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Trail maintenance donations at work

Many sections of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail are over 10 years old. Erosion threatens to undermine the asphalt at some locations where the trail was built on a raised railroad bed. On May 1st Elkhart County Parks used a front loader tractor to move 100 tons of #53 gravel to an eroded area near County Road 26 just east of County Road 31. Four Friends volunteers spread the gravel after it was delivered by the tractor. Other sites need similar repair and Friends expect the work to continue into 2021.

Photo of volunteers spreading gravel at a trail repair site.Photo of a tractor front loader delivering gravel to a trail repait site.The collaboration between Friends and Elkhart County Parks provides considerable savings compared to hiring a contractor. Friends bought the gravel with trail maintenance funds donated by trail supporters.

Shipshewana plans to build trail extension in 2021

In late summer Shipshewana received a donation of land need to extend the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail from County Road 850 W into town. Construction of one mile of trail is expected to start in the spring of 2021. A trail head will be built in Wolfe Park near the town hall.

In the autumn of 2019 Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail purchased another parcel of land needed for the trail extension. Last winter Friends transferred ownership of that parcel to the Town of Shipshewana.Map showing the trail extension into Shipshewana.

Trail usage data is available from four counters

Michiana Area Council of Governments collects data from three trail usage counters on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail plus one counter on the Millrace Trail in Goshen. The time scales for the data start at the times that the counters were installed last summer.

CounterLocationDuration of
data collection

(Months)
Time periodTraffic
Elkhart County - Pumpkinvine Trail
Two miles east
of Goshen
2
July 31, 2020 to
Sept. 30, 2020
Cyclists: 20,665
Pedestrians: 5,409
Middlebury - Pumpkinvine Trail
Between Krider Garden
and York Dr.
2
July 31, 2020 to
Sept. 30, 2020
Cyclists: 26,659
Pedestrians: 8,033
Shipshewana - Pumpkinvine Trail
One half mile east
of Shipshewana
3 1/2
June 14, 2020 to
Sept. 30, 2020
Cyclists: 48,290
Pedestrians: 6,146
Millrace Trail
On the Millrace Trail
2
July 31, 2020 to
Sept. 30, 2020
Cyclists: 11,870
Pedestrians: 12,974

 The counter data are analyzed on a website maintained by MACOG. Data from each counter are analyzed individually and a comparison of Key Data from each counter is also provided. A report of data collected through Sept. 30, 2020 is available at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19uY7g0ulwOwYnebzQyEZ_91a449sngFS/view?usp=sharing. The report is an image of the webpages converted to pdf format.