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Second bridge will complete ‘crown jewel’

My Opinion
Ross Schulz, Staff Writer

With all the focus lately on the Regional Cities Initiative and improving the area for residents by making it attractive for businesses and families alike, Harrison County government Monday night approved funding for a project as attractive as any in the state or region.
Thanks to the commissioners and council, and the Harrison County Community Foundation Board of Directors, the funding is now in place for the completion of the Indian Creek Trail in and around Corydon.
The project will not only connect two trails, from the YMCA of Harrison County and Keller Fields area to Hayswood Nature Reserve, but it will also add a second historic, scenic truss bridge on the trail across Indian Creek. (Logan’s Trail is a third smaller walkway that runs along Little Indian Creek between the Grand Trails RV park and Rice Island in downtown Corydon. That 960-foot section was dedicated in early 2001.)
The first bridge, moved from Rothrock Mill Road, is a popular spot for family, engagement and other photo opportunities.
The trail also has become the go-to spot for 5k fundraising events for area nonprofits and organizations.
The second bridge, from Valley View Road, will first be rehabbed and refurbished, and will look similar to the Rothrock bridge, then placed across Indian Creek near the area where the Hayswood Nature Reserve portion of the trail currently stops. The trail will then continue southeast on the north side of the creek, opposite Lincoln Hills Road, before turning north through downtown Corydon, potentially under the west bridge, before hooking up with the other completed section.
Officials hope to have the bridge placed and connection made before the end of 2016.
The trail is not an ordinary dirt path in the woods; it is a fairly wide and level, paved pedway that leaves plenty of room for walkers, runners and riders. Plus, unlike the Big Four bridge across the Ohio River that connects Jeffersonville and Louisville, dogs are welcome.
The trail is easily accessible for anyone. Residents within the town can walk to and from the trail, and other Harrison Countians can park at the Keller Fields near the YMCA or at Hayswood Nature Reserve.
Outside of occasional flooding, it is open year-round and is handicap accessible.
For more information about the trail, visit online at www.harrisoncountyparks.com or visit Indian Creek Trail on Facebook.
The bridge and trail at Hayswood Nature Reserve has become the crown jewel of an already sparkling Harrison County Parks system. Now, with the addition of another scenic bridge and completion of the trail, it’s hard to imagine a more appealing stretch of public land for all to enjoy.

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