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Locals join lawmakers in recognizing the Indiana Dunes National Park

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Dozens of Duneland residents and friends of the Indiana Dunes traveled to Indianapolis on Tuesday, March 12, to be part of the Indiana General Assembly’s recognition of the reclassification of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Indiana’s first National Park.

Local Izaak Walton League members Herb Read and Jim Sweeney witnessed the passing of resolutions in both the Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Senate commemorating the new classification which was announced in February.

Representatives Lisa Beck and Senator Karen Tallian were joined by the entire northwest Indiana delegation in sponsoring the Resolutions and spoke to the myriad of benefits both the Indiana Dunes National and Indiana Dunes State parks bring to the region.

Lifelong dunes advocate Herb Read was the celebrity of the hour. He was inundated with congratulations, handshakes, and hugs and enjoyed every minute of it. “I really enjoyed the event. It was great to see the standing ovation by the House members,” he said, “That was a little different than when we were here in 1962.”

Dozens of the visitors from the north took selfies and group photos to savor the experience in their memories and for their friends and families back home.

The khaki-clad National Park employees were joined by other National Park partners, local planners, tourism, business leaders and other fans of the Dunes.



Posted 3/15/2019




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