The city of Beech Grove will Friday cut the ribbon on its first greenway and trail system. The $2.6 million Franciscan Trail includes more than 2 miles of walking and biking routes and four new bridges.
The city says the trail begins at the former Franciscan Health Beech Grove hospital site and is anchored by trailheads at Sarah T. Bolton Park, Don Challis Park, the end of 4th Street, and the intersection of 16th and Albany streets.
“A greenway system through our beautiful community has been a long-term goal for decades, and I’m proud we were able to come together in a bipartisan way to build a trail that residents will enjoy for generations,” Mayor Dennis Buckley said in written remarks. “Not only does it connect our parks and boost the overall health of our community, the trail shows off the natural beauty of Beech Grove.”
The trail was established through a public-private partnership involving the city, Mishawaka-based Franciscan Alliance, and state and federal agencies. Funding was provided by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Indiana Department of Transportation.
The city says it received nearly $1.9 million last month to extend the trail an additional 1.1 miles, though a timeline for the expansion was not provided.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday.