Brownstown Township / Jackson County / Indiana

Board Minutes and Schedule, Project Updates, and News Items


Multi-use Path Project

The development of a pathway that creates a “greenway” within the Township and provides a pedestrian and bicycling connection between Ewing, Brownstown, and the Fairgrounds.


September 11, 2017

 Jackson County Fair Board:

 The original (township, town and county) cooperative “Bicycle/Pedestrian Path” project plan (2011) included connecting a multi-use path with the existing asphalt paths in the Jackson County Fairgrounds.  That BROWNSTOWN/EWING MAINSTREET project was started with the Brownstown Community Indy 500 contest winnings of $25,000.  Brownstown Township matched the $25,000 and the Brownstown Chamber of Commerce helped complete the project to Hough Creek in 2012.  At that time, limited funds prevented connecting to the fairground paths.

 In 2016 Jackson County was designated by the United States Center For Disease Control (CDC) as one of the most obese counties in Indiana, Therefore, elected and appointed local officials need to consider projects which may help encourage more local physical activity. Completion of the “Bicycle/Pedestrian Path” to connect with existing facilities in the county fairgrounds has been identified as a project to help increase local physical activity.

 The Brownstown Township Board has budgeted for an increase in our 2018 Recreation and Culture Fund to help support the “Jackson County Healthier Together” project.  We request the Jackson County Fair Board cooperate with the  Brownstown Township Board to financially support the completion of the “Bicycle/Pedestrian Path” by the Jackson County Park Board.

 Jack Gillespie, Chairman, Brownstown Township Board

Larry Raymer, Chairman Jackson County Park Board





Multi-use Path Project 2011-2012

The Brownstown Township Board, Brownstown/Ewing Mainstreet, and Brownstown Chamber of Commerce cooperated with the Jackson County Park Board to develop a ‘Multi-use Path’ on the original County Poor Farm property. In 2011 the Township matched the $25,000 won by the local community in an Indy 500 contest. The path was planned in 2011, built in 2012 and connected by Township and Town sidewalk projects to the Courthouse Square in 2014.
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