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Celebrate the opening of a key trail in Gary

Monday's ribbon cutting marks an exciting moment for trails in Northwest Indiana.

While the new trail segment of the Grand Calumet River Trail is only about one-half mile long, it represents an important step for trail users in the City of Gary and the region.

The soon-to-be christened trail section includes the northern portion of the 30-mile Gary Green Link trail that will ring the city while connecting the Grand Calumet River, the Little Calumet River and the Lake Michigan Shoreline.

Located just north of downtown Gary, the new trail will also serve as part of the Marquette Greenway, which eventually will run some 50 miles from Calumet Park in Chicago to New Buffalo, Michigan.

The new trail segment runs along the Grand Calumet River and will highlight the region’s industrial heritage and unique natural environment.

Gary Mayor Rudolph Clay, representatives from Gary City Council and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky will be on hand to cut the ribbon on Monday, November 21st at 1 p.m. at the Roosevelt Street and 2nd Avenue trailhead.