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Half of school children walked or biked to school in 1969, but only 13 percent were doing it in 2009.

Input sought for improving Calumet Trail in Indiana

If you have ever ridden the Calumet Trail along the Indiana Dunes, you may know it's often underwater (see photo).

/This 9-mile crushed-limestone trail connects Chesterton to Michigan City, following the NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Co.) right-of-way, the South Shore train, U.S. Route 12, and Lake Michigan. This trail connects train stations, Cowles Bog, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana Dunes State Park, Mount Baldy and the Lighthouse Place Outlets.

Improvements to this trail would encourage more use by commuters, beach goers and even shoppers.

Porter County Parks and consultants SEH Inc. want your opinion on about the rehabilitation of this trail. The westernmost two miles of the trail, from Mineral Spring Road to approximately Tremont Road, are being re-designed.

All are invited to learn about the project and weigh in on the proposed improvements. An open house will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 6-8 p.m., at the Dunes Visitor’s Center, 1215 IN-49 in Porter, Indiana.