The Sullivan Greenway system expands | Local News

The City of Sullivan broke ground on Monday on a significant addition to the Sullivan Greenway – Lover’s Lane Loop system.

Funding of over $1 million provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation enabled the city to expand the system to historic Lover’s Lane.

The Greenway Network is an evolving network of outdoor trails within the city. The goal is to promote connectivity, walking, health/wellness and outdoor recreation for Sullivan residents and visitors, the city said in a news release.

Photo submittedSullivan residents gather Monday for the grand opening of the Lover’s Lane Loop extension of the Sullivan Greenway system.

“The Sully” still leads to downtown Sullivan, ultimately boosting the economic vitality of local businesses and organizations, according to the city. Connecting Sully’s Loop to Lover’s Lane is the next step in the big picture.

“By connecting our historic Lover’s Lane to the Sully, we are not only improving our walkability, but also connecting downtown Sullivan to Sullivan’s historic Carnegie Library,” said Mayor Clint Lamb.

“There are so many key benefits to having a walkable city. Connecting our library, which is just off Lover’s Lane, also provides walkable access to a source of education and resources for children and adults.”

Lover’s Lane pays homage to a historic and significant outdoor sidewalk. The path is not bordered by any street and instead cuts through the middle of a city block. In the early 1900s, a local doctor, Dr. Crowder, self-funded a sidewalk to connect his home to the city’s first hospital, where he worked.

Over the years, the name “Lover’s Lane” has been adopted by locals.

The concept for the Lover’s Lane connection was conceived in 2014. The city applied for INDOT funding in 2017 and was awarded in 2018. Construction will begin after the bidding process.

The Lover’s Lane segment will run north to Washington Street, continue east to the intersection of Section and Washington Streets, and continue another two blocks east to Main Street to the side north of the town center square. The connection is expected to be completed by May 2022.