Pathways Over Pogues (POP) is a grassroots group of Near Eastside neighbors that formed in the summer of 2017 to advocate for the repair of the historic Nowland Avenue Bridge and completion of the Pogue’s Run Trail.
The Nowland Avenue Bridge is located just west of Rural in Spades Park and lies directly along the route of the planned trail. It has deteriorated to such an extent that it is becoming dangerous to use. That has been a significant impediment in moving forward on the trail. Although part of the original Indianapolis Greenways Master Plan Of 1994, over a quarter century later the trail remains unfinished.
Neighbors were informed that the City was not able to pay for the design to repair the bridge without a clear source to pay for the repair as well. POP formed to get the process started. It has been working with Reconnecting To Our Waterways (ROW), the City Of Indianapolis, Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), Indianapolis Parks Foundation, Friends of Brookside and Spades Park (FOBAS), and private partners to seek ways to fund the repair of the bridge and help get the trail finished.
In 2018, the POP campaign raised over $40,000, which was matched by $30,000 from CICF for a total of $70,000. In addition, ROW contributed another $70,000 through a Cummins Foundation donation. $140,000 was more than enough to pay for the design to repair the Nowland Avenue Bridge which is now underway by engineering firm RQAW. In January, 2020, RQAW estimated the cost to repair at $500,000. Design should be completed by June of this year. If funds are secured by that time, the work to repair can begin. The second phase of fundraising has begun.