Mounds Greenway

 Ride for the Mounds 2016

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Read our Mounds Greenway Economic, Health, and Environmental Benefits study.

View the study summary and the complete technical analysis here.

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Mounds Greenway Notes: A periodic look at new developments in the Mounds Greenway initiative and an overview of trails and greenways as sources of sustainable conservation, recreation and creators of economic opportunity. To stay in touch with Mounds Greenway, sign up for our newsletter or follow our social media networks.  Read our May 2016 blog post.

 

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Read HEC’s summary of greenways, trails and blueways case studies from across the country.

 

Recent media coverage on the Mounds Greenway

Read the news from HEC’s Mounds Greenway forum in Yorktown.

Read about our most recent community forums in Muncie and Anderson (1) (2).

More Greenway coverage here in the Anderson Herald-Bulletin and Muncie Star.

 

The Mounds Greenway

The Mounds Greenway is a sustainable plan for conservation, recreation and economic opportunity along the West Fork White River.

THE MOUNDS GREENWAY PLAN

The Mounds Greenway would be a linear park along the White River with boundaries that generally follow the river’s flood plain (approximately 2,300 acres) and would provide a trail connection from the western limit of the Muncie White River greenway to the eastern limit of the Anderson White River trail.

The proposed greenway plan would protect the free-flowing White River and riparian habitats along the river, which includes hardwood forests and wetlands.  It would also preserve Mounds State Park as well as local parks such as the Rangeline Preserve, Walbridge Acres, David Shellabarger Park, and Morrow’s Meadows.

The Greenway would include picnic areas, river access sites, trailheads and parking at each terminus (as well as at Chesterfield, Daleville, and Yorktown), and an interpretive center at Rangeline Preserve.

BENEFITS OF GREENWAYS AND TRAILS

There are many benefits of greenways and trails including:

  • Protected wildlife habitats
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  • Flood control
  • Economic benefits
    • Outdoor recreation and tourism
    • Enhanced property values
    • Entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Quality of life
    • Quality of life plays a key role in business location decisions and in the choices of people deciding where to live and work.
  • Healthier lifestyles

Looking at advantages specific to Indiana, there are many economic and recreational benefits to expanding green spaces.  In fact, in the Hoosier state over 1.1 million people participate in trail-based recreation; 1.3 million participate in bicycling; nearly 600,000 take part in non-motorized water sports which includes canoeing and kayaking; nearly 780,000 people fish in Indiana every year; and 1.5 million people take part in wildlife watching activities.  Wildlife watchers spent $751 million in Indiana in 2011, on trip-related expenditures and equipment costs.

Potential Greenway funding sources

There are a number of potential funders for the Mounds Greenway, including: Indiana Heritage Trust, Bicentennial Nature Trust, Recreational Trails Fund, Farm Bill conservation programs, and land trusts, as well as private foundations.

 

Support for the Mounds Greenway

Heart of the River

Robert Cooper Audubon Society

Indiana Forest Alliance

Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter

Citizens Action Coalition

South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society

Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society

Friends of White River

White River Watchers

League of Women Voters of Muncie-Delaware County

League of Women Voters of Anderson

Ball State University Council on the Environment

Indiana Division of the Izaak Walton League of America

Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association

INDYCOG

White River Heritage Trail

Indiana Rivers

F.I.S.H. (Fishable Indiana Streams for Hoosiers)

Evoke Arts & Media

Growing Places Indy

Earth Charter Indiana

Indiana Parks Alliance

Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light

Ball State University Natural Resources Club

Mid-Indiana Trails (MINT), a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association

Raintree Cycling Club

Muncie-Delaware Clean & Beautiful 

White River Alliance

Carmel/Clay Board of Parks and Recreation

 

Business support

Anderson Bicycle Shop

Hardin’s Bike Shop

Doug Berky Theatre

Park Place Arts

Kirk’s Bike Shop

Greenway 500 Bike Shop

Timberline Valley RV Resort

ADA Consultants of Indiana

EXC Computer Consulting, LLC

Dairy Queen of Chesterfield

Canoe Country

Goldman’s Bike Shop

1 Smith Street LLC

Lehman’s of Muncie

Jack’s Camera Shop (Muncie)

Tribune Showprint

 

 

Individuals 

Ray R. Irvin, former Director, INDOT Bikeways and Greenways; former Administrator, Indy Parks Greenways and Bikeways

 

To learn more about the Mounds Greenway, please use the links below:

CLICK HERE to read the Mounds Greenway – White River Conservation Area description.

CLICK HERE to view Mounds Greenway conceptual plans.

CLICK HERE to read the Case for the Mounds Greenway.

 

 

 

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