The Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail is a 34 mile multi-use trail extending from Niles, MI to Mishawaka, IN (and someday beyond). As with all bicycle/pedestrian transportation projects, it is a favorite project of nearly all regional residents, but a favorite scapegoat of many transportation skeptics: as such it needs a big cash infusion to reach fruition.
This project has been recently blessed by a possible infusion of the much needed cash. The beneficiary of this cash is Niles Township: from the City of Niles, to the Indiana/Michigan State Line the township recently announced nearly $300,000 of funding.
- $5,000 The Plym Foundation has committed $5,000
- $286,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) via the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF). This is pending legislative approval and appropriation.
Mr. Harry Thibault, Niles Township Park Commission Chairman, said he’s already received local foundation and private commitments totaling around $41,000. Thibault, and the park commission, hope to raise another $100,000 to cover the $141,000 committed by the township toward the project. Thibault also emphasized that “after we raise funds for this portion, we will need up to $178,000 for Phase II to connect with the Niles city trail and finish the Michigan portion of the IN-MI River Valley Trail.”