For many Indianapolis residents, the local system of greenways has become a favorite staple of our community. It’s encouraging and exciting to think how far the system has come in the 22 years that have past since the Indy Greenways Foundation was formed in 1991. Over the course of the summer, the foundation has traveled around the city to collect ideas and feedback about how the greenways systems should develop from here, and just recently they made their 2013-2023 Master Plan public. The plan is available here.
It’s a comprehensive, 102-page document, and there is a LOT to get excited about.
Put simply, the plan contains four parts: 1) Fund and complete the trails that have already been outlined or started; 2) Create new connections to the city’s center; 3) Plan a complete circle of trails that would loop the outer parts of the city to connect community resources and existing trails; 4) Create a system of connectors that utilize corridors of opportunity and provide greenway accessibility in underserved areas.
The PDF is absolutely worth your time – if you’re in a hurry, skip to page 66 of the document, that’s where the recommendations start to come into focus. It’s hard to guess how this plan proceeds in terms of funding and construction, but it’s an exciting plan regardless of the hurdles ahead.