“We discovered huge numbers of people who believed that recycling this railroad corridor would improve the quality of life by creating shared public space,” he said.
As for what’s next for the trail and the Friend group, Yoder said they are already working on finishing up the two major gaps still in the trail, which are about a mile and a half between Middlebury and Goshen and from the end of the trail to downtown Shipshewana, Yoder said.
“That’s why we made this a ribbon cutting rather than a grand opening because we’d really like to see it finished,” he said.
While Yoder said there is no timetable for the finish of the trail, he said that the new sections make the trail easier to use and less confusing for users.
“This enhances the trail, the parts that were already there and makes the whole thing much more accessible,” he said.