Greenways manager recommends two more additions to trail network

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) With spring at our fingertips, the Fort Wayne trail network continues to grow. “We want to connect as many neighborhoods with destinations as possible.”

Tuesday night city council approved two proposals by Greenways Manager Dawn Ritchie for two additions. The first is the third face of the Hanna Street trail.

“We’re extending the trail on Hanna from downtown where it will connect the bike lanes on Wayne and Berry all the way down to Tillman Park where it will connect with the Rivergreenway and ultimately over to Southtown Center,” she said.

A new section on the north side of Lake Avenue will also be added. The is the first of likely four phases, which includes a pedestrian bridge, from Lake to Hobson. “Ultimately this Lake Avenue trail will stretch from Randallia to Coliseum and eventually out to Reed Road.”

If you’re thinking this seems like a lot, you’re right. Fort Wayne just broke ground on a milestone for trails and isn’t stopping the momentum. “We had a great celebration last November for the 100th mile that was paved and we continue to expand our trail network.”

And it’s one of the best systems in the state, with even more trails than Indianapolis, connecting the community and promoting wellness. “People are demanding trails in their communities because they want to be connected.”

The vote last night was a preliminary approval last night but it was unanimous and officials say it’s likely that won’t change come time for the final vote.

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