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Alternative solution needed to keep Indian Creek Trail open during holiday event

Every morning at 8 a.m., my 4-year-old son Philip and I take our bike ride along the Indian Creek Trail. It is a beloved routine we have before I go to work and Philip goes to preschool. We see eagles, deer, herons and our fellow trail walkers who have become our friends.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to take our ride between the two main bridges of the trail between the dates of Nov. 15 and Dec. 22 since the Harrison County Parks board approved its closure in order to operate holiday lights hayrides.

While I support the evening holiday hayrides (We’ll be some of the first in line to take a ride!), I think it is unnecessary to close such a large portion of our beloved trail 24 hours a day, seven days a week for such a long period of time.

It’s incredibily sad to think of all our residents who get so much joy out of their daily creek walks being turned away at a large gate saying “Trail closed for special event.”

I support closure of the trail during the times of the evening holiday hayrides, but it seems completely overblown to have this main section of the trail closed 24/7 for a month and a half.

If vandalism is the concern, I would argue that closing the trail actually increases the odds of vandalism occurring. Closed, the trail will still be easily accessible for bad characters and, with less people present, vandalism will be easier to perform with less witnesses.

I strongly urge any of my fellow residents who feel this closure is unnecessary and a detriment to our community to reach out to the Harrison County Parks board members and politely ask them if there are alternative options allowing the trail to remain open during the hours outside of the holiday hayrides.

Harrison County Parks board meetings typically occur on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. You can call 812-738-8236 to confirm the time and location.

You can also visit their website at harrisoncountyparks.com and send a message to the board members there as well.

As a lifelong Corydon resident, I truly believe the Indiana Creek Trail is one of the greatest additions we’ve had within our community in my lifetime. I think it would be extremely detrimental to close it off to our community for such a long period of time.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my view.

Alex Porter | Corydon, Ind.

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