Who are the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail?
Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, Inc. are a not-for-profit corporation, made up of Trail users, dedicated to converting the abandoned Pumpkinvine railroad corridor into a linear park and greenway. The organization depends on volunteers to carry out day-to-day work required to achieve short- and long-term goals. Memberships fund ongoing operational costs.
The Friends purchased the Pumpkinvine railroad corridor in 1993 and donate the land to local park departments after design and engineering are complete, and the land is ready for trail construction. See Managing Agencies for a list of trail managers.
The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is connected to the Maple City Greenway in Goshen which in turn connects to the MapleHeart Trail forming a regional trail network. There are two "gaps" in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail that Friends are working to fill. Currently trail users must travel county roads for 1.75 miles between County Roads 33 and 35 and 0.5 miles between County Road 850 W and downtown Shipshewana.
Friends still own a small portion of the abandoned railroad corridor which they continue to maintain. Additional responsibilities of Friends are:
- Buying land to fill the two "gaps" in the trail
- Marketing, promotion and fundraising for the trail
- Surveying trail usage
- Maintain this website
- Coordinate volunteers
- Provide grant funding for projects, materials, amenities, etc.
- Friends are a member of the Pumpkinvine Advisory Committee that coordinates trail management.