Indiana non-profit seeks public support for Fall Creek Greenway extension

Indy’s Urban Wilderness is working to generate public support to seek grant funding to extend the Fall Creek Greenway from Lee Road at 63rd Street to the Upper Loop Trail at Geist Crossing.

The non-profit organization is meeting at AJ’s Bar and Grill, located at 9755 Fall Creek Rd., at 6 p.m. Tuesday to explain how the Next Level Trail grant process works and bolster public support for the project.

The Next Level Trails grant program comes from Gov. Holcomb’s statewide infrastructure program meant to foster collaboration to accelerate trail connections. The year marks the fourth round of the NLT grant program, which has made $30 million available for these projects.

Applications to the NLT grant program begin July 1 and must be submitted by August 1.

Last year: Final Fall Creek Trail extension underway in Indianapolis, connecting to White River Trail

The grant program splits applications into larger regional projects and smaller local projects.

Indy’s Urban Wilderness’s website says the idea of extending the Fall Creek Greenway is to create connectivity in Marion County. The first segment of the Fall Creek Greenway was constructed in the 1990s, and new segments have been developed section by section since then.

The current greenway runs 18.5 miles from downtown to Fort Harrison State Park. Once the project is fully completed, it will be the “longest continuous multi-modal pathway in Marion County, spanning 24.5 miles,” the website says.

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This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Fall Creek Greenway: Non-profit hopes to win state grant for extension