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Downtown Pathways Project

The Downtown Pathways Project is the next big improvement project being planned for downtown Bluffton, Indiana.  The goal is to improve 5 key alleyways in downtown from forgotten downtown spaces to actively used pedestrian-friendly spaces!  These alleyways are key connections between our public parking lots and the Market Street corridor.  Check out this page to get the most up-to-date information about this project and how you can participate in making this project a great next step for outdoor space in our community.

The first phase of the Downtown Pathways Project which will be alleyways 1, 2, and 4 is scheduled to commence construction in October of 2023.  Bluffton NOW! will continue the fundraising efforts to complete the second phase which will be alleyways 3 and 5.  We are excited to begin construction on this transformational project in our city center.

How Can You Help

We are needing to fundraise an additional $260,000 to help complete Phase 2 of the Downtown Pathways Project.  Please help us spread the word about the Downtown Pathways Project to your friends, coworkers, and family.  Will you consider financially supporting the project through a tax-deductible donation?  If you have already contributed, would you consider increasing your gift to assist in pushing us to our final fundraising goal?  With your help, we will continue to improve our city center.

How to Donate

Click Here to download the project donation sheet. Please fill this out and return with your donation.  You can make a multi-year donation to the Downtown Pathways Project.  Please specify the details on the project donation sheet.

Downtown Pathways Project Sponsor $125,000

Wells County Foundation


   In November, the Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved devoting the $100,000 from the Lilly GIFT VII grant, and an additional $25,000 from the Unrestricted Fund in support of the Downtown Pathways Project.  “The Foundation Board recognizes a thriving downtown area is the heart of the community.   The downtown Bluffton area is coming back to life and it will serve as a harbinger of larger social, economic, demographic, and technological trends.  Through a large grant to the Parlor City Plaza, the purchase of Market Street Centre to house the Foundation office, and now this $125,000 grant to the Downtown Pathways Project, the Foundation is pleased to be a major partner in supporting the continued improvement of the downtown area” said Tammy Slater, Foundation CEO.

Thanks to Patronicity and IHCDA Bluffton NOW! has received a $50,000 matching grant for the Downtown Pathways Project thanks to everyone who participated in making this possible.  Your donation has helped to kickstart this great project!


Alley Naming Sponsor $50,000 or $25,000

The Bruce & Terri Miller Family
Steve & Yvette Huggins Family

Dr. Harry Brickley Farm Foundation
Chip & Kim Mann

Alley Art Sponsor $15,000

Conor & Ashley Jackson
*Multiple Available

Alley Lighting & Shade Sponsor $10,000

Alley 1 - First Bank Berne
Alley 2 - Kim Gentis - Raymond James
Alley 4 - Parlor City Cabinetry
*Multiple Available

Alley Amenity Sponsor $5,000

James S. Jackson's Company
Farmer & Merchants Bank
Barkley Builders
Robert and Sarah MacNeill
John & Jolin Whicker
Honegger, Ringger & Co. - Trent Bucher & Mark Gerber
*Multiple Available

Gold Level Sponsors $2,500

Habegger Ace   Nick Huffman   Edward Jones - Doug Fear, Jeremy Penrod, Larry Smith, and Jeremy Todd  Craigville Telephone   
Timothy & Julia Babcock  Edge Manufacturing, Sarah Owens
David & Barbara Oswalt 
*Multiple Available

Silver Level Sponsors $1,000

Michael & Bri Lautzenheiser    Mike & Debbie Lautzenheiser
Chandler & Rachel Gerber    Kyle & Alyssa Gerber   
Senior Money Life / Jerry Flack & Associates   
AdamsWells Internet Telecom TV    Lee & Carla Vongunten 
Bluffton Family Eyecare    Brad & Michelle Baumgartner
Blake & Fawn Gerber    Bob & Jamie Thompson
Mark & Angie Reinhard    Dean & Cyndee Fiechter
Lynn Fiechter Farms    Alpha Group   Ryan & Sara Miskin
In Memory of Greg & Jane Waters   
Mr. & Mrs. Terry Donaghy  Rick and Laura Gentis 
*Multiple Available

Bronze Level Sponsors $500

OKA Corp  Chris & Terri Oliver   American Salvage   Sym Financial   
James Bowman    Jessica Ault   Michael Towne   George & Jan Babcock
David & Deanna Brinneman   Shambaugh & Son   Bastille Partners
Bluffton Roofing   Andrews & Crell LLP
Andrew & Jalinda Pursifull   
*Multiple Available  

Downtown Pathways Project - Site Assessment

Here is the link to the Downtown Pathways Project - Site Assessment Completed by Engineering Resources.

Downtown Pathways Project - Design Plans

Downtown Pathways Project - Concept Art

Financial Ask Document / Sponsor Info

Click Here

What is the Project Timeline?

Construction in 2023 - 2024

Click Here for More Information on Making a Donation to Bluffton NOW!

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