Hamilton County & Noblesville Break Ground on Final Riverwalk Phase

Hamilton County & Noblesville Break Ground on Final Riverwalk Phase

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From left: Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, Commissioner Steve Dillinger, Commissioner Christine Altman, Hamilton County Council President Fred Glynn and County Councilman Steve Schwartz.

Hamilton County and Noblesville officials came together to break ground on the final portion of the Riverwalk trail project. The third phase of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2017, will provide the missing link of the half-mile trail along the east side of White River.

Construction on the Riverwalk, a joint project between the city and county, began in 2008. Hamilton County Commissioner Steve Dillinger came up with the idea to provide a scenic walkway near White River in downtown Noblesville while visiting Madison, Ind., in 2000. A committee of residents was formed the following year, but the recession and prioritizing infrastructure projects took precedence until 2008.

“I never envisioned the Riverwalk taking 17 years when we started out, but it’s exciting to see it finally coming together,” said Dillinger. “With the Riverwalk and Federal Hill Commons opening in 2017, downtown Noblesville is getting the kind of entrance it deserves.”

Phase One of Riverwalk was a county project and consisted of creating a trail from the county employee parking lot east, underneath the Conner Street/State Road 32 Bridge and back up to the Hamilton County Judicial Center.

Phase Two of Riverwalk was a city project, extending the trail under the Logan Street Bridge and up to where it now connects with the pedestrian bridge to Forest Park, which also connects to trails at Potter’s Bridge and Field Drive.

Phase Three will connect the two completed portions behind the Judicial Center. It also will join with the City of Noblesville’s recently opened southern portion extension, which runs from Maple Avenue to Division Street. Construction will begin later this month. Phase Three also will be home to the Hamilton County Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

“As in many communities, trails are definitely a popular amenity in our city. The Riverwalk Phase III will provide pedestrians and bicyclists the opportunity to travel from downtown into Forest Park without using streets while enjoying the beauty of the White River and downtown Noblesville,” said Mayor John Ditslear. “We’re also excited for the opportunity this will create for even more river activation in the future.”