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