Officials from the city of Noblesville and Hamilton County have broken ground on the final segment of the Riverwalk trail project. Construction on the segment, which is part of the project’s third phase, will begin later this month and is expected to be complete next year.
The third phase of the Riverwalk project connects the two previously-completed portions behind the city’s Judicial Center and also joins with the city’s southern portion extension. The city says the third phase will also include the Hamilton County Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
"As in many communities, trails are definitely a popular amenity in our city," said Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear. "The Riverwalk Phase III will provide pedestrians and bicyclists the opportunity to travel from downtown into Forest Park without using streets while enjoying the beauty of the White River and downtown Noblesville. We’re also excited for the opportunity this will create for even more river activation in the future."
The city says the Riverwalk project began as an idea from Hamilton County Commissioner Steve Dillinger in 2000. Construction on the first phase began in 2008.
"I never envisioned the Riverwalk taking 17 years when we started out, but it’s exciting to see it finally coming together," said Dillinger. "With the Riverwalk and Federal Hill Commons opening in 2017, downtown Noblesville is getting the kind of entrance it deserves."