City and county leaders seeking public input for new trail systems coming to Greater Lafayette

City and county leaders want your input in their Big Four Trails Master Plan. They'll be hosting their first public meeting on Wednesday evening.

Posted: Jul 21, 2021 9:26 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County leaders are looking for your input in their latest project. On Wednesday, Jun. 21 they're hosting a public meeting to talk about the Big Four Trail Master Plan. It'll be held at the Lafayette City Hall Council Chambers from 6 to 7 p.m.

This project has been in the works for years but this is the first time city and county leaders are meeting with the public in person. They're hoping people come with questions and ideas.

The Big Four Trail Master Plan is going to create a trail system that connects Indianapolis to Chicago through Greater Lafayette. But through this project, leaders are also looking to improve and create a better trail system to better connect city and county neighborhoods.

Right now they're focused on creating a trail between Clinton, Boone, and Tippecanoe County. Since the project launch, leaders have issued two online surveys for the public to participate in. One thing they've learned so far is safety seems to be the public's biggest focus for these future trails. Project leaders would like to see and hear from a diverse group of people at the meeting.

"This big project is to serve the people, and we're trying to make sure we're designing this project around what you guys want," said Jeffrey Kuhn, City of West Lafayette engineer.

Following safety, project leaders say the surveys have also shown the public really wants more trail access to city and county amenities.

"Like making sure we're actually connecting them to local businesses, friends, family, making sure we're livening communities that need enlivened and making sure we can overcome barriers in different ways," said Kuhn.

After tonight's meeting, project leaders will incorporate all the comments and concerns and update the master plan.

If you can't attend the meeting but have questions and ideas you can reach out to project managers Jessica Nix at jnix@bfsgroup.com, Ryan King at rking@bfsengr.com, and Marjorie Hennessy at mhennessy@hbdin.org.

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