TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Lots of people seem to be outside enjoying the great weather. Unfortunately, those looking for a fun on two wheels might feel limited in Vigo County.
However, park officials want to change that with a state of the art facility.
When you picture world class biking, chances are you don't think of the Wabash Valley.
In your defense, there aren't obstacles for miles. However, that could change.
"We're just thinking really big," said Vigo County Parks Superintendent Kara Kish.
For now, there are pictures in a pamphlet, but soon, they could be photos taken at Fowler Park.
"In the Vigo County Parks Department, we have approximately 30 miles of trail systems," said Kish, "and the only portion of that trail that you can ride a bike on is in the Wabashiki State Fish and Wildlife Area."
Kish says the Parks Department's interest in building a biking facility actually matched up perfectly with that of a local family, one looking to build a similar area to honor their son.
"It's a collaborative effort between our department and the family of Dale Griffin, who was a veteran that passed away in Afghanistan," said Kish. "The Vigo County Parks Department was already interested in building a mountain bike trail and then we met this family and it just seemed like the perfect pairing."
Not only will this new pedal-driven playground be put to use by local people, the department expects it to draw in riders from across the nation, maybe even beyond.
While progress is steady, the path is just being paved. They're still about two years out from even breaking ground.
However, the gears are turning, all leading up to what will hopefully be an enjoyable ride.
"If there are a thousand steps, we are at about one or two right now," said Kish. "We want to make sure that if we do it, we do it right."
The Parks Department will be holding monthly meetings about this new facility, providing updates. Those meetings are open to the public.
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