April 25, 2022

New round of grants will build 77 miles of trails across Indiana

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Once the funded projects are completed, the three rounds of Gov. Eric Holcomb's Next Level Trails Grants will have helped create nearly 200 miles of trails across Indiana. - FILE PHOTO: Justin Hicks/IPB News

Once the funded projects are completed, the three rounds of Gov. Eric Holcomb's Next Level Trails Grants will have helped create nearly 200 miles of trails across Indiana.

FILE PHOTO: Justin Hicks/IPB News

Local governments and nonprofit groups in nearly 40 communities across Indiana are getting money to help build out trail systems.

The newest round of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Trails Grants totals $60 million and will help create 77 miles of trails across the state, many connected to existing trail systems.

In a statement, Holcomb called the projects “quality of life investments” that connect communities and improve mental and physical well-being.

 

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The first two rounds of grants – which began in 2019 – were paid for by a new lease for the Indiana Toll Road. The newest grants are paid for by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, last year’s COVID-19 stimulus bill.

Those three rounds of grants will have helped create nearly 200 miles of trails across Indiana.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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