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2 local trails get million dollar grants

May 2, 2019 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that 17 communities will receive $25 million for 42 miles of new trail development. 

It is the first round of a $90 million state trails initiative. 

Two areas projects made the cut - 

The Pufferbelly Trail in Allen County received $3.3 million. It extends the Pufferbelly Trail 4.33 miles north from the Life Bridge Church trailhead to near the Allen/DeKalb county line, including a connection to the Gump Road Trail in Huntertown. The new asphalt trail is part of the planned Poka-Bache Connector, which will ultimately link Pokagon State Park in Steuben County to Ouabache State Park in Wells County. Expected completion date is 2021. 


The Conklin Bay Boardwalk & Trail received $1 million. It extends the existing Syracuse-Wawasee Trail with 1/3 mile of wetland boardwalk and 2/3 mile of concrete trail. The new trail extends the existing 11-mile multi-use trail system in the town of Syracuse to Grandview Drive, which provides access to 3 miles of hiking trails operated by the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation and the Lakes and the Levinson-LaBrosse Wetlands Education Center. Expected completion date is later this year.