Peoria Eastern Rail Trail - Speedway
The Speedway Trail Corridor, a new recreational area in the town of Speedway, was dedicated in a ceremony led by Gov. Mike Pence today, the day before the country celebrates National Trails Day, June 7.
After the ceremony, Pence led attendees in “Walk a Mile with Mike” on the trail.
“It is really a joy to be with all of you today and to celebrate and dedicate this important contribution to the trails of Indiana,” Pence said. “We actually have, in total numbers, 3,000 miles of trails all across the state of Indiana, and today is making a significant contribution to that.”
The trail covers 1.3 miles running northwest from the corner of 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road along the south side of Crawfordsville Road (also Hulman Memorial Way) and ends near the intersection with Cunningham Drive.
Pence said the state hopes to have a trail within 5 miles of every Hoosier, and that Indiana already is more than 90 percent of the way toward meeting that goal.
A recent redevelopment of Speedway’s Main Street included a separate bike path, which will connect with the new trail. Combined with the planned extensions of the B&O Trail and the Eagle Creek Trail, this corridor would help create a 5-mile trail loop through Speedway.
"Expanding trails and recreational opportunities in Indiana is a great way to celebrate 200 years of statehood," said Becky Skillman, co-chair of the 2016 Bicentennial Commission and former lieutenant governor. “We look forward to many more celebrations like today’s as we build toward 2016.”
The Speedway Trail Association took title to the property in a transaction that closed in April. The Department of Natural Resources holds a conservation easement ensuring public access and permanent protection.
"We are so thankful to the many friends and partners that helped make this day a reality," said Beverly Katterhenry of the Speedway Trails Association. "We know this trail will be an incredible resource for the Speedway community."
The 7.9 acres of land for the trail was acquired with funds from the Bicentennial Nature Trust (BNT), Indiana Heritage Trust, Speedway Redevelopment Commission, and a charitable bargain sale of land. Formerly the Peoria and Eastern Railroad, the area was abandoned by Conrail in the 1980s. The federal Recreational Trails Program administered by DNR has committed $150,000 to complete development of the trail.