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Indy Parks Gets New Trail, $7.3M

The Indianapolis Parks Foundation (IPF) recently announced that Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the foundation a grant of $7.3 million, the largest single donation in IPF's 20-year history. The funds will be used for critically needed capital projects in parks that serve primarily low-income residents.

Join Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Indy Parks & Recreation and the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association at the grand opening of a 1.2-mile soft loop trail at Southwestway Park open to hikers and mountain bikers.

The grand opening will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Southwestway Park, 8400 Mann Road. The trail is unique in its sustainability: The trail is the first soft-surface trail in the City of Indianapolis that has been built on contour using sustainable grades to achieve both a fantastic user experience and longevity by working with - and not against - the environment.

The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association worked with Indy Parks planning staff to design the trail. Thanks to them and the many volunteers who spent countless hours working to build the trail, the loop is now open for use during regular park hours from dawn to dusk. The trail features nine wooden bridges made of materials mostly paid for by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and donated by area businesses.

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