Bicycling enthusiasts, officials celebrate opening of Pennsy Greenway trail

2013-10-27T20:15:00Z 2013-10-28T16:23:19Z Bicycling enthusiasts, officials celebrate opening of Pennsy Greenway trailPAUL CZAPKOWICZ Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 27, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

About 120 residents from Illinois and Indiana gathered Sunday afternoon for a ceremony to celebrate the connection of the two states via the Pennsy Greenway bike trail.

The point where the two states meet on the trail is just east of Wentworth Avenue, where red brick pavement marks the spot. An archway is expected to be added at a later date.

Lansing had completed its section of the trail in 2008 and Munster finished its earlier this year.

A group of dignitaries that included Illinois state Rep. Marcus Evans, Lansing Village President Norm Abbott and Munster Town Manager Tom DeGiulio took turns addressing the crowd and explaining the significance of the bistate cooperation that made the trail connection possible.

"Trails are very important for all of us," said Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. "And it's important for us to create safe places for children and families to recreate and to be healthy."

Other speakers that followed a presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop 271 out of Lansing included Steven Morris*, director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resource's division of outdoor recreation, and John Wilson, director of parks and recreation for the Lan-Oak Park District.

Wilson said Sunday's event means much more than simply the linking of two towns and states.

"The Pennsy Greenway will be part of an American Discovery Trail, a 6,000 mile trail from coast to coast," Wilson said.

Frank Criswell, of Munster, was among the bike enthusiasts who attended the ceremony.

"It's amazing to see two government entities across state lines do this," he said.

A cyclist for about 50 years, Criswell used to travel the roads on his bike.

"The roads are a little more dangerous now, it seems, so I ride the trails whenever I can," he said.

Diana Harvey, of Munster, said she rides the Pennsy Greenway trail a couple of times a week.

"It's a nice, shady path and nice and smooth," she said.

 

* Editor's note: This story has been corrected from an earlier version.

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