Northside Trail opens along St. Joe River

The mayors of South Bend and Mishawaka met up today to unveil the completed Northside Trail along St. Joseph’s River.

The ribbon has been cut and the three-mile path from Howard Park to the eastern city limits at Logan Street is open.

The final phase of the trail started back in April and cost a total of $1.6 million. The new section of the Northside Trail features a 10-foot wide concrete path with views of the river and the bridges that cross it.

The project also included restoration of historic stonewalls from the 1930s.

Cecil Eastman, a resident of St. Joe is a fan of the new path, “Well this is wonderful because I love the idea of being able to ride safely, out of the way of traffic, to enjoy the beauty of the river, which as the mayor said they're putting a lot of effort into refurbishing and revitalizing the river. So this is a beautiful thing.”

According to South Bend’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg, “We hope to have more and more trails coming together. We're very proud of the designation we have as a bicycle friendly community. That's a pretty special thing, and it attracts a lot of people to the area.

Community leaders hope to someday extend the project into Niles and create a 22-mile Michiana Bikeway across the Indiana-Michigan state line.

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