Lack of Trails in Southeast Fort Wayne

Published 04/25 2014 02:04PM

Updated 04/25 2014 02:34PM

The weather is finally starting to cooperate and people will be taking advantage of the nearly 100 miles of trails in the greater Fort Wayne area but some residents in the Southeast part of the city say they are being ignored claiming that there's a lack of trails in their part of town and they want to see that change.

WFFT's Charlie De Mar spoke with community organizers as well as city officials about what's being done to address the problem.

Leaders with the City of Fort Wayne are quick to advertise the more than 68 miles of multipurpose trails in the greater Fort Wayne area and 50 miles of interconnected trails but community members living on the city's southeast side say the path doesn't lead to the neighborhood.

Linda Brooks is leading the charge for change.  She called a meeting to hear what others are experiencing when it comes to trail access.

"There are trails everywhere in Fort Wayne, there's over 80 miles of trails but here in our inner city, we have less than 1 mile.  Actually I only counted 4 blocks, technically."

Dawn Ritchie is the Greenways Manager for the City of Fort Wayne.

"We haven't had a lot of input from the southeast side of Fort Wayne and I am hoping that the meeting will change that."

Ritchie says public input is instrumental in build new trails and paths, which is why she's hoping to work with these residents moving forward.

"I would really love to see more people from the southeast side of Fort Wayne contact the City of Fort Wayne.  Give us your ideas on where you would like to see more trails and sidewalks."

City Councilman Jon Shoaff says, "A lot of trail activity started with the rivers as we know, but we don't have a river out here so we have to bring trails out here in other ways."

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