all of which surpass
Mt. Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Weimer said.
The PCCRVC looks to
promote the challenge in the local and external media, she said. “This
really showcases these three dunes for the first time.”
A webpage on the
Indiana Dunes Tourism website will also be launched when the revamped trail
t-shirts will be available at the Visitors Center for those who conquer the
signs explaining the map and what the challenge is about will be installed.
One of them will be at the Dunes Nature Center which is the official
starting point of the trail.
The tourism bureau
is also working with Smith Donovan on making a video for the promotion.
the PCCRVC, along with the Town of Porter, won a Partnership Award from the
Department of Natural Resources last week recognizing their partnership in
connecting the Dunes-Kankakee Trail from Dunes State Park to the nearby
South Shore Train Station.
which was unexpected Weimer said, was made by Indiana Dunes Property Manager
In other matters:
-- Weimer expressed
enthusiasm for the National Parks Service selection of Paul Labovitz as the
new superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Labovitz is
currently the superintendent of Mississippi National River and Recreation
Area in St. Paul, Minn. He is taking the reins from retired superintendent
Costa Dillon and will start his new assignment on May 18.
-- PCCRVC Assistant
Director Christine Livingston showed the board birding backpacks that will
be available for loan at the visitor center free of charge. Each pack will
containing birding books and binoculars. This is part of the revamp for the
2014 birding campaign which also includes new interpretive signage. The
funding comes from the Friends of the Dunes Indiana Group and is part of
Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail initiative.
-- Online video
promotions for all communities in Porter County are nearly ready to be
launched. Weimer said the response from the Valparaiso and Portage City
Councils have been very positive about their videos. She said the Chesterton
video from last year will be updated.
Sports & Leisure International is finalizing phase two of the County’s
comprehensive sports study and analysis. It is also wrapping up the
feasibility study on the County Expo Center.
-- Weimer met with
the group of officials working on the south portion of the Dunes-Kankakee
Trail connecting communities from Dunes State Park all the way south to
Kouts and the Kankakee River. There will be spurs connecting to Dunn’s
Bridge and the new county park on Ind. 49 near Kouts.
-- New wayfinding
signs for bike routes around the county are replacing the ones that have
been knocked over by snow plows. Also, the bike route on CR 700N is being
relocated to a safer route.
-- PCCRVC board
member Scott Tuft read the Treasurer’s Report. The January 2014 collection
check was $109,495 which is a year-to-date increase of 41.5 percent, on a
cash basis, over 2013. The February collection check was $70,657 which is a
26 percent YTD increase in cash basis over 2013.