New Albany Renewal

New Albany Renewal is intended to serve as a repository for ideas relevant to preserving and restoring historic buildings, cleaning up neighboorhoods, revitalizing downtown, and improving the quality of life in New Albany, Indiana.

Location: New Albany, Indiana

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Is Greenway Funding in Danger?

Recent news stories suggest that Federal dollars for the Ohio River Greenway project have not been included in the early version of the budget.

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
be satisfied

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.


Blogger Brandon W. Smith said...

As a follow-up, here is a link to the CJ story:

Greeway not part of Bush's BudgetThe story indicates that our local reps seem confident that the funding will be put in....however there are some comments about the cost/benefit value of the project.

When will our leaders get it through their heads that quality of life/uniqueness of locality attracts and retains the people necessary for economic success? A completed Greenway project would be a tremendous asset to the region.

2:10 PM  
Blogger edward parish said...

I heard a rumor from a neighbor who is "in the know" that there are discussions under way of paving the whole the Greenway for auto traffic instead of just foot/bike path. That would be horrible if it is true. But would it not surprise any of us.

8:18 PM  
Blogger All4Word said...

Ed, you may well be right about that, although I understand the city is committed to keeping it closed to all traffic even if it is paved for motor-vehicle use.

This is something we need to keep an eye and ear on, though. I'm curious as to whose interests are served by making it a vehicle path. Except for emergency access, I can't think of any legitimate reason for it.

12:09 PM  

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