BOARD SPOTLIGHT: PAUL SPOELHOF

City Of Fort Wayne -Deputy Director of Planning and Policy

Year Joined Fort Wayne Trails Board: 2018

Board Positions: Trail Users Committee

Why Did You Join the Fort Wayne Trails Board?

To contribute to the strategic planning and prioritization of trail development in Fort Wayne and Allen County and to draw attention to the trail network as an economic development asset that serves transportation and recreation needs.

What Does our Trail System Mean to You?

The trail network provides important connective tissue between neighborhoods and destinations. Having a pleasant and safe alternative to driving everywhere helps to cultivate healthy choices for my children who have developed independence and confidence to ride a bike rather than drive when they can.

How Do You Use the Trails the Most?

Bike riding for transportation and for recreation.

What Excites You Most About FWT’s Mission?

The goal to increase use of trails by the broadest possible spectrum of the regional population.

What Do You Want People To Know About Fort Wayne Trails?

I want people who don’t know about or use the trails to have a first, second and third experience on the trails. For everyone else I want them to bring their friends to the trails once or twice so that it becomes a habit.

Join us for the 11th Annual Pufferbelly Run, Walk, and Stroll, NOW WITH A VIRTUAL OPTION!

We are excited to announce that after careful consideration, we have determined that we can move forward with the 2020 Pufferbelly Run/Walk/Stroll IN-PERSON. While following the Governors guidelines and CDC recommendations, we will still provide a fun and safe event for all of you. Of course, your safety is paramount and as we get closer to July 18th, if we feel we cannot provide you with a rewarding and safe experience we will make any necessary changes. Keep in mind that in addition to a fun morning on the trails, every registration goes directly to supporting trail growth and development right here in our city. We thank you all for using and supporting Fort Wayne Trails.

More information and registration links can be found here: