USI-Burdette Trail Opens ; the Three-Mile Stretch of Paved Trail Took Seven Years and $2.6 Million to Complete

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USI-Burdette Trail Opens ; the Three-Mile Stretch of Paved Trail Took Seven Years and $2.6 Million to Complete


Council, Jared, Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


Although ribbons marking the official opening of the USI- Burdette Trail were cut only Wednesday, some people have been using the trail for years. "It's been about three, four years," said Debbie Robertson, 59, who was walking the trail with her husband Rick on Tuesday morning.

Still, officials wanted to mark the end of a seven-year journey right, and about 40 people joined Vanderburgh County Commissioners, University of Southern Indiana representatives and Burdette Park administrators in celebrating the completion of the three-mile trail.

"These are the kinds of things that add to the quality of life," said County Commission President Marsha Abell after the ceremony, which was held at the USI Broadway Recreational Complex.

The paved, winding trail cuts through acres of Southern Indiana terrain, and it welcomes bikers, hikers, runners, rollerbladers, pet handlers, stroller pushers and more.

And it's not uncommon to see fowl, deer and other animals during an excursion.

"It's beautiful," said Steve Craig, manager of Burdette Park.

The trail has been designated a destination point on the American Discovery Trail, and has also been named a National Recreation Trail by the Secretary of the Interior. …

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