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First mile of Veterans Memorial Trail opened virtually

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on June 17, 2020 with No Comments

On June 6, on the commemoration of D-Day, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy virtually joined The Friends of the Veterans Memorial Parkway, Inc., along with the town of Hebron, Gov. Eric Holcomb and representatives from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to celebrate the first mile of the Veterans Memorial Trail, which will connect Indiana to the national cross-country Great American Rail-Trail.

When completed, the Veterans Memorial Trail will link Hebron to the city of Crown Point along the Veterans Memorial Parkway (U.S. 231). The trail, which was funded in part with a state-based Next Level Trails grant, will connect a series of memorials honoring the sacrifices of those who served and died for America. The Veteran’s Memorial Trail connection is the latest announcement of progress along the preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail.

“What a milestone for Indiana, the town of Hebron and the city of Crown Point. Indiana is no stranger to dreaming big when it comes to walking and bicycling projects,” said Ryan Chao, president of RTC. “Your leadership—and your goal of having a trail within five miles of every person who lives in your state is aspirational and powerful.”

The Veterans Memorial Trail segment joins the recently completed Pennsy Greenway Extension, also being celebrated with a ribbon cutting June 6, as the first new trail miles to be added to the Great American Rail-Trail in Indiana since the project was announced in May of 2019. These two trail segments bring the total miles of existing trail along the Great American in Indiana to 221.

To learn more about the Great American Rail-Trail and to view the preferred route, visit greatamericanrailtrail.org and follow @greatamericanrailtrail and #GRTAmerican on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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