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Ribbon cutting opens section of Evansville's Greenway

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A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke host Wednesday's ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the completion of the industrial corridor. It's a three and a half mile stretch, which connects to the Mid-Levee Corridor and to the Riverfront Corridor. 

For now, the nearly seven mile trail starts at Sunrise Park in Downtown Evansville and ends at the Heidelbach Canoe Launch site on the north side.

Mayor Winnecke said design work is underway to extend the Greenway Passage through the arts district to the Glenwood Learning Academy and Hi Rail Corridor, and up the future Garvin and Governor bike lanes to Stringtown.

The mayor says the completion of the trail has been a longtime goal for the City of Evansville and is bringing people together from all around the area.

"One of the great things is we can now have better connectivity between all these neighborhood associations and people get to know more about the city," Mayor Winnecke said. "It's just better means for exercise and it's a great tool for families to exercise, walking, running, biking, whatever. That's what we're seeing in other parts of the Greenway in the city and I think this will only enhance that."
 
Plans are also in the works on the route east on Riverside and Pollack, and on Covert Avenue to connect with Newburgh. That's about an eight mile stretch of pathways.

There isn't an exact date set for the completion of the 14 mile inner city loop because officials say they'll have to look at designs, and then secure millions of dollars in funding. That money is generated from state and federal funding, as well as riverboat casino revenues.

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