The Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday evening unanimously approved $25 million in funding for nine greenway and trails projects around the city.
The money will go toward design and construction projects at Pleasant Run Trail and Pogue’s Run Trail, and design projects at Monon Trail, Nickel Plate Trail, Eagle Creek Trail, Grassy Creek Trail, Interurban Trail, 21st Street Trail and West 30th Street.
“As we came out of the pandemic, trails and greenways was one of those quality-of-life things that folks said they really want, and it should be on all sides of town, not just one,” Department of Public Works Director Dan Parker told a council committee in August.
He added that the distribution of the new projects was an effort to make “strategic investments in areas without trails.”
The $25 million total includes $4 million padding for additional land acquisition and construction.
“Something of this magnitude, of $25 million, is just going to be truly transformational for our city, for our residents, for the economy and hopefully, the public health and wellbeing of our community—our entire community, because of how well DPW has done at spreading these dollars out across the city and across the county,” Kären Haley, executive director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, told councilors last month.