Newsletter: Grants can help connect communities (Indiana – August 2017)

Having a paved trail can spur recreational activities and other opportunities. Whether you live in an urban area or a small town nestled in the cornfields in Central Indiana, it can be priceless.

Last October, officials in the Town of Sweetser paved the fourth mile of the Sweetser Switch Trail. The first mile was paved in 1995.

“Since we’ve gotten this last section done, we probably see at least 100 people a day using the trail in the summer time,” said Steve Kelley, vice president of the Sweetser Town Council. “It’s just amazing to see all the bikers and walkers.”

“We get people from Marion, about six miles away, who just come down to ride the trail, and others crossing the United States who hear that we have a nice trail and get on it.”

The Sweetser Switch Trail, located just five blocks off State Road 18, is one of the Town’s main attractions. The well-groomed trail includes several shelter houses, two covered bridges, a modern restroom, train cars, a dog park and one of Grant County’s celebrities, Garfield.

Although intended for walking, the trail is open to bicyclists, cross country skiers and runners.

The Sweetser Switch Trail is part of a nationwide network of trails created from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. It connects to the 62-miles long Cardinal Greenway, the longest trail in Indiana, stretching from Marion to Richmond.

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