The following is a news release from the Michiana Area Council of Governments

Did you know that our region boosts over 937 miles of bicycle and pedestrian facilities? By this summer, some of these trails will even be able to take you from Mishawaka to Niles, Michigan. Elkhart County is already home to three trails that connect Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana for over 25 miles. Other communities in our region, such as Plymouth and Warsaw, tout scenic pathways along rivers, lakes, as well as through downtowns. With so many unique pathways – our trail network is a huge asset to our region and our communities – and this asset is continually expanding, connecting individual trails and surrounding communities.

In order to recognize our trail network as a whole system and to promote what our region has to offer, the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) is partnering with organizations and local governments in Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties, Indiana and in Niles, Michigan to develop a Regional Trail Branding and Wayfinding system.

The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on three Regional Trail Brand options that will help give our trail system an overall identity. A public open house will be held on March 26 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with a brief presentation at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM, in the South Bend Salvation Army Kroc Center. Everyone is invited to learn about the process and provide feedback on the regional brand.