Friends of Eagle Trails

Friends of the Trails realizes the potential impact the Eagle Trails will have on Newton and is seeking public support for the project. The addition of something as simple as a paved, ADA-compliant walking trail can unlock a valuable opportunity for affordable and accessible exercise and recreation while also attracting visitors from the surrounding area. Eagle Trails is a six-phase project creating a multi-use trail system linking Sam Parr State Park to downtown Newton. The project includes the construction of the Aquatic Center, the rehabilitation of the Historic Embarras River Bridge, downtown sidewalk beautification, and the construction of a ten foot wide concrete multi-use trail system. Eagle Trails is open to the public at no charge and provides a safe, designated, ADA-Compliant route for non-motorized travel (pedestrian, bicycle, wheelchair, in-line skating, etc.) between Sam Parr State Park and Downtown Newton.

Newton Eagle Trails Project Phases

Become a Trail Supporter 

Until 2017, all funding for Eagle Trails had come from grant funding, but Friends of the Trails realized it would need local support to continue the project. At that point, Friends of the Trails partnered with Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible gifts on behalf of the City of Newton to support Eagle Trails. Friends of the Trails invite you to become a Supporter of the Trails by making your pledge today. There are several pledge levels available at two separate locations along the Trails:

  • Eagle Trail Riverwalk Feature at Peterson Park
  • Eagle Trail Courtyard at the Historic Embarras River Bridge
      
Rendering of the Eagle Trail Courtyard at the Historic Embarras River Bridge Rendering of the Eagle Trail Courtyard at the Historic Embarras River Bridge

Download our donor packet to make your pledge today!