Save the Dunes knows the incredible value of having a national park in our midst – we worked hard to establish the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 1966, in fact. So it’s no surprise that we are encouraging another national park in the historic Pullman community on the Illinois side of our bi-state Calumet Region.
We’ve been talking with a range of organizations about how to revitalize the idea of a bi-state Calumet Heritage Area, which was entertained back in the 1990s. Today, strong relationships exist to help bolster support for such an effort, and the two anchors of the Heritage Area would be the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and proposed Pullman National Historic Park. We know, of course, that nature benefits from our national parks, but they are also incredibly important for local economies. Parks bring tourists, jobs and dollars to businesses in the area. We hope to work as part of a team to conduct a Feasibility Study in 2014 for the Calumet Heritage Area, and we will need your support.
For now, we invite our supporters to help bring a second park into our region in Pullman. Our colleagues at National Parks Conservation Association, the City of Chicago, and other organizations just released a report about the economic benefits such a park would bring. To find out how to get involved, go to the NPCA website. “Like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or get a regional organization to sign on in support.
Here’s to the Calumet region!