A Fantastic Cycling Event to Support the Ohio River Greenway
Le Tour de Pork is a bike tour through scenic southern Indiana to benefit the construction of the Ohio River Greenway.
Go to: http://www.tourdeporkride.com/ and click Register
25/50 Mile Routes | 8:30am
Post -Ride Lunch | 11:00am
Turtle Run Winery
940 St. Peters Rd. NE
Join us for the groundbreaking of the new Lewis and Clark Trail on Friday, March 17th at 10:00am. The trail will be a vital portion of the Ohio River Greenway crossing over Silver Creek.
CLARKSVILLE PARKS & RECREATION
FRIDAY, MARCH 17 AT 10:00 AM
LEWIS AND CLARK PARK
Le Tour de Pork donation to Ohio River Greenway
Proceeds from annual event to be used for Wayfinding Signage
“The value of this donation is so much more than the money it represents. Through the efforts of passionate volunteers, an event drawing over 400 people demonstrates significant interest and commitment to the Ohio River Greenway Project. This is truly a grass-roots effort to raise money and awareness.” – Phil Hendershot, Ohio River Greenway Commission Chair
Le Tour de Pork is a bike tour through scenic Southern Indiana followed by a home style BBQ at Turtle Run Winery to benefit the construction of the Ohio River Greenway.
“It has been a lot of hard work, but well worth it in the end when a group of friends can get together and make a difference. We all want the Greenway completed as soon as possible. Next year will be year 10 for the Tour de Pork and we are looking forward to the best one yet.” – Paul Dunsford, Tour de Pork organizer, member of Fat Boys Bike Group
The donation will go toward Wayfinding Signage on two new Greenway construction segments. The New Albany segment from E. 8th to 18th Streets along Water Street is currently under construction. The Clarksville segment from Bailey Avenue crossing over Silver Creek connecting to New Albany will have construction bids available in December.
The Ohio River Greenway completed a Wayfinding Plan in 2014 which included 150 total signs. Phase I including 104 signs was completed in 2015. With two new segments of the Greenway to be under construction by Spring 2017, Phase II is ready to implement. The implementation of Phase II includes the fabrication and installation of 46 signs. A comprehensive Wayfinding signage system will assist motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians in navigating throughout the Greenway Corridor and to key destinations.
The Greenway includes one of the most unique multi-use trails in the United States. It is the first and only bi-state multi-use trail connecting Kentucky and Indiana spanning the major maritime waterway, the mighty Ohio River. The Greenway is a part of the Kentuckiana River Trail and connected to the Louisville Loop. It will allow everyone in the urban area to have access to the Ohio River on a world class walking and biking trail. The trail will link up the unique combinations of the urban environment in Louisville, Kentucky contrasted to the protected wildlife, mixed residential, and industrial businesses in Southern Indiana. The Kentuckiana River Trail will be an asset for the bi-state region. The Greenway is the most transformational trail development for all of Southern Indiana.
Front Left: Mike Jenkins, Sharon Handy, Phil Hendershot, Shaunna Graf
Back Left: Steve Helm, Paul Dunsford, Steve Dunsford, Bob Grable, Jim McCoskey
Saturday, August 8th’s Tour de Pork had a huge turnout with over 400 participants on the ride!
Below is a letter to the editor of the News and Tribune expressing gratitude:
“In 2008 I received a call from The Fat Boy Bikers. They wanted to give the Ohio River Greenway the proceeds from a very casual BBQ and bike ride, which had grown from a family and friend gathering into more than what they could do in their backyards any longer. I had only been working in the non-profit industry as a consultant for under a year. I didn’t realize how rare an offer like this is. The Ohio River Greenway benefited from the generosity of the Fat Boy Bikers: Paul Dunsford, Mike Jenkins, Mike Fitzpatrick, Bob Grable, Steven Dunsford, Paul Rutledge, Steve Wilkinson and Steve Helm, their wives, kids and extended families again this weekend. These volunteers throw an event which has the feel of a good time family reunion. Donors offset the costs of the event: Eckart Wholesale Supplies, JBS, One Anethesia, Turtle Run Winery, Mischler Orthodontics, Starlight Coffee Co., Clarksville Schwinn, IU Alumni Association- Louisville Southern Indiana chapter. Maybe it is because all gather to help get the Ohio River Greenway completed and we all know just how much of an amazing project it is, or maybe it is the perfect combination of Turtle Run Wine and slow cooked BBQ pork; but either way you can actually feel a buzz of community pride in the air. I appreciate these fine Southern Hoosiers for putting on the Tour de Pork for the last 9 years.
Thank you on behalf of the Ohio River Greenway Commission.
Shaunna Graf, Project Director”
Combined Federal Campaign
The Friends of the Ohio River Greenway participates in the Combined Federal Campaign. If you are a federal employee, please consider donating to the Ohio River Greenway.
This year as you do your online shopping at Amazon you can support The Friends of the Ohio River Greenway by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com!
Simply login using the same information as your Amazon account and then choose “Friends of the Ohio River Greenway” as your charity. It’s that easy.
Amazon donates .5% of the price of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to support the Greenway!
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The Trail head Wayfinding signs installed along the greenway in Jeffersonville, New Albany and Clarksville have maps which are helpful for planning a trip and knowing where the trail is completed and when there is still work left yet to do.
Find links below to PDFs below representing the same information which is out on the trail right now.
Ohio River Greenway Master Plan Refresh: Greenway 2040
Thanks to the Ogle Foundation’s generous donation, the Ohio River Greenway Commission now has a refreshed Master Plan putting forth a vision for a world class linear park system along the Ohio River Greenway. The mission of the Ohio River Greenway is to provide a common linkage between the Communities of Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany, Indiana along the banks of the Ohio River and to promote a passive recreational environment for river access, while allowing each community to construct riverfront amenities to enhance the overall project. The Ogle Foundation’s generous contribution aids in continuing the mission of the Ohio River Greenway. It is appreciated and gratefully acknowledged.
Since 1993, leaders in Southern Indiana have been actively engaged in the planning, funding, design, and construction of the Greenway. The Greenway Commission envisions that the connection of communities along the Ohio River will foster cooperation and benefits such as tourism, seasonal festivals, dining/entertainment, and a renewed interest in the real estate along our waterfront. Indeed, this vision has taken shape as the project has progressed. The quality of life in our communities will be enhanced with increased access to the river and the ability to showcase the heritage and culture of the region. Completion of the Greenway will strengthen Southern Indiana property values, draw businesses to the area, create jobs and strengthen Indiana’s economy.
With the master plan refreshed, the Ohio River Greenway Commission is ready to begin the process of detailed planning and implementation to create a linear park that will build upon the Greenway’s multi-use path, while preserving and enhancing the aesthetic character of the Greenway and its surrounding areas.
For more information about the Master Plan’s vision, please visit: www.Greenway2040.org
During the Spring semester of 2015, IUS School of Business Urban Economics undergraduate students conducted an economic impact survey the results of which help the communities surrounding the Ohio River Greenway understand the economic and locational impact visitors to the Greenway have on their businesses and amenities. The students conducted surveys at various times and places concentrating on the areas around the Big 4 Bridge and the New Albany Amphitheater.
The general findings were that 45% of the visitors polled were in the area and spent money because of the Ohio River Greenway and 62% of these were visitors to the area or non-locals. 66% of respondents would have taken their spending outside of the defined local area if the Greenway did not exist. These findings show that the Ohio River Greenway has contributed positively to the economic and locational impact of the communities and will continue to do so as the survey results further show that 87% of the visitors would recommend the Greenway to others.