A milestone celebration is set to take place in Fort Wayne on Monday, Nov. 13 with the official marking of the 100th mile of the regional trail network.
Fort Wayne and area residents are welcome to attend the event, hosted by the City of Fort Wayne, Allen County and Fort Wayne Trails Inc. Attendees can tag and post past and present trail memories and images on social media using #fwtrails100 or on the City of Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne Trails Facebook pages.
The meeting place is the location of the 100th mile, a part of the Rivergreenway near The Plex North, north of Johnny Appleseed Park. Set to kick off at 11:00a.m. it will also feature historical artifacts. The 100th mile of the rural and urban trail network was paved in October, with minor edging work to be completed over the coming weeks.
Frank Suárez of the City of Fort Wayne is expecting a good turnout, from trail volunteers at the grassroots level to bike and running clubs, adding that the trail network should reach 107 miles by the end of the year.
“Currently, 110,000 residents of Allen County are connected to within one-quarter mile of the trail,” said Suárez.
“To hit 100 miles is a testament to our community's drive for a better quality of life,” said Kent Castleman, Executive Director of Fort Wayne Trails Inc., “For four decades, groups of citizens in partnership with municipalities have been advocating for more trails in Fort Wayne and Allen County.”
The organizations are hoping to collect photos of friends and families using the trail network from the 1970s and onwards.