Crews have broken ground on the first phase of a multi-use trail project. Mayor John Ditslear says the $800,000 section of the Midland Trace Trail will connect the city with Westfield and is part of an ongoing effort to make Noblesville more walkable.
Ditslear says Noblesville’s trail system has become "the arteries pumping life throughout our community" and helps people be active and get where they need to go without a car.
Westfield completed its 3.75-mile portion of the trail in November. That portion will continue to expand west to connect with the Monon Trail.
The trail project follows along the abandoned Midland Central Railway Corridor south of State Road 32. The city says the first phase will provide trail access to several current and developing housing divisions, Hazel Dell Elementary School and the Field of Dreams baseball park.
“This area will be unlike any other location on the Midland," says Ditslear. "The trailhead will include restrooms, a water fountain, parking, benches and a bike repair and air station."
As part of the effort, the Noblesville Police Department is also enhancing its Bike Patrol coverage. The city says the team of 15 officers will allow people to safely use dozens of miles of trails where vehicles cannot travel.