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Public Input Sought on Commercial Services at National Park

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Date: July 16, 2021

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK: Members of the public and business community are invited to attend an open house to discuss a Commercial Services Strategy for Indiana Dunes National Park.  

When you’re at the beach is the food too far away or just the right distance? Ever wished there were guided tours or services at the park? Share your answers to these questions and more at the national park’s Commercial Services Open House. The first open house is on Thursday, July 22nd from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion (1000 Riverwalk Drive, Portage, Indiana) and Friday, July 23rd from 12 pm – 2 pm at the West Beach Bath House** (376 North County Line Road, Gary, Indiana) Rain location: Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, (100 North Lake Street, Gary, Indiana). 

The Park is developing a Commercial Services Strategy to review and identify opportunities to enhance the Park’s mission and the visitor experience through commercial services and activities. The Open Houses will serve as an informal discussion to gather community input on existing and potential future services. Services to be discussed include, but are not limited to food and beverages, bike rentals, non-motorized boat rentals, guided recreation opportunities, horseback riding, transportation, retail sales, guided educational tours and fitness classes. 

The Commercial Services Strategy will consider these services, as well as others the public may suggest. These meetings are open to the public, but if you can’t make it to one, keep an eye out for an opportunity to comment online. 

For questions and/or more information, please email the Chief of Business and Commercial Services

** Please note there is a $6 amenity fee to access West Beach Bath House that is valid for all-day use. Thursday’s meeting location is free for guests to attend. 

Indiana Dunes National Park is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 423 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at 


Last updated: July 19, 2021

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