Indy Parks gives Greenway Trails 24/7 access

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Cyclists, runners and walkers rejoice, Indy Parks Greenway Trails will be 24 hours a day starting in July, according to John Williams, Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Director.

Williams says extending trail hours will be especially useful for people who commute to and from work on a bicycle. In particular those who do not work typical 9 to 5 hours.

“Greenway trails play a critical role in our city’s transit network, and increasing access to the trail system adds yet another transportation option for residents,” said Williams.

The parks department says the rule change was made by the director.

The greenways are currently open from 5 a.m. until midnight.

IndyCog and other bicycling advocates have slowly been chipping away toward 24-hour access over the years. Just last year they gathered enough signatures to file a petition for it. It was not approved, but the hours were extended to what is currently in place.

There will be two public information meetings to discuss the new hours. The first will be on Monday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Holiday Park Auditorium. The second meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Garfield Park Arts Center Gallery.

The 24 hour access will start on July 21.