Indy Gateway Board of Directors has approved funding for professional services for the design of a Chapel Rock Trailhead. This project is a partnership with Chapel Rock Christian Church and the B&O Trail Association (BOTA). The plan will compliment the development taking place through the Next Level Trail Grant awarded by the State of Indiana and provides for the following:
- Trail node and paved path connection on BOTA property (path not covered under Next Level Trail Grant)
- Trailhead plaza and path connection on Church property
- Trailhead identity sign
- Directional sign at church entry areas
Indy Gateway’s funding for construction is being raised through generous donors such as Real Estate Management Inc., MIBOR Realtor® Association and Fed Ex. In addition, proceeds raised through the recently held Gateway Gallop 5K (formerly Flapjacks 5K) and previous years will be put toward the project.
The plan also prepares the site for future trailhead expansion to include a shelter and additional amenities such as more seating, litter receptacle and bike racks.
BOTA will have the final bids late this year or early 2024 with construction planned for the trail in 2024. This design will be part of the construction bid package with BOTA as an “add on” as it is not covered by the Next Level Trail Grant funds that BOTA has received.