Speedway Trails Paving Fund
The Speedway Trails Association (STA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer organization working to promote and assist the development of trails within the Town of Speedway, Indiana, for everyone from strollers to wheel chairs.
Our long term goal is for a 5-mile loop trail to be built around the town . Since being founded in 2007, significant progress has been made, but work and funding are still needed to complete our vision.
We are currently in need of $25,000 to purchase the remaining landed needed for the P&E Trail (Phase 1-B, along Crawfordsville Rd). This purchase will include the an access site with parking near the Chase Bank on Cunningham Dr.
In the spring of 2015, Phase 1-A of the P&E Trail was paved from the Main St trail head west to Lynhurst Dr. The number of people using the trail daily has been amazing. Prior to paving, only a handful of individuals would venture out to walk along the railroad bed that was the previous path. Now, countless people are jogging, cycling, walking dogs, and just enjoying this stretch of trail daily.
Once the trail west of Lynhurst is paved, Phase 1-A of the P&E Trail will be complete with 1.25-mi of paved off-street trail.
This is one quarter of our 5-mile loop that will link Speedway with trails throughout the Indianapolis metropolitan area. These trails provide a safe place for residents to exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and access alternative (green!) commuting options. Visitors will have the ability to easily tour town on foot or bicycle.
Along with the P&E Trail, the Main Street bike trail and upgraded side walks are currently in place. This work was completed by the Speedway Redevelopment Commission with significant input from STA. Their recognition of the importance of trails has also helped to spur the Town of Speedway to begin the planning stages for the B&O Trail stretch it will maintain (yellow line on the map). This will be part trail envisioned to cross west centrail Indiana, from downtown Indianpolis out to Montezuma, near Rockville.
(B&O Trail along south side of Leonard Park)
We are also working to negotiate reclaiming the right-of-way needed for Phase 1-B of the P&E Trail (red line on the map). The final stretch of trail is the Eagle Creek levy on the west side of town. This will be part of the Eagle Creek Trail being built by the City of Indianapolis, from Eagle Creek Park on 56th St, south through Speedway and connecting with the White River Trail at the Eli Lilly Preserve near Raymond and Harding Streets.
(Eagle Creek levy, looking south from 21st St)
Seeing the growth & support of the trail has been amazing. Any assistance to continue expanding the trail not only supports STA, but trail users and the community as a whole. Thank you for using the trails and realizing the vision to turn a loose connection of railroad beds and dirt paths into a wonderful, vibrant part of Speedway!
Since most people viewing this campaign are from around Speedway, please help us spread the word that we have the best parking for Turn 1 at track. And if you would like to help out by volunteering a few hours to direct cars into the trailside parking please contact us. We are also looking to meet more friends of the trail!
The fund raising for this year is likely to go to paving the stretch of the P&E Trail west of Lynhurst Dr. Unfortunately the planned acquisition of land for a trailhead to the future trail section along Eagle Creek (near the development at the intersection Crawfordsville & High School Roads) is on hold. While the early negotiations for this land looked promising, the current owners decided to hold onto it for the time being. We still may be able to develop a pocket park in the area, but our focus has turned back to the original goal of this campaign and pave the rest of the current P&E Trail.
If you are interested in volunteering or parking cars during the month of May our schedule is below, along with a map for entry into the parking area.
Saturday, May 13. Grand Prix of Indianapolis, $20
Saturday, May 20. Indianapolis 500 Qualification, $20
Friday, May 26. Carb Day, $40
Saturday, May 27. Legends Day, $20
Sunday, May 28. 101st Indianapolis 500, $40
It has been some time since an update is posted. We have some exciting news though. Progress continues on acquiring land for the trailhead near in the intersection of Cunningham & Crawfordsville Rd. This trailhead will allow for parking and access to the far west end of the trail along the Eagle Creek Reservoir.
While it may be cold, hearty runners, walkers, and cyclists have not been deterred. While out and about I continue to see people making use of the trail, especially the P&E Trail section along Crawfordsville Rd. It is great to see our trail bringing people out and travelling through the community year round.
If you made a New Years Resolution to complete a 5k, you can do so on the trail and support Speedway Trails. The third Hops and Flip Flops 5k will be held on Saturday, August 19. A portion of proceeds from the event are donate to Speedway Trails.
As we move through 2017 regular updates will be posted to this page for events happening involving Speedway Trails, and progress on trail expansion. Remember to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SpeedwayTrails/
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As you can guess from the name, this is a pet friendly event that will include a costume contest, photographer, and various vendors. Thank you to Homeward Bound Pet Memorial Service for organizing this even which will benefit Speedway Trails.
Bring your pets and come out to support the trails. We will have a tent, and dog treats. So stop by to say hello and find out more about Speedway Trails!
Later this month we have a pair of events on Speedway Trails in a single day. On Saturday, August 27 the Hops & Flip Flops 5k will be held in the morning. Later that afternoon, the Indiana Racing Memorial Association will be placing a marker in honor of A.J. Watson along the P&E Trail.
Racemaker Press who organizes the Hops & Flip Flops 5k is friend of the trails. And the P&E trail is highlighted along the course. Racemaker Press, along with Speedway Running Club, organize the event and a portion of the entry fee is donated to Speedway Trails. We are hoping for an even larger turnout than last year. You can follow the link below to register-
The Indiana Racing Memorial Association is a non-profit which recognizes the people and places that have made Indiana the racing capital of the world. Being the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, our town is one of those places and home to those people. One of them being A.J. Watson who build several Indianapolis 500 winning cars. Watson's marker will be placed along the P&E Trail just past the round-a-bout.
In other news, we have a new picnic table. The nice shady spot on the P&E near Cord Street is a great place to take a break on hot day. The new picnic table should make the spot even more enjoyable. Thank you to Anthony & Jessica for donating and assembling the picnic table!
We will keep this page posted with more updates of happenings on the trails. Also remember to like us on facebook for more news & pictures - https://www.facebook.com/speedwaytrails. If you use Instgram, use the hashtag #speedwaytrails for any photos you post from the trails!