Parks and Recreation

Final Planning for Knauf Greenway

Parks and Recreation

Above: City and Knauf Employees who walked the first phase of the “Knauf Greenway” to finalize the layout of the trail. – Source: Addison Times, Anna Tungate –

Thursday afternoon, City and Knauf employees walked the entire first phase of the future “Knauf Greenway” to finalize the exact route of the trail. This trail will begin at the Blue River Trailhead, 702 N Harrison Street, head north crossing the railroad tracks, turn east to go down the hill, and will then extend into heavily wooded areas along the Big Blue River where the trail will follow along the edge of the river. This will provide residents and visitors a unique experience to see and interact with the Big Blue River in a way that wasn’t possible before.

This added section of greenway will help to expand the entire trails network to over 10 miles of interconnected trails and greenways. After completion, over 45% of households within the community will be within walking distance to a trail, further promoting recreation, health, and wellness throughout the community.

Above: Map showing the first phase of the “Knauf Greenway” in relation to some of the other existing trails in the community. – Source: City of Shelbyville –

This new asset to the City’s trails network was made possible by a partnership between the City of Shelbyville, Knauf Insulation, and The Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Knauf Insulation has made a commitment to provide all of the land needed for this first phase of the trail, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has provided over $180,000 in funding to make this project a reality.

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Shelbyville to Debut Giant Sculpture

Downtown Development | Economic Development | Parks and Recreation | Press Release

Image Source: Rachael Ackley

Article Source: Inside Indiana Business

Officials in Shelbyville will this evening unveil a new art installation in the city’s downtown. The city says the four-story, $150,000 sculpture known as Blue River – Wind, Rain and Water anchors its ongoing commitment to public art.

The sculpture was created by Shelbyville-native Mike Helbing and features a stainless steel reinforcement bar woven into a bulbous thunderhead and torrential rain. It straddles the Blue River Recreational Trail and is located near the Big Blue River and Porter Center in Shelbyville.

“This particular sculpture represents the themes of the site and the identity with the converging of the Big Blue and Little Blue rivers and the importance of the rivers to the community in its historic context,” said Amy Haacker, executive director of the Blue River Community Foundation.

The project was funded through $50,000 commitments from the foundation and the city, as well as $25,000 commitments from Shelby County Tourism and Knauf Insulation. Lights for the sculpture will be turned on during a public ceremony tonight, scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Images Source: Rachael Ackley

Work On New Trail Begins

Parks and Recreation

City Staff worked alongside volunteers from Knauf Insulation to begin clearing the way for a new trail that will run along the north side of the Blue River. This trail will connect to the newly completed Blue River Trailhead at the North Harrison Street Bridge. This project was primaraly funded by a grant offered through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.