Connecting 4 Capital Campaign

What Are You Connecting 4?

Small Connections Go A Long Way, And So Can Your Donation

The City of Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Trails have identified 4 Priority Corridor Trail sections, one in each quadrant of Fort Wayne. Separately these projects are only about 6 miles long, but once completed, they will connect over 27 miles of trail corridors and make some of the most important connections our trail network has seen. Our partners at the City of Fort Wayne are putting nearly $8 million toward these four projects and recently received a nearly $2.7 million grant from the Next Level Trails program hosted by the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources. But to close the funding gap so the City can start construction, Fort Wayne Trails must raise an additional $1 million in donations. Fort Wayne Trails has raised over $699,706.25 as of Late 2023 of that from generous community members and foundations. Now we are asking the public to help bring these projects to the finish line.

When you use the trails, what are you Connecting 4? Are you Connecting 4 your health? Maybe you are Connecting 4 some time with nature or shopping and dining? Whatever you are Connecting 4 on trails, please make a gift to our Connecting 4 Campaign today!

Your $100 contribution will connect us to $1000 in additional funds!

Without these funds, it could take ten years to complete these trails, but with your help, these trails can be completed in just three years!

The Four Priority Corridor Trails Are

– The Hanna Street Trail

– The Covington Road Trail

– The “Golden Spike” Section of the Pufferbelly Trail

– The Northeast Trail

These four trails will bring Fort Wayne’s ever-growing trail system within a 1/2 mile of 127,000 residents, 3000 employers, 39 schools, and 40 parks.

The Hanna Street Trail

Your support has helped connect The Hanna Street Trail from Rudisill Boulevard to Decatur Blvd. The next section from Decatur Blvd to Burns Boulevard was approved by City Council in November 2023. Once completed, this trail will connect Southtown Centre and Tillman Park to Downtown Fort Wayne via a 4.5-mile-long corridor through the heart of southeast Fort Wayne.

The Covington Road Trail

The Covington Road Trail will extend the existing trail from Hadley Road to Getz Road. This extension connects hundreds of homes to Time Corners and Covington Plaza. The Covington Road Trail Corridor will be over 5 miles long upon completion.

The "Golden Spike" section of the Pufferbelly Trail

The “Golden Spike” section of the Pufferbelly Trail will connect Ice Way to Glenbrook Square and then northward to Washington Center Road. This 1.8-mile section will allow trail users safe passage across Coliseum Boulevard and connect approximately  30 miles of trails north of Washington Center Road to over 85 miles of trails south of Coliseum Boulevard, creating a network of over 115 miles of interconnected trails.

The Northeast Trail

The Northeast Trail will extend the existing Maplecrest Trail north from Stellhorn Road to St. Joe Center Road connecting to the Mengerson Nature Preserve and the Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCA. This project will connect to the St. Joe Community Park and add over 1.5 miles of trail to the network.


If you have any additional questions about making a donation or donor recognition opportunities, please contact our Development Director at [email protected] or 260-969-0079.