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Indiana to get its first-ever National Park

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – A bipartisan bill that will avert a second government shutdown includes something big for Indiana — its first National Park.

The 2019 Omnibus Appropriations legislation includes a provision to convert Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore into Indiana Dunes National Park.

“This designation certifies what we Hoosiers have known all along – Indiana Dunes is not just a state treasure, but a national treasure as well,” Sen. Todd Young said on Friday. “I look forward to visiting Indiana’s first National Park very soon.”

NPS employees celebrate the elevation of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Indiana Dunes National Park.

Democratic Rep. Pete Visclosky and Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski worked across the aisle as advocates for the change, which was backed by Sen. Young and Sen. Mike Braun.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore runs for 15 miles along the southern shore of Lake Michigan and encompasses about 15,000 acres.

The new designation elevates the status of the site, which will remain under the management of the National Park Service.

It becomes the 61st National Park in the United States.

 

 

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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