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Contact: Bruce Rowe, 219-395-1609
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The National Park Service announced yesterday that the launch of the Nature in My Neighborhood initiative at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was cancelled for today due to the forecast of thunderstorms.
It has now been rescheduled for April 27, beginning at 1:00 pm as part of the Green Gary event. The Nature Play Zone opening ceremony begins at 1:00 pm at Paul H. Douglas Center followed at approximately 1:30 pm with the opening of the Miller Woods Trail extension to Lake Michigan. In addition, this event will be featured in the initial webcast using the national lakeshore's portable Distance Learning broadcast equipment.
Speakers include Constantine J. Dillon, Superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Invited guests are: Honorable Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, City of Gary, Lori Peterson Latham, Superintendent of Parks, City of Gary, and Lauren Riga, Director, Green Urbanism Department, City of Gary. Representatives of the Dunes National Park Association, NIPSCO, and the Lawicki family who donated the park's new distance learning equipment, will also be attending.
Please note that while the ceremonies begin at 1:00 pm, the Green Gary celebration runs from 10:00 am - 3: 00 pm and offers a wide variety of hikes, presentations, and demonstrations at both the Douglas Center and at the City of Gary's Marquette Park.
For additional information, contact national lakeshore public information officer Bruce Rowe at 219-395-1609 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a part of the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.