City of Westfield expands trails system

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Mayor Andy Cook in front of where the Anna Kendall Bridge will be built. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Mayor Andy Cook in front of where the Anna Kendall Bridge will be built. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

By Anna Skinner

When the City of Westfield sold their water utility to Citizens last year, it profited with $90 million. The city put some of the funds towards retiring bonds and lowering debt, but remaining money will aid in infrastructure projects like expanding trail systems, paving, and constructing roundabouts.

On April 14, Mayor Andy Cook pointed out where a specific bridge would be built to connect the Monon Trail to Grand Park and Monon Trail Elementary School. The bridge, called the Anna Kendall, is located right off the Monon on the south side of Ind. 32 to the east of Oak Ridge Road.

“The Monon will branch off and go straight north and join the existing Monon on Wheeler Road,” Cook said. “The Monon goes up to Grand Park, Monon Trail Elementary School, and by the end of next year it will go to Sheridan. This connects Grand Park with Westfield, Carmel, and Indianapolis.”

There is currently 12 miles worth of trails through Westfield.

“We are passionate about trails in Westfield,” Cook said. “Westfield has consistently been identified as one of the best communities in Indiana for young families who want to stay active and healthy. Maintaining and expanding our trails system provides these folks with plenty of opportunities to do just that.”

Know more

Scheduled trail connections include:

● 161st Street on north side between Oak Ridge and Spring Mill roads.

● Carey Road on east side just south of Walnut Ridge.

● 156th Street on north side in front of Springdale Farms.

● 156th Street southwest corner of Oak Ridge intersection.

● 169th Street on south side from Oak Ridge Road to the Monon Trail.

● David Brown on north side from Monon Trail to South Union Street.

 


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