Statewide Trail Map 2016 (PDF, 11.3 MB)
Greenways Foundation Membership Benefits Package (PDF, 1.6 MB)
We will highlight accomplishments in trail development, including our grants to trail organizations, and recognize some outstanding leaders of the trails movement in Indiana. (You can nominate those leaders!) All proceeds from our Annual Luncheon will go toward helping us continue our mission of working to promote the growth, enhancement, and use of all trails and greenways in Indiana.
Register today to attend the luncheon so that you can celebrate our 2018 award recipients and learn more about trail development in Indiana. Sponsorship opportunities for the luncheon are available. We hope you’ll plan to join us!
Along the south shore of Lake Michigan, an exciting trail initiative is coming together. The Marquette Greenway represents a bold, off-road trail vision from the south side of the City of Chicago, to the City of New Buffalo, Michigan for a total span of 58 miles when completed. To date, nearly half of these planned miles have been either built or funded for imminent development. The route touches Lake Michigan directly in Chicago, Hammond, Whiting, Michigan City & New Buffalo, and provides dozens of prime connections to the lakeshore throughout.
The Marquette Greenway will represent an unparalleled multi-use trail experience, traversing through a geographically and socio-economically diverse landscape. It will connect a population of 192,600 residents within a mile and a half of the trail (including 60,000 who are employed within the corridor), to recreational facilities, scenic landscapes, and economic opportunities.
However, connections to the Marquette Greenway are not simply local in nature. Connections to the trail are extensive and cross multiple state boundaries, linking with the 530-mile Grand Illinois Trail from the west; the Burnham Greenway, Erie-Lackawanna Trail, and Dunes-Kankakee Trail from the south; and the Harbor Country Trail network from the east. Taken together, these additional connections link to a population base of well over nine million people.
In the fall of 2017, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) applied for a federal TIGER grant for $24 million to complete the remaining 30 miles of the route. The application involved three states and twelve municipal jurisdictions, including the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Despite support from over 70 public and private stakeholders, the grant was not funded in the latest round. However, Congress will soon be announcing another TIGER round, and NIRPC intends to re-apply. In the meantime, interest in finishing the trail remains strong among all entities.
For more details about the Marquette Greenway and the TIGER application, as well as trails throughout Northwest Indiana, please visit NIRPC’s Greenways & Blueways site at www.nirpc.org/2040-plan/transportation/greenways-blueways/.
When you shop at Kroger, a portion of the dollars you spend can go directly to the Greenways Foundation to help support the work we do to create trails and greenways in Indiana.
The Kroger Community Rewards Program donates to the not-for-profit of your choice when you shop using your Kroger Plus card. Simply visit the Kroger Community Rewards web site page to register, or to create a Kroger Plus account so that your purchases benefit the Greenways foundation.
When you log into your Kroger Plus account, you can choose to enroll in Community Rewards. Please choose the Greenways Foundation and enter our qualified organization number (which is 30992), then start shopping, knowing your purchases support trails in Indiana!