recently launched a campaign to call or e-mail DNR Director Cameron Clark to
protest features of the proposed plans to restore the Pavilion at Indiana
Dunes State Park.
The group is asking
the public to call the Director at (317) 232-4020 or send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
“The DNR’s plan to
alter this historic building and fill it with bars is a travesty,” Dunes
Action co-founder Jim Sweeney said. “Dunes State Park is a family-oriented
destination that deserves much better than what this bungled project has
Dunes Action began
its fight by opposing the construction of a large banquet center at Indiana
Dunes State Park, but is now concerned about current plans for the pavilion,
which were finally released by the DNR on Feb. 2, nearly three years after
the project was made public.
renderings show two large balcony additions jutting out from the lake side
of the Pavilion, and a huge glassed-in structure to be used as a pub
covering the roof, all of which the group finds unacceptable,” Dunes Action
said. “Dunes Action is also concerned about the fact that liquor would be
served on all three floors of the Pavilion, with a 700-square-foot bar
dominating the area to be used for casual family dining.”
“Instead of a space
that’s welcoming to all patrons of the park, the public will be getting what
amounts to a multi-level barroom,” Sweeney said.
Dunes Action also
continues to focus on stopping the proposed banquet center from being built,
and currently has “No Banquet Center” yard signs available at the Red Cup
CafŽ in Chesterton for a suggested donation of $10.
“We don’t know why
construction on the pavilion hasn’t begun yet, but it could begin at any
time,” Sweeney said. “As beach season approaches, we want the public to let
the DNR know that their plans need to be changed into something that’s more
appropriate for the setting at Indiana Dunes State Park.”