Fort Wayne Trails has received a grant from a national group in support of construction of a portion of the Pufferbelly Trail.
The Washington, D.C.-based Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has awarded $20,000 in support of a proposed trail stretch from West State Boulevard to Fernhill Avenue.
When the trail, plus a short extension, are finished, bikers, hikers and walkers will have access to Franke Park and the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, said Kent Castleman, executive director of Fort Wayne Trails, a nonprofit organization that works with local, state and national government agencies in linking the region's trails.
Castleman said the trail was one of five projects funded nationwide from 166 applicants for the 2016 Doppelt Family Train Development Fund grants.
The money is earmarked for projects to help kick-start trail development, make significant improvements to trails and bring trail concepts closer to reality and can be used to match existing state or federal funding.
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