It's taken quite a while, but Friday folks gathered outside of Mary Frank Elementary School to join the organization, "Friends of Granger Paths" as they finally broke ground for a new bike and walking trail in Granger.
For this organization, it has taken 10 years, two federal grants, 165 businesses and many different fundraisers to finally get a multi-use path along Adams Road in Granger, going.
Friday, friends, family and kiddos from Mary Frank and Northpoint Schools came out to help celebrate by participating in the groundbreaking ceremony.
The first phase of the path will start at both elementary schools, come together on Cherry Road, run down Adams to Elm and hook up with the new library.
Contrary to the multiple paths you see in South Bend and Mishawaka, this is one of the only paths you will see in Granger.
“It's harder in Granger because Granger is not a city. So, we do not have a representative per say that we can go to. We can't go to city council and say this is what we would really like, so we have to work the back alleys,” says FGP President, Barbara Fredman.
“It almost can't be overstated how difficult this was. The entities that had to come together don't normally work together. They usually don't communicate. So, for them now to come together and agree that they are going to do this, was major,” says FGP member, Heidi Beidinger-Burnett.
Fredman says the full plan, including the other 2 phases, is very extensive.
She says the next phase would be continued down Adams and hook up with Gumwood and Ironwood.