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Recreational Trails Program Award

2005 Recreational Trails Program awards

River Bluff Trail Project

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Project sponsor: Memorial Hospital; Memorial Hospital Foundation; Logansport Parks Department, Cass County Parks Department, Little Turtle Waterway, corporations and individuals in the community
Award Category: Construction & Design (Non-Motorized)
2005 Annual Achievement Award winner: for trail projects funded through the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration

Initiated by a $150,000 RTP grant, the 1.3 mile, 10-foot wide paved and landscaped River Bluff Trail is constructed on donated land and abandoned railway along the Eel River.


The trail is designed for walking, running, biking, and roller-blading, with bridge overlooks, resting places, and a picnic area. The trail also features an accessible canoe/kayak launch.

The Memorial Hospital Foundation was chosen to spearhead this strategic initiative because it exists to provide direction and financial support for activities that promote health and wellness in the community. Logansport and Cass County Parks Departments and the Little Turtle Waterway, a local park and trails group, provided technical assistance.


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Funding assistance for the over $910,000 total project came from corporate and individuals in the community.

Use has steadily increased and includes youth groups, schools, municipal agency training, group homes, and individuals. In addition to promoting physical health, the popularity of the trail has developed a community focal point, created much good will in the community, and improved the overall quality of life.

Contact: Becky Lowry, Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1101 Michigan Avenue, Logansport, IN 46947; (574) 753-1414

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