Healthcare Foundation gives City of La Porte $2.2 million for Clear Lake trail project

 

The Healthcare Foundation’s Kathleen Lang and Maria Fruth and Mayor Tom Dermody hold the check in the amount of $2,239,500 for the Clear Lake Greenway Loop project.

Dermody announces the grant as Healthcare Foundation CEO Maria Fruth, City Engineer Nick Minich and La Porte Parks Superintendent Mark Schreiber listen.

Fruth speaks as both Clear Lake enhancement (right) and another La Porte development under way, The Banks apartments/shops (left), make up the background.

The Clear Lake walkway stands behind speakers and guests.

Just as the press conference was about to begin, a group of planes flew overhead. Dermody joked that LaPorte makes sure to have a flyover for all big events.

City of La Porte press release; WNLP photos by Bob Wellinski 

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Improvements are coming to the walking trail at Clear Lake, thanks to significant support from the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte.

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, the foundation (HFL) presented a check in the amount of $2,239,500 for completion of the Clear Lake Greenway Loop and Trail Connection Project. Mayor Tom Dermody said this project is the centerpiece of the city’s comprehensive Heart of La Porte Plan.

Dermody holds the giant check as he hugs Fruth.

“Clear Lake plays a significant role in our efforts to make La Porte a healthier community,” Dermody said. “The completion of this loop project not only creates a new recreational attraction for our residents to enjoy, but also allows us to showcase our city’s natural resources while staying in close proximity to the downtown. We are grateful to the Healthcare Foundation for helping us to see this project through.”

The existing trail, constructed in 2018, currently spans one-third of a mile. With the grant money awarded by HFL, the loop will be connected to create just over a mile of walkable trail. Shoreline improvements and amenities, such as accessible edges, piers and gathering spaces, will also be added.

Healthcare Foundation CEO Maria Fruth said the Greenway Loop will be an important resource for residents as La Porte continues to work toward becoming a healthier community.

“Healthcare Foundation of La Porte is proud to partner with the City of La Porte,” Fruth said. “This grant award of $2,239,500 to create the Clear Lake Greenway Loop continues the strategy of funding investments to strengthen the city’s infrastructure.”

This is just one of many community health and fitness projects that the HFL has helped to fund in the City of La Porte. Fruth said from 2017 to date, the foundation has granted upwards of $6.4 million to the city to assist funding the Chessie Trail, Stone Lake Trail, Fort La Play Porte, tennis courts and pickleball courts, park safety equipment, water bottle fillers, outdoor fitness court, 18th Street Greenway project, fire department rescue boat, kayak launch, park trees inventory and maintenance, summer playground programs, and more.

“HFL is dedicated to empowering our residents to live healthy and well and to achieve the vision shared by the city of becoming one of Indiana’s top 10 healthiest communities by 2030,” Fruth said. “We invite our community members to enjoy the amazing amenities La Porte has to offer.”

Construction for the Clear Lake Greenway Loop project is set to begin this fall. To learn more about the project and the Heart of La Porte plan, visit cityoflaporte.com.

9 Responses to “Healthcare Foundation gives City of La Porte $2.2 million for Clear Lake trail project”

  1. Bill Proud

    Jul 22. 2021

    It’s nice seeing all the positive things happening in LA Porte. Keep it going..

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    • Dolan

      Jul 22. 2021

      If you notice, HFL has donated money to support projects that promote being healthy or being outside. Anyone asking why they (or LaPorte) aren’t donating money to fix roads, please reread the 5th and 6th paragraphs. This has nothing to do with paving streets… The wonderful projects supported by HFL are going to be supporting factors in attracting more people into this town.

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  2. Pothole City

    Jul 22. 2021

    How’s about getting some money to pave the street’s that are here already. We have enough trails.

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  3. Chuka

    Jul 22. 2021

    Thanks to the HFL for their continual vision and financial support to enhance the city with this incredible Clear Lake Greenway Loop project!

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  4. Tim

    Jul 22. 2021

    Nothing against walking trails but do the citizens of LaPorte have any influence in what happens or is it just whoever writes the check?

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  5. Kathy T

    Jul 22. 2021

    Thank you Health Foundation for your generosity to make this happen!

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  6. Lynn E. Lisarelli

    Jul 22. 2021

    I’m with Pothole City. Fix the doggoned streets!!!!

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  7. Jeff

    Jul 22. 2021

    Dolan’s comments are spot on. To the potholes pessimists, reread Dolan’s words. The HFL has invested over six million dollars in LaPorte trying to improve the health and wellness of all of us. Potholes….. give me a break.

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  8. Gorgeous Jim

    Jul 23. 2021

    Hopefully they will use some of this money to spruce up the walking trial in fox park. Possibly redesign sections of trail on the East end of the the park, so it connects sensibly to the trails on the West end of the park.

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