Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Ribbon cutting held for Archbishop Noll Parkway

Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018

Several people attended a ribbon cutting for the newly established Archbishop Noll Memorial Parkway on Tuesday, July 31 at Our Sunday Visitor, 200 Noll Plaza. Old U.S.-24 coming into Huntington from the east was renamed, and is now officially open to the public. The parkway is named after Archbishop John Francis Noll who was an entrepreneur and worked hard in our community to spur on economic development and growth.

The nearly eight-month and $1.7 million project is now complete. The project removed an east bound lane to make room for an eight foot wide multi-use trail. The project also included improvements to the drainage, cutouts for drivers and better access to businesses through the repaving of a mile-long stretch of the highway according to Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services for the City of Huntington.

Goodnight went on to say that the city received almost $700,000 through the state through the Community Crossings Grant to help fund the project. Goodnight continued, even if we would not have included the trail, the cost of the project would still have been $1 million to pave and to do all the additional work that was done.

Community Development and Redevelopment director Bryn Keplinger said that the city used tax increment financing (TIF) to help fund the project. TIF money is future property tax revenue that is used for economic development and improvements. By showing commitment to these types of projects its helps businesses large and small to follow suit and reinvest into their properties.

Kyle Hamilton, CEO, Our Sunday Visitor said that he believes the new parkway will continue to build economic development for the community. We all know the value of first impressions and this parkway will definitely make a great first impression on those coming into Huntington. This gateway will change their initial and final impression of Huntington as a great place to live, work and raise a family and possibly start or relocate their business.

The trails will give those interested in walking or riding bicycles to work better access, said Jim Lewis, president of Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association (HARTA). The improvement will benefit the community by creating space for physical activity, attracting businesses, and individuals to the community. These improvements will also help with increasing property values and safety of people going to the pump track, skate park, Lake Clare and to the downtown area.

Mayor Brooks Fetters and Hamilton then unveiled the display signage to honor the legacy of Archbishop Noll. Fetters said, as we gather here this morning, we gather at a place in this community that is a prominent pathway since the earliest record of time. Right out there, there were Indian trails, canoes, canal boats, railroads, interurban, automobiles and trucks. This corridor is the east face of Huntington and it has been remade once again. It screams welcome to a great community, welcome to Huntington.

Shown in the photo from left to right are Rev. Ron Rieder, formerly of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church; Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services, City of Huntington; Mayor Brooks Fetters; Monsignor Owen Campion, formerly of Our Sunday Visitor; Kyle Hamilton, chief executive officer, Our Sunday Visitor; Adam Cuttriss, assistant director of public works and engineering services, City of Huntington; Karen Schafbuch, great niece of Archbishop Noll; Steve Yoder, superintendent of parks and recreation, City of Huntington; Gregg Koppelmann, Huntington area manager, E&B Paving; Seth Boyd, design engineer, DLZ; Jim Lewis, president, Huntington Area Recreational Trails Association; Bryn Keplinger, director of community development and redevelopment, City of Huntington and Kevin Noll a member of Archbishop Noll’s family.