Is Greenway Funding in Danger?
Is the Greenway an important element in the revitalization of downtown New Albany?
The Monon Trail in Indianapolis is an example of a successful greenway project. It is interesting to note that it started as a grassroots effort. Since the mid-1980's 10.5 miles of abandoned Monon railbed have been developed into a recreational trail. The Monon Trail connects with other greenways, including the 5-mile Monon Greenway of Carmel and the White River Trail.
A study done in Sept and Oct of 2000 counted 45,000 to 55,000 users per month and found that trail users will:
come after work and on weekends
come for fitness and exercise for an hour or more
walk, bike, run, skate
be mostly upper-middle class and between 26 and 55
mostly drive to the trail
For more details from the study use the following link and click on Presentation Materials, and then Trail Study Presentation.
The Monon Trail has been good for businesses that have located near the trail entrances. There have been some problems with crime on the trail and some homeowners have objected to having a greenway near their property but overall the project appears to be a great asset.