More about 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.  Ultimately it would extend downstream to Indianapolis, connecting with trails in Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel, and Fishers.  To the east, it would connect to the Cardinal Greenway and via this trail to trails in Henry County and Richmond.

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
  • Improved water quality2015 canoe trip pic 1
  • 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.