Helping our community get active.
In 2000, Logansport Memorial Hospital began to recognize the impact that unhealthy lifestyles were having on our county as well as the state of Indiana. The idea of creating a community trail, utilizing abandoned sections of the Vandalia Railroad line just two blocks away from the hospital was born. In 2002, the Logansport Memorial Hospital Foundation applied for and received $150,000 from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to build a basic, crushed-stone path. Hospital officials then suggested a local campaign to raise more money and make the trail even better.
The hospital issued a challenge: For every dollar contributed by hospital employees, the hospital would match another dollar up to $100,000. Combined with donations from local businesses, physicians and citizens, the hospital campaign raised more than $700,000. Landowners chipped in as well, donating parcels of property adjacent to the corridor.
River Bluff Trail
Opened in 2004, the River Bluff Trail features a handicap-accessible paved trail and canoe/kayak launch, three bridges, picnic area, rest stops, entrances and parking at both ends. With more than 4,000 users per week, the trail has rapidly become a Cass County destination for health, leisure and recreational activities, including multiple running events and many school functions.
The Cole Bridge was recently constructed and completed to connect the River Bluff Trail with the Eel River Run Trail and Riverside Park, located just across the Eel River. A dedication ceremony was held on Friday, July 18 to commemorate the bridge and the generous contribution made by the Milt Cole family for our community. To see some of the ceremony and learn more about the trail system that the River Bluff Trail is part of, check out this link.
The Hervey Preserve is a 35-acre nature preserve which incorporates a labyrinth and 1.1 mile crushed stone trail.
The Foundation partnered with the Logansport Parks Department to develop an 80-acre tract of land (Huston Property) into a central park for the community. Phase One of Huston Park includes fields for sports, walking trails and playgrounds. Future plans include a connection to the Hervey Preserve and River Bluff Trail. Huston Park has been deeded to the Logansport Parks Department.