Three Local Project Receiving Next Level Trail Grant Awards
By: Mike Stiles - Friday, March 5, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS – Three local projects will benefit from Next Level Trail grants Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that 18 communities and non-profit organizations will receive a combined $29.6 million. The money will be used for 70 miles
of new trail development as part of the second round of the Next Level Trails program.

One of the projects will be the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in Shipshewana, which is receiving $953,482. The project will add .97 miles to the trail, extending it east into Shipshewana from its current terminus outside of town at County Road 850 West. The new extension follows North Street, ending in North Park. The trail extension eliminates the on road connection to town and improves access to residential neighborhoods and the downtown business district.

The second project will be the New River Greenway n the City of Elkhart. It is receiving $642,000. This project will close gaps in the New River Greenway in the downtown river district of Elkhart by constructing a total of 1.85 miles of trail. It will consist of new asphalt trail, converting some sidewalks into a trail and paving an existing natural surface trail. This will connect to the existing Mapleheart Trail at Hively Avenue to create a contiguous link between downtown Elkhart and the City of Goshen.

The final local project is the Grand Army Of The Republic Trail in the City of Kendallville. The grant amount for this project is $428,784 and will add two segments of asphalt trail totaling .9 of a mile in Kendallville. The western segment will connect the Fishing Line Trail to the Fairview Boulevard Trail near the entrance to ACRES Land Trust's Detering Nature Preserve. The eastern segment extends the Dowling Street Trail from Allen Chapel Road to Wal Mart on U.S. 6.


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