The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail partners are working to create a 34-mile trail connecting Niles, MI to Mishawaka, IN. The completed trail would be used by commuters, students, families and tourists. The trail would connect people to:
- 4 universities and several schools
- 4 downtowns (Niles, Roseland, South Bend and Mishawaka)
- 16 parks and 2 YMCAs
- 5 hospitals or major medical facilities
- Several historical and cultural attractions
- Businesses offering eating, lodging and shopping
As shown on the map, a few segments are needed to complete this trail system. The preliminary estimated cost to construct 4 miles in Indiana and 4 miles in Michigan is $3 million. (This estimate does not include factors such as acquisition, road crossing treatments, sensitive environmental features and site conditions.)
Updates on Progress
In 2010, the City of Niles completed 2.25 miles of trail from Plym Park to 3rd/Fort Street. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 30, 2010. The trail was funded by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the City of Niles. Thanks to all of the hard work and dedication at the City of Niles, especially the Public Works and Community Development staff and the Parks Committee.
As you can see from the "Trail Ends" pciture, the trail needs to be completed south of the City of Niles. The Niles Township Parks Committee is actively working with partners to make this connection from Niles City to the Indiana state line. Niles Township has secured a 20 year lease agreement with Indiana-Michigan Power along the utility corridor to make this trail a reality!
In Indiana, the St. Joseph County Parks Department and partners are working to continue the trail to Roseland and onto South Bend and Mishawaka. St. Joseph County Parks and Michiana Council of Governments have conducted a traffic study at Cleveland Avenue and have found an affordable solution for getting trail users across this busy road.
In South Bend, IN, extension of the section known as the Northside Trail will be constructed in 2012. The extension will more-or-less parallel Northside Blvd. from 21st Street to Logan St. where it will link up with Mishawaka's Riverwalk.
Several organizations and agencies support the completion of this trail. IN-MI River Valley Trail Partners Your organization can consider signing a resolution of support (PDF or Word). If your organization would like to have a presentation made about the effort, please contact Marcy Colclough at 269-925-1137 x25 or email@example.com.
-Short version (PDF)
-Long version (PDF)
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