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Dunes-Kankakee Trail dedicated

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Published on August 24, 2016 with No Comments

Many of the key people who helped bring the Dunes-Kankakee Trail to fruition gathered today for the dedication of the now-completed section of the trail from Indiana Dunes State Park south to the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.

The 2.5-mile section was dedicated with a brief ceremony and ribbon cutting Wednesday morning.

Among the speakers at the event were Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer; U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville; Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Paul Labovitz; Indiana Dunes State Park Property Manager Brandt Baughman; Porter County Planner Bob Thompson; Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority President and CEO Bill Hanna; Greg Stinson of the Porter Town Council; South Shore Line CEO/General Manager Michael Noland; and Mitch Barloga of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

Weimer said during the ceremony that the idea for the trail began in 2006 and wouldn’t have been possible without cooperation between agencies like the state park, national park, town of Porter, Porter County and the Indiana Department of Transportation. She also praised Visclosky and the RDA for providing funding.

The trail will eventually go all the way to the Kankakee River. For now, people can rent bikes Thursday through Monday at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and enjoy the completed section of the trail. People from outside the area can also take bikes on the South Shore trains on weekends and take the trail to the beach.

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