Mayor Graham Richard tonight announced the City of Fort Wayne will build an additional mile to the Rivergreenway system in 2006.

Mayor Richard made the announcement at the second annual Greenway Summit held at Shoaff Park. The Summit brought together elected officials, greenway and trail advocates, and the community to discuss the current trail system and plans for how trails and greenways will be improved and added in the City, Allen County and Northeast Indiana.

The new mile of greenway will be constructed along the Towpath Trail. The trail will eventually link the City and New Haven with the Aboite area. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recently awarded the City with a $150,000 federal grant to assist with constructing a portion of the Towpath Trail. The trail starts at Rockhill Park and runs southwest along the original route of the Wabash-Erie Canal.

“We are pleased to move forward with the expansion of the Rivergreenway,” said Mayor Richard. “We must take a regional approach to greenway and trail development to benefit as many people as possible. Our community is committed to using the greenway to promote physical fitness and exercise.”

Mayor Richard also announced the City will pave more than four miles of the Rivergreenway in 2006. The City is on pace to repave the entire greenway system by the end of 2007.