The city of Fort Wayne is celebrating the opening of its newest public trail segments. The additional 2.2 miles bring the total length of the Pufferbelly Trail to just over six miles. The city says the two new segments connect some 1,900 residents within a half-mile radius of the trail to more than 200 businesses and organizations.
The full scope of the Pufferbelly Trail reaches destinations including Science Central, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Foellinger Theatre, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, the SportOne Parkview Icehouse and Fieldhouse, Glenbrook Commons and Mall and the city’s riverfront.
Mayor Tom Henry says "the growth of our trails network continues to position Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana as leaders in providing quality of life amenities for residents, businesses, and guests. I’m encouraged by the collaboration we’ve been experiencing as we invest in projects that will have a lasting and meaningful impact. High-performing partnerships are making a positive difference in our community."
The four segments of Pufferbelly, which are cost $10.3 million and included $1.8 million from the state’s Regional Cities Initiative. It is part of the Poka-Bache Connector, an 81-mile trail that will connect Ouabache State Park in Bluffton to Pokagon State Park in Angola.