Friends of the Pumpkinvine Receive Trail Construction Grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County
The Community Foundation of Elkhart County recently awarded a $250,000 grant for trail construction in the "gap" between County Roads 20 and 35. Friends own 0.43 mile of the former Pumpkin Vine Railroad corridor in this section (solid green line on the map); however, they need 600 feet of additional land (dashed green line on the map) to reach County Road 35 where the existing trail (orange line)from Middlebury ends. Friends are negotiating with neighbors to purchase the needed land.
Friends have been working for several years to build trail between County Roads 33 and 20 (yellow line). They recently bought land for that purpose and construction is expected in 2018.
Construction has started on the Ridge Run Trail
Ground breaking for the Ridge Run Trail in Middlebury was held on April 12. Niblock Asphalt and Construction expect construction of the trail to be complete before summer. The trail surface will be 10-feet wide asphalt. The north end of the new trail will be at the Wayne Avenue Trail running southeast to the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail just north of the tunnel under U.S. 20. Spurs will extend to the Essenhaus and the Greencroft Middlebury Retirement Community.
Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, June 17, 2017
Pumpkinvine Trail map
Download a Pumpkinvine Trail map in pdf format.
Kroger shoppers can support Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail through the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Step by step instructions are available here.
A Pumpkinvine Nature Trail brochure is available for download.
Enroll your business to become a Pumpkinvine Nature Trail sponsor. For more information download Corporate Sponsor Opportunities: 2017 Levels of giving and Associated Benefits for 2017, in pdf format.