Westfield Opens Monon Trail Kiosk

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(photo courtesy City of Westfield) (photo courtesy City of Westfield)

The city of Westfield and Hamilton County Tourism have opened a new interactive kiosk at the Monon Trailhead on East Greyhound Pass and the Monon Trail. The first-of-its-kind kiosk in Hamilton County includes several safety features for trail users.  

City of Westfield staff designed the kiosk over a two-year period with features including surveillance and emergency dispatch capability, along with a function to report maintenance requests, a photobooth and a guided search for local features. 

“This project is an example of Westfield’s commitment to being a forward-thinking community,” said City of Westfield Informatics Project Manager Sam Rivard. “We took this opportunity to think beyond the ‘norm.’ For example, a huge component of the installation is a means to provide trail surveillance in order to deter crime and access to emergency dispatch at the touch of a button.”  

The kiosk's surveillance system covers a 200-feet radius of the trail and is equipped with a phone that directly connects to emergency dispatch. Weather updates are also provided along with an override feature in case of severe weather. The city plans to install other kiosks along the trail, including at the trailhead at 161st Street and the new pedestrian bridge at State Road 32. 

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