NORTH JUDSON, India (Inside INdiana Business) – The state will begin Friday with a ribbon-cutting trail in Stark County. Gov. Eric Holcomb declared 2021-2022 the “Year of Indiana Trails” following a resolution passed by the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy says the definition “provides an opportunity to bring together trail users, business owners, non-profit organizations, local and state-selected employees and other stakeholders to test Hoosier trails and share the value of walking, cycling and other motorized infrastructure for all Indiana residents and visitors. “
Officials will begin the year-round celebration by cutting the Erie Trail extension along the Great American Rail-Trail in North Judson. Other events will take place this weekend in Muncie, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.
“Indiana Trail Year creates a significant opportunity to promote the community around the growing network of trails in the state,” said Brian Housh, RTC’s Midwest Policy Manager and lead organizer behind the initiative. “This gives us a chance to celebrate iconic projects like the Great American Rail-Trail, which will connect hundreds of miles of Indiana trails and bring significant economic, health, leisure, safety and other benefits to Hoosiers’ quality of life.”
Housh says the celebration is focused on efforts during the next legislative session, as stakeholders will seek to secure ongoing funding for the governor’s Next Level Trails program, established in 2018. RTC says ongoing funding will amount to 10 million dollars a year.