Public invited to dedication of Dunes-Kankakee Trail

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Published on July 13, 2016 with No Comments

Area residents are invited to bring their walking shoes or bicycles to the dedication ceremony for the Dunes-Kankakee Trail, which now goes uninterrupted from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to Indiana Dunes State Park.

The dedication is set for 10 a.m., on Wednesday, July 20 at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49, in Porter. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, is the keynote speaker.

After the ceremony, people can walk or bike the approximately three miles from the Visitor Center to the beach.

The trail planning began eight years ago and has involved cooperation between municipal, county and state officials. Grants from the federal government and the Regional Development Authority helped fund the project.

Portions of the trail between the Visitor Center and the state park were previously completed, but the connecting segment was just finished in April. People can also take the South Shore Line and get off at the Dune Park station and use the trail to walk or ride a bicycle to the state park.

The ultimate goal is for the trail to go from the dunes south to the Kankakee River. That will give Porter County a north to south biking trail. Bicyclists can already go the entire east to west length of the county on trails.

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