The Syracuse Wawasee Trail has received many improvements and trail section additions over the past few years. We have highlighted some of these areas and have given you a few updates. Currently, we are making a major addition and improvements to the Trail along the Conklin Bay area of Lake Wawasee. Construction of the Conklin Bay Trail began on October 13,2019 and will be completed in the spring of 2020. The trail will consist of 1/3 mile of boardwalk over the Rolland Wetland Conservation Area and continue south with a concrete sidewalk of 2/3 of a mile along the WACF nature preserve and ending at North Grandview Drive. It will feature three overlooks and a boardwalk observatory which transverses through a cattail-wetland marsh area. Nature enthusiasts will be able to observe and enjoy nature and waterfowl, all within a natural lake ecosystem. The boardwalk has been constructed in sections off site and brought to staging areas where it will be installed with minimal impact to the wetlands. Completion of this trail segment runs along SR13 will allow the south half of Lake Wawasee residents to enjoy the trails. Construction continues during the winter with minimal impact helical piles being drilled into marsh area soils, which support galvanized steel frames holding the composite.
The 3rd annual Wawasee Winter Warm-Up took place December 26th in single digit temperatures. Over 55 participants followed the 3.1 mile course back and forth through Syracuse before ending at the old Syracuse Elementary School for hot chocolate and snacks provided by New Market. The fastest man took only 18 minutes and the fastest woman took jut a minute more.
They each received a free night’s stay at Oakwood resort. The run was followed by a hearty breakfast at the library to benefit the Friends of the Library and then tons of great activities at Oakwood for the Winter Carnival Join us next year on January 25th!
Do you want to give back to your community with your gifts this year? Consider buying a trails T-shirt, water bottle, reflective arm band, or ever-useful doggie bag holder. Order here by December 18th for Christmas delivery or by December 21st for in-office pick-up.
Check out some of the great new trail going in around Syracuse:
This section where Pickwick Dr. crosses SR13 will be a lot safer with the new pedestrian light.
And this section will help kids get safely to the new elementary school.