NASHVILLE, Ind. – Brown County residents whove spent a decade planning a hiking trail through the tourist town of Nashville have received a $60,000 grant from Meijer stores for the paths next section.
The Meijer familys donation will help build a 1.1-mile stretch of Salt Creek Trail from Nashvilles YMCA to the southern Indiana towns Eagle Park.
The first segment of the trail, covering three-quarters of a mile, opened in November to hikers, runners and bicyclists, the Herald-Times of Bloomington reported.
Salt Creek Trail Committee Vice President Tom Tuley said the Meijer donation comes just in time for the group to obtain another $50,000 through a Howard Hughes Legacy Challenge Grant from the Brown County Foundation. That grant was issued in March with a stipulation that it be matched before the end of 2013.
So this $60,000 instantly turns into $110,000. And thats big money for us, Tuley said in a statement.
The donation will be combined with $400,000 left from a Department of Natural Resources grant, and he expects an additional grant, this one for $600,000, from the state Department of Transportation grant to complete the next segment.
Salt Creek Trail will eventually run 3.7 miles through Nashville to connect residents and tourists to hotels, a grocery store, Brown County State Park and the local YMCA.
Tuley said the trail has advanced slowly largely because of the time it takes to get permits for the many state agencies involved, the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies.