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After 20 years of planning, Vermilion Kickapoo Trail can break ground

Vermilion County finally has the money it needs to break ground on their part of the Kickapoo Trail. (WCCU)

It’s been a 20-year project in the making; Vermilion County finally has the money it needs to break ground on their part of the Kickapoo Trail.

On Wednesday, The Balloons Over Vermilion Board of Directors donated $25,000 to the Vermilion County Conservation District.

This helped them reach the funding required to start on the trail. They say they needed to raise about $180,000 to begin the project, which will be matched by state and outside grants.

This will be an extension of the Kickapoo Trail, which begins in Urbana. Together the trail will offer about 25 miles worth of paths for biking and exercise.

"There will be thousands of people over the course of the year that will use this trail,” Vermilion County Conservation Foundation Chairman Gordon Thoennis said. “They're going to need restaurants and places to eat and you know, you've got to have a beer every now and then. So it'll be a really neat kick in the heinie for a lot of the smaller communities and for us in Vermilion County."

During the donation ceremony the Balloons Over Vermilion Board also gave two local elementary schools $2,500 to go towards science, technology and engineering programs in the schools.

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