INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Within the business of INdiana) – Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. announced that the Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation is granting a US $ 1 million grant to support the development of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. The $ 30 million project is slated to add two miles of trail to the eight mile trail.
The nonprofit says the project is expected to be completed in 2022.
“The past year has highlighted the vital role the Indianapolis Cultural Trail plays in promoting physical and mental wellbeing by providing our community with access to free, accessible, and safe open spaces,” said Kären Haley, Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail , Inc. “This generous investment from the Lilly Foundation will enable even more people to use the trail and better connect the thriving neighborhoods of our city.”
The planning work is currently underway and construction is scheduled to start this summer.
“The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is a real treasure for our community,” said Tiffany Benjamin, president of the Lilly Foundation. “More than ever, it is the key to maintaining the health and vitality of our residents and visitors – and will play an even greater role as we all work to recover socially, physically and economically from the pandemic. The Lilly Foundation is proud to be part of the public-private partnership that supports the journey and the broad cultural, economic and community benefits it brings.
Earlier this month the nonprofit first announced project plans and a $ 20 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. of Indianapolis.
The expansion comprises two different segments:
- Indiana Avenue / 10th Street – The Indiana Avenue extension connects directly to the Madam Walker Legacy Center on Indiana Avenue and continues north to 10th Street. Then head east on 10th Street to the planned bridge that will lead to the 16 Tech Innovation District.
- South Street – The South Street extension brings the Indianapolis Cultural Trail from New Jersey Street to Capitol Avenue. The new section will also connect downtown to the nearby Southside and Stadium Village neighborhoods.