The town of Winona Lake, Ind., the headquarters of many Grace Brethren organizations, was featured last month in the paper and InkFreeNews. It highlights the many changes in the community over the last 20 years, including the transition of the Winona Lake Park to Winona Lake Limitless Park. The park is located at the former site of Camp Bethany, where the first sessions of Brethren National Youth Conference, now known as Momentum Youth Conference, were held. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article.
Winona Lake: A Quiet Lakeside Gem
A mile south of the bustling traffic along US 30 east of Warsaw one can find a serene haven of specialty shops, enticing restaurants, nature trails and attractive well-groomed parks.
Welcome to Winona Lake.
The picturesque town of approximately 5,000 residents — and another 2,000 or so students when Grace College is in session — is nestled on the eastern shore of its namesake, originally named Eagle Lake.
Within the town, the privately-owned Village at Winona comprises 28 acres on both sides of Park Avenue, the main artery through the commercial district.
“People think the town and the village are the same entity,” said Craig Allebach, town coordinator for the past 17 years. That is not true, he said, though “we partner a lot with the village.”
Allebach said, “in the last 20 years we have seen a revitalization in the community that started with purchase and improvement of property within the village.”
The pace accelerated in the last decade with the construction of the Lake City Greenway, a 12-foot shared asphalt path for walkers, runners and bicyclists.
The Heritage Trail, Winona Lake’s portion of the greenway, stretches for 2 miles from the stoplight at Winona Avenue along the lake shore and an adjoining creek and through wooded areas to the south side of town.
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