November 2005

Hendricks County Partner for Vandalia Trail

The well-established Hendricks County Trail Development Association (HCTDA) recently expanded its efforts to promote greenways in the county by offering to administer grants that are awarded for upgrade of the 3-mile Vandalia Trail between the towns of Amo and Coatesville in southwest Hendricks County. HCTDA is a not-for-profit organization with IRS 501(c)(3) status that was established in 1993. Its mission is to promote, develop, and maintain, a network of non-motorized transportation corridors in Hendricks County. HCTDA, in partnership with the B&O Trail Association, has been instrumental in raising significant funding for and awareness of the potential for the B&O Trail across the northern part of the county and is poised for significant visible progress there in the near future.

For the Vandalia Trail, HCTDA will fill the role of fiscal agent for a series of grants being requested from various foundations to upgrade the rustic hiking trail for improved bicycle access, equestrian access, security, and amenities in general. Three grant applications have already been submitted for 2006 with several others planned for submittal in early 2006.

HCTDA joins the existing partnership of National Road Heritage Trail, Inc, Indiana Trails Fund, the towns of Amo and Coatesville and the Amo-Coatesville Sewer Conservancy in this endeavor to enhance the quality of life in southern Hendricks County.