In recognition of the work of
Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail
At the Indiana Greenways Conference, March 1997, the Friends received the Private Non-Profit Award in "recognition of efforts in Greenway development.
In appreciation of the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail for outstanding contributions to the Town of Middlebury Park Board: Linear Greenway Park.
February 21, 2012, The Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc. received the 2011 "Quality of Life Award" from the Shipshewana Town Council at the Retail Merchants Association annual banquet. Roger Yoder, president of the Town Council who presented the award, said the award was in recognition of the positive impact the Friends of the Pumpkinvine had made to improve the quality of life for the residents of Shipshewana by championing the creation of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.
On Dec. 5, 2013, the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc., received the “2013 Community Service Award” from the Goshen Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s annual dinner. The award was in recognition of the Friends "contribution to Goshen’s Quality of Place.” In accepting the award, John Yoder, Friends’ president thanked the Goshen community for taking the lead in supporting the Friends in their efforts to create the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. It is very gratifying to receive the award, he said, “but the greatest satisfaction comes from seeing so many people enjoying the trail.”
On February 25, 2014 at the Indiana Greenways Foundation’s annual luncheon in Indianapolis, the Friends received the foundation’s “Outstanding Trail Group” award for 2013. The Greenways’ awards are presented “to those individuals, communities, corporations and projects that have exhibited outstanding excellence in advancing greenways, or multi-use trail development throughout Indiana. Categories include Outstanding Public Official, Trail Advocate, Trail Group, Corporation, Trail Project and Local Government.”
On March 13 at their annual dinner, the Friends received the Beautification Award from the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce. “Each time a new section of trail opens, as two did in Middlebury this year, I’m impressed again with what a good idea it was to recycle this old railroad corridor into a linear park. It is a beautiful ribbon of green through town. One new section brings us into town through the U.S. 20 tunnel from the south, where we can enjoy the serenity of an urban forest and wetlands, while entering town from the east on that new section, we are greeted by the Dairy Queen, which after a hard ride, has a beauty of its own.” - John Yoder