The City of Logansport is adding an extra layer of security on its walking trails.

Workmen are adding security measures this week at Huston Park, the River Bluff Trail and the Sims Connector Trail at Riverside Park’s Cole Bridge.

Thanks to the community exceeding its $25,000 fundraising goal as part of the February-launched crowdfunding campaign, the city received a matching $25,000 grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).

In all, a total of $86,000 will add monitoring at the critical entry and exit points to those trails as well as Little Turtle Waterway downtown.

“These cameras are amazing,” said Marla Evanich, Logansport Mayor’s Office administrative assistant. “They are capable of recording 24-7 and are PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom). They are also equipped with a starlight chip which allows the camera to see at night with amazing clarity and up to 25x zoom.”

Ten state-of-the-art security cameras will provide added security on the city’s trails. While the city encourages use of the trails from sunrise to sunset, trail users can be comforted to know that activity will be held for 30 days and will be housed in the safety of the police department.

The four community trails will also be outfitted with additional address markers and warm-weather police bicycle patrols.

A trail camera survey taken in February 2018 through Cass Info Online resulted in 91 percent public support. With the help of donations from the public, local businesses, City Council, the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Parks and Recreation Foundation, safer trails in the city will soon be a reality.

The state’s matching portion of the funding comes from IHCDA’s CreatINg Places — a program designed to “help generate public involvement in the selection of creative improvements within their own communities, help provide the funding to see the project through completion and instill community pride when citizens become invested in their surroundings.”

Since its inception in 2016, the program has raised in excess of $1.9 million in public funds and an additional $1.7 million in matching IHCDA funds to support community-based projects in Indiana.

“The safety and security of our trail systems have become increasingly important,” said Jacob Sipe, executive director of IHCDA. “We commend the City of Logansport in their efforts to ensure residents and visitors to their community feel safe when using their trailway system.”

The city launched the trail-safety campaign to increase public safety measures after hearing concerns that some hesitate to use the trails without a partner.

The issue of trail safety regionally has been in the spotlight since the February 2017 murders of teenagers Libby German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, along the Monon High Bridge in Delphi.

According to the City of Logansport’s Facebook page, installation will be fully completed by next week, weather permitting.

Reach Quentin Blount at quentin.blount@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5130.

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