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What is Pathways Over Pogue’s (POP)

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 in Spades Park, just west of Rural.  The bridge has deteriorated to the point it is becoming impassable.  It is also impeding completion of the 5.3-mile Pogue’s Run Trail, which lies directly along its route.


History of the Nowland Avenue Bridge

The Nowland Avenue Bridge was designed and built in 1903 by nationally renowned engineer Daniel B. Luten, based in Indianapolis.  It’s the oldest remaining Luten bridge in Indy and an early example of the patented Luten Arch.   Steel rods encased in concrete under water connect the bottoms of the arch to stabilize it, like a string keeps the wood of a bow taut.  This allows the bridge to be lighter and less expensive to build while maintaining stability — a Luten hallmark. The graceful curve of the arch was influenced by the City Beautiful movement of the early 20th century to build structures that were attractive as well as functional.


POP’s Role

POP was 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. Through crowd funding, grant writing and support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), Cummins Foundation, Indiana Landmarks, Reconnecting To Our Waterways (ROW), and Indianapolis Parks Foundation, POP has been working to fund the repair of the bridge and help get the trail finished.


What has POP Accomplished

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.  The design was completed by engineering firm RQAW in May 2020, which estimated cost to repair at $524,000.  Now that the design is done, the second phase of fundraising has begun to raise the funds needed for the repair.


Pogue’s Run Trail

Although part of the original 1994 Master Greenways Plan, 26 years later the trail remains unfinished.  Starting at Tenth and the Monon, just east of the Cultural Trail, the Pogue’s Run Trail heads north on Brookside Avenue across from the CCIC building and gets as far as Commerce before the built trail ends. When finished, the trail will continue through Spades and Brookside Parks, and end at the Pogue’s Run Art and Nature Park, west of Emerson.  It will connect neighborhoods to downtown and the Monon, and increase opportunities for exercise, socialization and economic development on the Near Eastside.


Virtual Campaign Kickoff on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Was a Hit

Kickoff for next phase of fundraising campaign to repair the Nowland Avenue Bridge is in the history books.

The next phase to raise the estimated $524,000 to do the repair itself – has begun.  By the end of June, 2020, more than $8000 has been donated.

More than 50 people participated in the virtual kickoff, which included:

  • Premiere of 12 Stars Media’s 5-minute video about POP campaign.  View video here:

  • PowerPoint about the history of the campaign as well as current plans to repair it.  View PowerPoint through this link:

PowerPoint Presentation


  • Deputy Mayor Jeff Bennett
  • City Councilman Zach Adamson
  • Cummins executive Alex Miser
  • RQAW design engineer Ken Jansing

Next Steps

Thanks to many generous donors for a silent auction that was cancelled, POP has been raffling off items instead as part of fundraising campaign, starting with a selection of 5  from Homespun, King Dough, Rooster’s Kitchen, Centerpoint and City Way Animal Clinics – Mass Ave.  (See details here.)

  • Donations of $10 or more entered donors into a raffle drawing on June 17, 7:30 pm.
  • Due to Covid-19, POP used this opportunity to help those in need as well.  Half of earnings from each raffle will be donated to a covid-related cause.  (See details here.)
  • Check in regularly to see what’s coming up next for raffle prizes.

Help POP reach its $500,000 goal so that the historic Nowland Avenue Bridge can be repaired.  That will also pave the way to complete the the Pogue’s Run Trail.

  • Share on social media
  • Volunteer – especially if you have fundraising or grantwriting abilities

Thank you to all who have gotten us to this point!

In-person Celebration and campaign kickoff was postponed

Due to COVID-19, Pathways Over Pogue’s postponed its March 24 kickoff at Centerpoint.  Instead we hosted a virtual kickoff on June 10, 2020. This was not the time for public events. Our hearts go out to all the businesses and individuals who have been impacted through loss of income and through the disease itself.  Stay safe.

The campaign to raise the $524,000 necessary to repair the historic Nowland Avenue Bridge and help move the Pogue’s Run Trail forward continues through grant writing, corporate and individual giving.

We also raffled off a cool donation from Big Green on 4/2/20 of 75 packets of seeds in a canvas bag with t-shirt and hat, to make sure seeds got into the ground in a timely way.   Thanks to generosity of participants that one item was made use of by multiple raffle winners.

Thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who worked on and contributed to this event.