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Superintendent Paul Labovitz suggests the Indiana Dunes National Park is “kind of conquer up” and demands an infusion of funds to support with a backlog of “significantly more than” $30 million in routine maintenance assignments.

From streets to trails, he suggests, “Anything created by individuals is sporting out.”

And, he adds, “We’re just not catching up to that.”

So, for the very first time in its 55-yr heritage, the park is proposing entrance service fees. He “unscientifically” estimates that it could produce $3 million to $5 million a year, which he states could “nibble away” at the desires. That also could aid with the Marquette Greenway trail that communities are piecing together amongst Chicago and New Buffalo.

From now until finally Oct. 1, the park is using feed-back on the proposed costs, along with incorporating group and backcountry tenting. The park will maintain an on the web community meeting on these concerns from 6-8 p.m. CDT now. Discover the meeting’s Zoom website link here in this column on-line. Enter the assembly with the passcode: 074744.