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Budget deal makes the National Lakeshore a National Park

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U.S. Reps. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, and Jackie Walorski, D-2nd, along with U.S. Senator Todd Young, R-Ind., are announcing that Indiana Dunes National Park is now--officially--the 61st national park in the country and the first in the State of Indiana.

A bill to change the name of the National Lakeshore to Indiana Dunes National Park was included in the Fiscal Year 2019 Omnibus Appropriations legislation, which has been signed into law.

“I am heartened that because of the support of our U.S. Senators, the entire Indiana Congressional delegation, and numerous Northwest Indiana organizations, we have successfully titled the first National Park in our state,” Visclosky said. “This action provides our shoreline with the recognition it deserves, and I hope further builds momentum to improve open and public access to all of our region’s environmental wonders.”

“I’m thrilled that the Indiana Dunes will be our state’s first National Park,” Walorski said. “The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has long been a treasured place for Hoosiers to relax, explore, and enjoy all that nature has to offer, as well as a strong driver of our local economy. The Indiana Dunes National Park will draw even more visitors from across the country, strengthening Indiana’s economy and boosting the outdoor recreation industry that is so vital to our region.”

“This designation certifies what we Hoosiers have known all along--Indiana Dunes is not just a state treasure, but a national treasure as well,” Young said. “I commend Representative Visclosky for his perseverance on this important Hoosier priority. Without his tireless advocacy, this goal would not have been accomplished. I look forward to visiting Indiana's first National Park very soon.”


Posted 2/15/2019






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