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The Countdown to Connectivity

Trails Make Our Community a Better Place

Trails provide safe and healthy forms of recreation and transportation. Meandering along rivers and weaving through forests and grasslands, our trails connect us to each other and put us in touch with the natural beauty of our region. Little wonder, then that our trails attract visitors, promote business investment and raise property values. Fort Wayne already has 68 miles of trails, but there are more community centers to connect. Will you help us? Now is the perfect time to get involved.

The Countdown to Connectivity

$5 MILLION has been committed to help us build more trails, but we must raise an additional $1 million by the end of 2013 to unlock those funds. So we’re starting the Countdown to Connectivity drive to raise the funds we need. Since every $1 given becomes $6, there may never be a better time to donate.

What The Countdown to Connectivity Will Do

Six projects will move forward if we raise the needed funds. But what are these projects? Find out below.

Johnny Appleseed to Shoaff Park

Distance: 1.6 Miles

Description: This trail will connect the current loop around Shoaff Park to the rest of the trail network. The trail will start at the west side of the Venderly Family Bridge at IPFW and continue north to St. Joe Center Road. From there it will head east over the river, head north across St. Joe Center Road, and enter the park.

Covington Trail

Distance: 0.7 Miles

Description: Completing a critical gap in Aboite Township, this project will extend the Covington Trail west (from where it currently ends at Sycamore Hills Golf Club) to West Hamilton Road.

Pufferbelly Trail - Dupont Road to Carroll Road

Distance: 1.25 Miles

Description: The ultimate goal for the Pufferbelly Trail is for it to extend far north beyond Fort Wayne to Pokagon State Park. We'll start the trek in that direction by building a segment between Dupont Road and Carroll Road. This segment will be connected to the existing trail south of Dupont when the state widens Dupont Road in the near future.

Pufferbelly Trail - Downtown to Glenbrook Square Mall

Distance: 2.6 Miles

Description: The Pufferbelly Trail will start downtown near Lawton Park on Fourth Street and follow the old New York Central railway corridor north to Glenbrook Square Mall. The trail will also feature a spur west to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Southtown Centre/Six Mile Creek Phase 1

Distance: N/A

Description: Part of the federal funds committed in the Countdown to Connectivity will help us to buy the land needed to build the first phase of Six Mile Creek. The Six Mile Creek Trail will, once completed, create a 26 mile loop between downtown Fort Wayne, the city's southeast side, New Haven, and back.

Engle Road

Distance: 0.4 Miles

Description: This short segment of trail will create a 5k loop using the Towpath Trail and the trail that runs through Lutheran Hospital's campus. It will also provide a more direct route from the Aboite Trails to the Towpath Trail, letting you reach downtown Fort Wayne much quicker than before.

How a Trail Gets Made

ADVOCACY:

Help raise awareness of the trails we have and the trails you want to see built. Remind your elected officials how important the expansion of our trail system is to building a vibrant community.

DONATIONS:

Gifts from individuals, businesses, and foundations helped build the 68 miles of trails we have today. There’s so much more work to be done. Please continue to support your trails.

CONSTRUCTION:

Tons of work goes into designing and building a trail. Funds are wisely used to hire efficient, qualified contractors who build quality trails that will last many decades.

VOLUNTEERING:

Our volunteers are essential for spreading knowledge about trails, fundraising and planning community events. Want to help out? There are many fun and fulfilling ways to get involved. Contact us today!

The Time is Now!

Make your donation today!