Wabash River Trail: 2 sides

Proponents believe trail will help spur development

An artist's conception of what a vacant lot in downtown Lagro will look like once work by the Wabash River Trail Committee is complete. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

Officials with the Wabash River Trail hope their work in Lagro is the start of a revitalization of the town’s downtown area.
So much so, the group is investing in more than just a trail through town. It also is creating a public restroom facility, as well as a pavilion downtown that can be used during such things as the Lagro Good Ole Days festival.
WRT President Amy Ford and Treasurer Justin Gillespie, along with Christine Flohr, director of Visit Wabash County, provided a tour of the Lagro portion of the trail for The Paper of Wabash County on Friday, Feb. 10, then sat down for a 45-minute interview to discuss the Lagro leg and other aspects of the 33-mile trail.

Opponents meet to discuss concerns

Miami County resident Arnold Piotter speaks to a group of residents concerned about the Wabash River Trail during a Thursday night meeting at Bass and Bucks. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
A group of 50 opponents to the proposed Wabash River Trail met Thursday night, Feb. 9, to discuss concerns among themselves.

The group, which included both Wabash and Miami county residents, met at Bass and Bucks’ Star Lodge to discuss a variety of topics. Wabash County residents discussed their concerns with the trail, while the Miami County residents, who live along the Nickel Plate Trail, discussed their experiences with the trail.

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Posted on 2017 Feb 14