BENEFITING: FORT WAYNE TRAILS INC
ORGANIZER: FORT WAYNE TRAILS INC
FORT WAYNE TRAILS INC wrote -
We celebrate an awesome 90 mile trail network, yet MANY neighborhoods and destinations are still unconnected.
Trails improve our community’s health, safety, economy, environment, desirability, accessibility, and quality of life.
Our government and community partners build and maintain most of our trail system, and the crux of it is that local donor support is necessary for many projects to be completed.
Even when federal dollars are available for trail projects, they require at least a 20% local match, most often supplied by FWT.
Foundations and companies look to our base of donors when making decisions – a diverse base of funding from individual donors is crucial to our continued success.
Fort Wayne Trails is a privately supported non-profit organization, receiving no operating dollars from government or any other umbrella organization.
Where do these funds go?
All donations are 100% tax deductible. 100% of donations go to Fort Wayne Trails.
We have priority projects in every quadrant of Allen County.
Our top fundraising priorities for 2016 are these:
(NW) Pufferbelly Phase from downtown to the zoo—this section has federal funding that will be lost unless we find matching funds.
(NE) IPFW to Shoaff Park/St. Joe Center Rd.
(SE) Six Mile Creek, Southtown Centre connection to Anthony Blvd.
(SW) Covington Trail, both to the west and to the east of the existing sections.
(Waynedale) Bluffton Road Trail.
How do my funds build a trail?
A new trail costs about $145/foot, or a base of $750,000 per mile up to $1mil per mile depending upon the terrain. While this is pricey, remember that trails save lives, elevate our entire region, and will be here for generations to come – every dollar spent is well worth it!
The cheapest time to build a new trail is always NOW. We can only imagine if we’d been able to build out our entire network at the cost of the Rivergreenway in the 1980’s. This drives us to relentlessly pursue the realization of the Fort Wayne Trails plan!