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Cancel plans to build a massive new banquet/conference center structure at the Indiana Dunes State Park!

We oppose the Dunes State Park Expansion Project.

While the DNR seduced the public with an idea to restore the original historic pavilion, they didn’t reveal that the plan also included a monstrously HUGE private banquet/conference center. 

THIS MUST STOP!  

The addition of this massive new banquet/conference center building on a public beach is a major departure from the 2008 Indiana Dunes State Park Master Plan and will be nothing but an eyesore on the delicate landscape of the Dunes. The giant glass windows will pose a hazard to the millions of migrating birds that pass through this site each year. Noise from bars and concerts will disturb the quiet of the park for visitors and wildlife alike. 
The presence of alcohol in numerous bars will create an unsafe environment for swimmers and beach-goers. Parking spots will be lost and the new venue will create a push for even more parking.

The new building has NO broad public support.  Despite a $2 billion budget surplus, the State has been unwilling to fund a restoration of the historic Dunes Pavilion. Instead, the DNR and a private commercial development firm entered into a 35-year (with two 15 year extensions) lease agreement. From the beginning, this process has lacked transparency and authentic stakeholder engagement. This was a flawed process that resulted in a flawed project.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Indiana Governor Pence
  • Executive Director, IN Department of Natural Resources
    Cameron Clark
  • Director, IN State Parks & Reservoirs
    Dan Bortner


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