The Blairsville Riverfront Trail officially opened to the public on Oct. 26 as local, county and state officials joined residents for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the trail’s western end, at Water and Brown streets.
But eager hikers and bikers already had been trying out the 1.7-mile tar-and-chip trail for weeks earlier, even as work crews were putting final touches in place.
Among those early trail users was Blairsville resident and Indiana County Commissioner Patricia Evanko, who told those gathered for last week’s ceremony that the completed trail should be a source of pride for the community. “I have walked it,” she said, encouraging others to do the same. “It’s beautiful.”