Are Lilly and Rolls Royce employee IDs required for this tax payer funded corporate perk?
  • great stretch
    I rode this portion of the trail last weekend after happening upon it accidentally... didn't even know it was there. It's wonderful, with great vistas, and surprisingly a whole lot to see (including two large homeless camps, which I'm guessing will soon move to quieter territory). With it, we may be getting a glimpse of the city's newest and next stretch of "beachfront property", especially if anything comes of the stamping plant re-use project.

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