Save the date invitations have been sent out for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Constitution Trail, which will be held at 10 a.m. on May 10.
The celebration will begin in the Connie Link Ampitheatre in Normal with the recognition of dignitaries, celebratory speeches and booths from trail advocacy groups.
Various activities such as an organized bike ride and run will take place throughout the day.
The 25th anniversary celebration is a collaborative event between the City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, Friends of the Constitution Trail, Lake Run Club, McLean County Wheelers and Bike BloNo.
The Friends of the Constitution Trail spearheaded this event. A designer has been hired to create a new logo which should be unveiled at the celebration to be used along the entire trail, which stretches over 24 miles throughout Bloomington-Normal.
Mercy Davison, Normal town planner, is compiling a history of the trail in photos and old articles; she is planning to put together a display commemorating the trail’s history and importance to the community, which would be set up in Uptown Normal sometime this year.
“Constitution Trail is our community’s most popular park facility. People love to use the trail for recreation, relaxation and transportation,” Davison said.
Current projects for the trail include more expansions to reach the end goal of stretching throughout Bloomington-Normal.
The most recent additions include the half-mile extension from Kerrack to Ziebarth, the part of the trail that goes to Normal High School and an extra mile along the former railroad alignment from west of Linden to Northbridge.
“The goal is to make the trail as accessible to everyone as possible,” Davison said.
She hopes to make every front door in Bloomington-Normal its own trailhead so that residents can step out their doors and get on the trail without too much effort.
“We don’t want residents to have to put their bike on the back of their car and drive in order to get to the trail and ride their bikes.”
The hope is that people can also feel safe riding their bike anywhere in Bloomington-Normal as a realistic, cheap and healthy alternative to driving.
The anniversary celebration will commemorate all the progress that has been made in the 25 years the trail has been a part of the community, as well as its impact on the lives of the residents.
“Constitution Trail is a very beautiful and unique part of the Bloomington-Normal community,” Davison said.
“It’s a calm, pleasant environment and gives people a natural feeling.”