Golden spoke will join bistate trail

2013-10-22T19:38:00Z 2013-10-22T23:15:07Z Golden spoke will join bistate trailPAUL CZAPKOWICZ Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 22, 2013 7:38 pm  • 

LANSING | Residents on both sides of the state line will have reason to celebrate at 3 p.m. Sunday when a marker is revealed to officially recognize the connection of Illinois and Indiana via the Pennsy Greenway bike trail.

"Lansing and Munster will be included in a handful of towns throughout the United States where the actual trail name carries over a state line," said John Wilson, director of parks and recreation for the Lan-Oak Park District.

Those who attend the Golden Spoke Celebration should park at the Lansing Country Club, 18600 Wentworth Ave. From there they will be directed along the bike path to the state line.

"It's probably less than an eighth of a mile," Wilson said.. "It's a short walk."

Officials from Lansing and Munster will speak, as will a representative from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Wilson said the trail will continue from Munster on through Schererville and eventually to Crown Point.

He said Lansing completed its side of the trail in 2008 and Munster connected to the trail in June of this year.

"It was a good project and everybody saw the value into the trail, both social and economically, for their communities," Wilson said.

The Pennsy Greenway gets its name from the fact that it runs largely along the old Pennsylvania Railroad line.

On the Illinois side, the Pennsy Greenway will join with the 450-mile Burnham Greenway/Grand Illinois system.

In Indiana it will connect to the Erie-Lackawanna Trail and Veterans Memorial Trail in Crown Point, where it joins up with the American Discovery Trail, which runs across the country.

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