Amish Directory now includes the Pumpkinvine
Recently I purchased a copy of the Indiana Amish Directory 2017: Elkhart, LaGrange, and Noble Counties, a 1090-page volume edited by Joas and Freda Miller from Middlebury, Ind. In the forward, the editors say: “Our goal for the Directory is to make it a reliable source of birth, marriage, and death date information. Also we try to provide accurate addresses, church district maps, and locations of Amish homes, schools, and cemeteries.”
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.
2018 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride registration is open
Early registration for the bike ride ends on May 16. Visit ride.pumpkinvine.org for information about the ride and for a link to the ride registration site.
The Quaker Trace Trail seeks letters of support
Friends of the Quaker Trace Trail are asking for demonstrations of public support. The Quaker Trace Trail is envisioned as a multi-use trail connecting Elkhart, Bristol and Middlebury running primarily along County Road 8. More information about their appeal for support can be found here. Follow this link for detailed information about their project.
Parking lots at CR 35 and CR 43 will close in November
Parking lots on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail at County Road 35 and County Road 43 were closed sometime in November. Nick Steele, Safety Coordinator for Elkhart County Parks said "I use my best judgement when it comes to closing them for the season." Because the gravel used as base at County Road is round and not crushed limestone, it cannot be plowed efficiently and, therefore, would be plowed into piles with the snow.
The lot at County Road 35, however, "has little or no gravel base and becomes extremely muddy and hazardous," Steele said. "So from the maintenance standpoint, it's much easier to close the lots down once the weather turns nasty". The County Road 35 parking lot will remain unfinished until there is definite word on how the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail will cross County Road 35. The County Road 37 parking lot is paved and is maintained during winter months.
Other factors that impact the decision to close the parking lots are that Elkhart County Parks no longer have seasonal, part time-time staff to maintain all of the parks not the equipment to keep everything open and well maintained.
Steele noted that the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is the last trail in the Elkhart County Parks system to be plowed in winter. "If the snow becomes too intense or we feel its unsafe to maintain, it will be closed".
Pumpkinvine Annual Dinner, April 24, 2018
Pumpkinvine Bike Ride, June 16, 2018
Pumpkinvine Trail map
Download a Pumpkinvine Trail map in pdf format.
Kroger & AmazonSmile Rewards
Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail are registered to receive rewards through the Kroger Community Rewards Program and AmazonSmile. If you want to help 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: 2018 Levels of giving and Associated Benefits for 2018, in pdf format.