Sphire gives 6.2 acres to creek walk group for park
New Salisbury real estate investor Mike Sphire has donated 6.2 acres of land next to and below the Cedar Court Assisted Living Facility in Corydon to the Indian Creek Trail system to be used as a small park.
‘That’s what we’ll work for; that’s basically what Mike donated it for,’ said Bill Gerdon, president of the non-profit pedway group.
Gerdon foresees a small park alongside a stretch of concrete trail that is now being constructed alongside Big Indian Creek opposite the Keller Manufacturing Co. plant in Corydon. It’s roughly 3,000 feet long. The Indian Creek Trail board is now working on getting lighting for that portion of trail.
Gerdon was elected president of Indian Creek Trail Inc. last week for another one-year term. Carl Snyder was re-elected vice president, and Linda Brown was re-elected secretary-treasurer.
The board decided to ask these people to serve one-year terms as directors: Ty Adams, Jerry Dryden, Claudia Howard, Dennis Mann, Maryland Austin Scharf, Tony Short and Randy West.
Thanks to grants of $45,000 from both the Harrison County Council and the Harrrson County Convention and Tourism Board and smaller grants from Harrison County Community Foundation and Cinergy, construction has begun on the 3,000-foot stretch of trail on Big Indian Creek below the Doolittle subdivision. It will run from the West Bridge on S.R. 62 to the North Bridge on Old S.R. 337 or North Capitol Avenue.
The next segment, still in the planning stages, will run from the North Bridge to the YMCA of Harrison County. The YMCA facilties are now under construction next to Keller Sports Park just east of North Capitol Avenue behind the Shanghai Restaurant.
After that, the next big part of the public pedway system ‘ and by far the most ambitious ‘ will be from the West Bridge to Hayswood Nature Reserve, along Indian Creek, west of Corydon. That project may involve two pedestrian bridges.
The first section of the creek trails system, ‘Logan’s Trail,’ completed in 2001, is a 900-foot strip of concrete along Little Indian Creek that runs between the Indian Creek General Store, next to the slab bridge in Corydon, to Rice Island Playground, near the Tyson Foods complex.