Local trails busy in June


More than 70,000 walkers, joggers and cyclists journeyed Fort Wayne trails in June – topping the previous mark by almost 18,000. Trail count numbers for the month hit 73,226. The previous high mark for June was 55,432, set in 2012.

“We’ve seen steady numbers all year long, as residents are tapping into our trails for leisure, exercise and as a mode of transportation,” said Dawn Ritchie, director of greenways and trails for the city of Fort Wayne. Ritchie has managed the trail construction projects and maintenance since 2005.

In 2015, with record rainfall and flooding, June user totals of 27,523 were the lowest since counting began in 2010. Infrared counters are utilized to track trail users in 14 locations throughout the city’s 70 miles of trails. The Fort Wayne Trail Network adds another 20 miles outside of the city – creating a network of 90 miles in Allen County.

The city is working together with Fort Wayne Trails Inc. and Allen, DeKalb, Steuben and Wells counties to build the State Visionary Trail which will connect Pokagon State Park in Angola to Ouabache State Park in Bluffton.

Currently, about 22 miles of the 80-mile trail, which will come through Fort Wayne, have been completed.