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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– -You can get a sneak peek at the future world-class greenways system in Indianapolis and even give your input.

Indy Parks and the Department of Public Works are holding a series of public meetings all around the city. It will give people an opportunity to voice their opinions on where improvements are needed. Attendees will also be able to see a presentation on the plans that are already in place.

The goal is to sustain current trails and expand the overall system of trails, said Scott Manning with the Office of Sustainability.

Some trails are already being expanded.

Manning gave some examples;

Fall Creek trail is being extended from Skiles Test Nature Park to Fort Harrison State Park. Construction will be done in the fall of this year.

The White River trail is being extended south from the zoo to Raymond Street. Construction will be finished on that extension late this fall.

The Eagle Creek Trail will be extended from 56th and Reed Road to downtown. The extension of about 12 miles will connect Eagle Creek Park to downtown.  The trail will be in design in the spring of next year. Construction will begin next summer and the trail should be done in mid-2015.

The Pennsy Trail will be extended from Irvington to Cumberland on the east side. That project will be going into design next year.

The meetings are being held to determine what will enhance the city’s current trails system, in terms of access, environmental stewardship, and economic growth for the city.

“We’re always trying to find more green space and we`re always trying to build out our trail network. We have just more than 45 miles of greenway right now but over the next 24 months, thanks to the Rebuild Indy Initiative and the transportation program that (Mayor) Ballard announced, we have an opportunity to really aggressively build out more of these trails,” said Manning.

Indy Parks and the Department of Public Works are seeking public input on the preliminary recommendations. The meetings will be held in an open-house format from 6-8 p.m. A formal presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m.   

Meeting information:

Tuesday, August 20:  Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Thursday, August 22: Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road

Tuesday, August 27: Municipal Gardens, 1831 Lafayette Road

Wednesday, August 28: Post Road Park, 1313 S. Post Road

Thursday, August 29: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive

If you’re not able to make it to one of the meetings, there is a survey online where you can go through and answer questions about your experiences with the greenways. Click here to take the survey.

For more information on the greenways plan, click here.