2017-07-12 / Community

Crowdfunding campaign launched for the Delphi Historic Trails safety and security

The Delphi task force will make several safety improvements to the historic trail system with the help of a successful online crowdfunding campaign, according to an announcement last week.

The need to improve safety on the historic trails was made evident following the murders of Delphi teenagers, Liberty German and Abigail Williams, in February.

The campaign, sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and offered through the crowdfunding platform is being run by the Carroll County Wabash and Erie Canal, Inc.

“It is inspiring to see the response Delphi citizens and officials have had to the tragic murders of Abby Williams and Libby German earlier this year,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who chairs the IHCDA Board. “This project will make the historic trail system safer and renew a sense of security for residents and visitors of Delphi.”

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by Aug. 30, the Delphi Historic Trails Safety and Security project will receive a matching grant from IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program. As of Tuesday, the fund balance was up to $10,780.

“As a community we will not stand idle on the importance of safety for our trails,” said Jacob Adams, director of Community Development for the City of Delphi. “We plan to set the precedence for trail safety for every community moving forward.”

After months of planning, the Delphi task force has identified several safety improvements that can be installed along the trails. Lighting, cameras, informational kiosks, and public wifi will all be installed at certain points along the trails, and access to Freedom Bridge Plaza and Bicentennial Plaza will be improved.

Additionally, trail markers will be erected at every tenth of a mile along the trails so local Emergency Services can have more precise information on where 9-1-1 callers are and how to best reach them. An endowment fund will also be supported at the Carroll County Community Foundation to provide for long-term maintenance of the trail safety measures.

For more information about the project and to donate, visit https://www.patronicity.com/pro ject/delphi_ historic_ trails_ safet y_ and_ security#/.

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