Year End Letter from the Board

Brittany ShortFrom the President, Pumpkinvine News, Uncategorized

Dear Pumpkinvine Nature Trail supporter, The final section of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between county roads 20 and 35 in Middlebury is now open to the public. Walkers, runners and cyclists can now travel easily between Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana without leaving the safety of the trail. The vision, decades in the making, is finally complete. It’s difficult to fully …

Construction to Begin on Final Gap in Pumpkivine

Brittany ShortConstruction Update, Pumpkinvine News

Friends, The final stretch of trail to be constructed between C.R. 35 and C.R. 20 has hit an exciting milestone. We want to let you know that we recently awarded Niblock Excavating with the contract for this long-awaited project. In the coming weeks you will see machinery onsite as they begin moving dirt. The segment provides many physical challenges due …

READi Grant Awarded

Melissa VoughtConstruction Update, Newsletter, Pumpkinvine News, Uncategorized

We are very excited to share the news that on September 19th, the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Trail, Inc. was awarded a $100,000 READI grant to assist in completing the trail. Recent construction cost volatility has made it challenging to know exactly how much the final section will actually cost, but this grant puts the Friends in a good financial …

Connecting Our County

Brittany ShortFrom the President, Newsletter, Pumpkinvine News, Uncategorized

By Brittany Short I remember attending my first Friends of the Pumpkinvine Board meeting in 2016. The most memorable item on the agenda that day explored the question: What does the Friends of the Pumpkinvine become after all the “gaps” are complete? Conversations about the Shipshewana extension had begun, we were actively engineering the section between County Roads 20 and …

Members Becoming Friends

Melissa VoughtNewsletter, Pumpkinvine News, Uncategorized

The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail would not be possible without the tremendous support of this community through volunteerism, sponsorships, advocacy, and donations. Because we value every commitment made to the trail, we are making a change to our donor recognition program to reflect that gratitude.  Rather than referring to those who donate as “members”, all donors will now be referred to …

Krider Rest Area Now Open

Brittany ShortConstruction Update, Middlebury, Pumpkinvine News

The Krider Rest Area is now open, and is the direct result of a collaboration between various community entities including: Town of Middlebury Friends of Middlebury Parks Community Foundation of Elkhart County Bontrager Family Foundation Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail Pumpkinvine Cyclery The Scott & Vonnie Trumble Family The facility has two handicap accessible restrooms complete with diaper changing …

Progress Made on Final Remaining Gap in the Pumpkinvine

Brittany ShortConstruction Update, Goshen, Middlebury, Pumpkinvine News

650 feet of greenway to the west of County Road 35 in Middlebury is nearly complete, and the long-anticipated closure of the Trail’s final gap is on the horizon. However, Brittany Short, Friends of the Pumpkinvine Board President, says that getting to this point took longer than anticipated. Gas main discovery halts 2020 construction In October of 2020, Trail construction …

Carrico named 2020 Outstanding Trail Advocate Receives Greenways Foundation award at its Annual Luncheon

Brittany ShortPumpkinvine News, Volunteer Feature

By John Yoder Elkhart resident Robert Carrico, a member of the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail board of directors, received the 2021 Outstanding Trail Advocate award from the Indiana Greenways Foundation at the organization’s virtual Annual Luncheon, April 29, 2021. The foundation gives this award each year to the trail advocate who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting trails …

Public-Private Partnership Results in Shipshewana Pumpkinvine Extension & Nearly $1m Grant

Brittany ShortPumpkinvine News

by John Yoder, Brittany Short & Norm Kauffmann One of the final gaps in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail has received funding for development. On Thursday, March 4th, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ NextLevel Trails program announced second round grant picks. This announcement comes nearly a near after the original decisions were due to be made; postponed due to the …

Nearly $1m Grant Awarded to Town of Shipshewana for Pumpkinvine Extension

Brittany ShortPumpkinvine News

Thanks in part to a generous NextLevel Trails Grant, and the work of more than a few determined individuals, Pumpkinvine Nature Trail will finally connect to downtown Shipshewana by the end of 2021. On Thursday, March 4th, the grantees of the 2nd round of NextLevel Trails Grants were announced–nearly a near after the original announcement predictions, due to the COVID-19 …

The difference a trail makes: the area south of the bridge over the Little Elkhart River

friendsHistory, Middlebury, Pumpkinvine News

 Every time I ride the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail over the trestle bridge spanning the Little Elkhart River in Middlebury, I’m reminded of how bad the area south of the bridge looked before it was turned into the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. I remember it as something like a dump, and I’m amazed to see how much better it looks today with …