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The Elkhart County Community Foundation awards a grant for trail expansion

Bicyclists riding on the trail.The Elkhart County Community Foundation (ECCF) has awarded the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail a two-year, $300,000 challenge grant to close the "gap" in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 33 and County Road 20. The “challenge” part of the grant means that the foundation will match funds that the Friends of the Pumpkinvine raise over the next two years dollar for dollar up to $300,000.

You can help “Close the gap” in the Pumpkinvine between County Road 33 and County Road 20 by making a generous donation  online. Click on this link. The Friends are applying for grants for the match but will still need to raise at least $135,000 from local trail supporters to build this section of trail.

This grant is a wonderful affirmation of the contribution the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail has made to this community and the desire of the foundation to see the trail extended in this area. Closing gaps in the trail is the top priority for the Friends.

The Friends have been in discussion with the landowners in this section for two years and together with them have outlined a tentative route for the trail through this section. The Friends also commissioned an estimate of what building a trail in this section would cost and used that estimate in the grant application to the Elkhart County Community Foundation.

Net income from the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the ECCF grant.

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail named Trail of the Month for November, 2014

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is the Trail of the Month for November at the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Follow this link to the Trailblog.

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