An abandoned railway becomes a new trail.
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. Funding assistance for the over $910,000 total project came from corporate and individuals in the community.
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.
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.