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Bike and Pedestrian Trail Network Summit, June 23

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

By Chris Owens
Indiana Park & Recreation Association

The Monon Community Center in Carmel will serve as host for the second annual Bike and Pedestrian Trail Network Summit on Saturday, June 23, 2012. The Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana Park and Recreation Association, the Greenways Foundation, the Indiana State Department of Health and National Park Service will collaborate to organize the event.

IPRA LogoLast year’s summit included representatives from 16 trails groups, 9 communities and 9 agencies and organizations from all over the state of Indiana. Mayor Jim Brainard of Carmel will attend the event as the welcoming speaker. Mayor Brainard also attended last year’s event and emphasized that trails add value to a community and provide a safe means for biking, walking and running for individuals and families. He also emphasized that trails add quality-of-life making it more valuable in the eyes of companies who are looking for a community in which to locate.

Attendees will discuss and share information on topics including: trail development, fencing and recreational use statues, accessibility issues, trails trends, maintenance solutions, and trail innovations. Trails are a vital part of not only existing communities but emerging ones as well. Hoosiers are fortunate that more than 90% of the state has trail access within seven miles or 15 minutes from their home. This group seeks to help improve those statistics as well as increasing awareness of the positive impact on conservation and wellness that trails provide.

The group will present a special award to a representative from the office of Governor Mitch Daniels to honor his administration’s support of trails through the Hoosiers on the Move – Indiana State Trails, Greenways and Bikeways Plan.

The group has pledged to gather annually to meet and share ideas. For further information, or to be included on the contact list for the event, please call the Indiana Park and Recreation Association office at 317-573-4035.