Shipshewana to build Trail extension in 2021 (updated map)

Brittany Short Pumpkinvine News, Shipshewana

In the autumn of 2019 Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail purchased two parcels of land needed for the trail extension. They closed on this parcel early in 2020 and transferred ownership to the Town of Shipshewana. In late summer of 2020 Shipshewana received the final donation of land need to extend the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail from County Road 850 …

Trail maintenance donations at work

Brittany Short Pumpkinvine News

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 …

FAQs about the new Pumpkinvine section between CR 33 and CR 20

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

Q: Is this section finished? A: No, it is rideable, but not finished. Additions will include privacy fencing near the overpass and at CR 33, a donor- recognition area, a second entrance-exit to County Road 20 and signage. Q: Why is there a curb along part of the trail just north of the overpass? A: The curb is designed to …

Walkers benefit from the new trail section, too

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

A note from Friends of the Pumpkinvine board member Vivian Schmucker, our most faithful walker and advocate, about her first walk on the new section of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between CR 33 and CR 20 reminded me that this new section will be a welcome addition to the trail for walkers as much as it is for bikers. Even before …

The Indiana legislature passed two laws, effective July 1, 2019, that impact cyclists in Indiana.

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

The first is a three-foot passing law that says when a motorist is overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction, the motorist must “allow at least three (3) feet of clearance between their vehicle and the bicycle and not return the vehicle to the vehicle’s original lane of travel until the vehicle is safely clear of the bicycle.”A vehicle …

A smooth ride — thanks to Bob Carrico

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

In two day, June 15, 2019, a thousand riders will participate in the 20th Pumpkinvine Bike Ride. They will enjoy seeing the new colts in the fields, the beauty of the Indiana countryside and at some point in their ride, experience the shade and off-road safety of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. As they ride the Pumpkinvine, what they may overlook, …

Closing a Pumpkinvine Nature Trail gap

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

It won’t be long before we will see the closing of a one-mile gap in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 33 and County Road 20. This project has been in process for over five years and involved negotiating with five landowners because the Friends of the Pumpkinvine owned only five percent of the Pumpkinvine corridor in this section.  …

Transitions can be opportunities

jdyoder From the President

In May 2018, I attended the Mid-America Trails and Greenway Conference in Columbus, Ohio and went to a workshop titled “Building and Maintaining Sustainable Organizations” led by the first onsultant the Friends of the Pumpkinvine ever had, Rory Robinson, from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the questions discussed in the …