Mayor Henry recently joined City of Fort Wayne staff, representatives from Fort Wayne Trails, and community and neighborhood leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony for phase one of the Six Mile Creek Trail.
The trail will start with a nearly one-mile trail expansion from South Phoenix Parkway at Southtown Centre to the intersection of Tillman Road and Lemar Drive. While this is only phase one of the Six Mile Creek Trail, when the full, multi-phase trail is complete, it will contribute significantly to connectivity in the community by providing a 26-mile continuous loop linking Moser Park in New Haven, Fort Wayne’s Rivergreenway, and the Six Mile Creek Trail.
This first phase is an investment of $1.67 million covering design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction by local contractor, Brooks Construction. The majority of funding comes from the federal government through the Northeast Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC), with $376,200 coming from a local match. A $100,000 donation by Fort Wayne Trails is part of the $376,200, with the remaining portion coming from the City of Fort Wayne.
Future phases of the trail will run east along Tillman Road to the Trier Ditch, which was historically known as the Six Mile Creek. The remainder of the loop route is still being planned but will generally follow the Trier Ditch to Moser Park and the New Haven Community Center where it will connect to the eastern end of the Rivergreenway in New Haven. When completed, the Six Mile Creek Trail will connect with four New Haven parks and several residential neighborhoods in southeast Fort Wayne.
Investing in trails is critical to the current and future success of our community and region. It’s great to see trail development in southeast Fort Wayne as we continue our commitment to enhancing quality of life amenities that make our City a point of destination for individuals, families, and businesses.
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