STA to Apply for Grant

(posted Apr 10)

The Speedway Trails Association will spend $3,500 to use a consultant to apply for grant money to develop trails in the Speedway area. The first area of focus for trail development is the abandoned Conrail corridor along Crawfordsville Road.

STA President Beverly Alexander said they still need to raise $35,000 in matching funds, including in-kind donations, to obtain the $150,000 Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Recreational Trail Program Grant. The application is due by May 1st.

Alexander said the corridor's owner, Jerry Bratton, is writing a letter of intent to give easement rights for the trail. The easement rights will be included in the $35,000 match.

The board agreed to remove the word "oval" from the trail's name after the preliminary map and brochure were printed.

Alex Janeczek, an inspector with American Structurepoint, volunteered to organize the second annual Diamond in The Rough - Starting to Shine walk / run / ride event. Janeczek said Westview Hospital agreed to be the only healthcare sponsor for the non-competitive event. The event has been moved from the spring to the fall. Janeczek is hoping to have 500 people participate. Although Janeczek is not a resident of Speedway, he said he has taken an interest in the town due to his current assignment of inspecting the park improvements project. American Structurepoint developed the master plan for Meadowood and Leonard Parks.

Another trail fund raiser for the B & O Trail development in Hendricks County is scheduled for June 6 at Williams Park, 940 Locust Lane, in Brownsburg.