WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A new bike rack will be installed on at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 18 along the Wabashiki Trail system on the edge of Dewey Point as part of a project that has been in the works for years.
After securing a micro-grant from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Riverscape was able to work with West Vigo High School to customize the unique bike rack. West Vigo High School’s Metal Shop, led by Chris Nidiffer, drafted various designs incorporating wetland scenes and animals.
After getting approval for the final design, students could utilize class time to construct and weld the bike rack. Nidiffer noted the significance of this joint project.
“We’re happy to give the students this experience and leave behind a footprint to be used by future generations,” he said.
Other contributors included West Vigo High School students Maci Easton and Adelynn Harris. Acting as a bridge between Riverscape and West Vigo High School, they monitored the project and informed both sides of the latest updates.
The ability to conduct this student-driven, teacher-led project was provided by the Wabash Community Foundation, which supplied the grant.
“We are very thankful to the Wabash Valley Community Foundation for supporting projects like this one,” Michael Shaw, Riverscape President, said.
The bike rack installation is time consuming, according to a news release. The bike rack will provide visitors to the Smithsonian Water|Ways exhibit, opening Nov. 20, serving as one more access point to get to the exhibition at the Vigo County School Corporation Administration Building.
“I have a deep appreciation for this community project. It is being installed at a highly visible, very busy Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department location,” Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Adam Grossman said.