Noble Trails Busy with Events, Plans Walk for National Trails Day

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ROME CITY — As spring turns into summer, Noble Trails has been busy planning and organizing a number of events, including an informational trail walk.

April 28, Noble Trails held the Fishing Line Trail 5K run/walk. Nearly a hundred people joined the event. The crowd represented a full range of local residents, all interested in improving the trail system in Noble County. With their donations and the support of 15 corporate and civic organization sponsors, Noble Trails was able to raise the funds to continue the construction of the Fishing Line Trail between Rome City and Kendallville.

Winners of the 5K race were, Mark Lash, 24:28, men’s division; Amy Brandt, 24:48, women’s division; and Ben Spidel, 25:30, youth division.

Construction continues on several sections of the Fishing Line Trail. Paving has begun in recent weeks, and the new sections will be completed and the trail will be open this summer.

Construction was given a boost with a grant donation of $5,000 to Noble Trails from the Greenways Foundation, a charitable trust that promotes the growth and use of Indiana’s greenways. Part of these funds comes through additional fees collected from the “I Support Trails” license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Noble Trails is also coordinating with the Noble County Parks and Recreation Department to sponsor a “Take-A-Stroll Saturday” walk on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 2. At 9 a.m., walkers will begin in the parking lot at the corner of C.R. 450E and C.R. 800N. Depending on weather conditions, Noble Trails volunteers may give a tour of the current construction project or the existing trail section during the event.

The stroll events are organized by the Parks Board to highlight trails throughout Noble County. Several opportunities exist for Take-A-Stroll Saturday hikes this summer including, a canoe trip on July 28 with the West Lakes Association along the Elkhart River; Kendallville Parks Department on the Bixler Lake Trail, Aug. 25; and on Sept. 22, National Public Lands Day, with Chain O’Lakes State Park.

Details will be added to the Noble County Parks and Recreation Board’s website, noblecoparks.wixsite.com/website, as they are finalized.For more information on Noble Trails, contact Terry Gaff, Noble Trails president, at gaff.terry@gmail.com or at 242-1100.

Questions about Take-A-Stroll Saturday can be addressed to Ray Scott, Noble County Parks and Recreation Board president, at 347-2210.