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University to help fund maintenance of Wabashiki Trail

September 8, 2014

Indiana State University has agreed to help fund maintenance of Vigo County's Wabashiki Trail System.

A three-year agreement calls for the university to contribute $25,000 per year towards upkeep of the portion of the trail that the Sycamore Cross Country teams use for training.

The training trail is a 12-foot-wide, four-mile-long section on the west side of the Wabash River that has functioned as an agricultural levee.

The Indiana State cross country program began training on the trail when the area was still farmland but has used it more extensively following acquisition by the county, said John McNichols, coordinator of the men's and women's cross country programs.

"The trail covers a lot of territory, and the soft surface is ideal for long-distance training and for the health and safety of our student-athletes," McNichols said. "It is a beautiful setting and a safe environment. It's also close to campus. We run on city streets and sidewalks for just a short distance before we get to the trail. It's wonderful that the university sees a responsibility there to help maintain it."

McNichols noted that Indiana State science faculty also use the trail and adjacent Wabashiki State Fish and Wildlife Area for experiential learning by students.

"The Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department is honored to partner with Indiana State University in the shared vision of maintaining the Wabashiki Trail to a standard of excellence for the citizens of Vigo County and the students, athletes, faculty and staff of Indiana State University," said Kara Kish, the county's parks superintendent. "This partnership will provide the department with additional resources to achieve our mission to improve quality of life and provide meaningful experiences through expertly maintained areas and facilities, environmental education, accessible water and preservation of the environment, allowing for social activity, exploration and solitude."

The Wabashiki Trail can be accessed from the Dewey Point trailhead in West Terre Haute.

Contact: John McNichols, head coach, men's cross and cross-country team, Indiana State University, 812-237-4164 or; Kara Kish, superintendent Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, 812-462-3392 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or