August 25, 2011

Ivy Tech Community College’s State Board of Trustees voted on August 11, 2011 to allow the County’s plan for the Karst Farm Trail to pass through Ivy Tech property. The biking and walking trail will pass through Ivy Tech property near the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, along N. Profile Parkway.

“The County is excited that Ivy Tech has allowed phase one of the Karst Farm Trail to move along as planned, passing through Ivy Tech and eventually providing access as far north as Ellettsville,” says Mark Stoops, Monroe County Commissioner. “This path will also create connections to the new YMCA and eventually to City trails, creating a nice interconnected trail way.”

The County asked Ivy Tech for 8,538 square feet of land because the area of right away was too narrow to build the trail.

“Ivy Tech’s participation in this continued partnership with the County to develop the trail is yet another demonstration of Ivy Tech’s commitment to civic engagement, and to using our institutional resources in service to our local communities,” says Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Chancellor John Whikehart. “Additionally, the trail will bring more people to the Ivy Tech campus and to the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences, which in itself is another partnership with Monroe County.”

There are plans for new Ivy Tech signage along the pathway and a limestone sitting area just outside of the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences.

Vice President of the Monroe County Commissioners, Iris Keisling says that she is pleased that the Ivy Tech State Trustees have allowed the Karst Farm Trail to pass along Ivy Tech property. “The walking and biking trail is going to really provide additional quality of life for the community,” she said.

Construction on phase one of the Karst Farm Trail will begin next spring, 2012.

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About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.