FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Ground was broken Tuesday on what will be an extension of one of Fort Wayne’s trails that will eventually connect residents who live southwest with businesses in the Village of Coventry shopping center.  The ceremony took place at the Liberty Mills Church of the Nazarene located just east of the intersection of Liberty Mills and Homestead Roads.

Photo of groundbreaking ceremony for trail expansion provided by the City of Fort Wayne

The half-mile long phase of the trail directly connects more than 300 residents along Liberty Mills Road and more than 2,000 residents who live within a half-mile walking distance of the trail.

“Many residents use this trail for exercise and recreation, but we know a growing number of residents are relying on our trails as a safe way to connect to area businesses and other destinations,” said Dawn Ritchie, Greenways and Trails director for the City of Fort Wayne. “This gets us closer to connecting residents to amenities they access on a daily basis. Things like a grocery, pharmacy, restaurants, a library and a higher education institution.”

Funding for the construction of this project comes from the Coventry Lane Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. This district consists primarily of the Kroger Marketplace located in the Village of Coventry.