• Grant Awarded from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ “Rails to Trails” Program

    Members of the Upland Area Greenways Association

    (PC: Carolyn Guebert)

    (December 18, 2017)
    A $200,000 grant, which requires a $50,000 match from the town, will be used to establish a trail head and one mile stretch of greenway.  This grant is a result of a partnership between the Town of Upland, The Upland Area Greenways, and the William Taylor Foundation of Taylor University with the Upland Area Greenways Association and the William Taylor Foundation providing the land that will meet the $50,000 required match.

    The trail head will be located at the southeast corner of the Main Street bridge across from Upland Tire and includes a one mile trail that will head east and then south along the William Taylor Foundation land border.   The trail will accomplish the following objectives:

    1. Enhanced quality of life,
    2. Enhanced recreation opportunities, and,
    3. Provision of a safe place to run, walk, bicycle on a path that is closed to motor traffic.

    We believe the establishment of this trail demonstrates Upland’s commitment to attract great people and organizations to consider our wonderful community. The grounds upon which the trail head and one-mile trail will be constructed provide a beautiful setting and we believe this project can be a prelude to additional trail and local development.

    Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2018.

    The mission of the Upland Area Greenways Association is, “To work in concert with all Town of Upland councils, organizations, and entities to enhance the quality of life in Upland by closing the gap in the Cardinal Greenway and by providing exceptional local walking and bike riding trails that create a walkable community, promote healthy living, provide better safety for the public, and improve the opportunity to attract the next generation to Upland.”

    Our Town Council President, John Bonham as added his enthusiasm to this new development:  “It is exciting to consider that Upland is joining the growing list of communities that will have access to a greenway. We are confident the trail and greenway will be a wonderful blessing for our hometown and provides additional evidence that the Town of Upland is poised for more great improvements.”

    Thanks to each one of you for helping to make this mission come to life for our community!

    Ron Sutherland, President
    Upland Area Greenways Association

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