Bike trail connects Riverwalks
The mayors of two cities celebrated as the Riverwalks in South Bend and Mishawaka were connected. The project took more than seven months and cost $1.5 million.
The 1.2 mile extension of the Northside Bike Trail connects the South Bend and Mishawaka Riverwalks.
“South Bend and Mishawaka are communities that are literally joined at the hip, why wouldn't we want a trail system that connects the two,” said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The new section of the Northside Trail is an eight to ten foot wide concrete path.
Walking or biking the path offers beautiful views of the St Joseph River, its bridges, and historic stone walls that were restored during the project.
Linking the Riverwalks and continuing to use Michiana's natural resources will enhance the economy and pride in the community.
“We know that it impacts so many things, economic development is better in our downtown because we have a Riverwalk and we take advantage of our river system,” said Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood.
Both mayors agree that this is the first of many steps in uniting Mishawaka and South Bend.