Thursday, October 20, 2016
Environment - "National Park Service says banquet center at beach would constitute public-to-private conversion"
The proposed banquet center at Indiana Dunes State Park beach would constitute a conversion of public recreational land under the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965.
That’s the finding of Roger Knowlton, acting chief, recreation grants, at the National Park Service’s Midwest Regional Office, communicated in a Sept. 16 letter to Department of Natural Resources Director Cameron Clark.
Knowlton’s finding means that, before Pavilion Partners LLC may actually break ground on a banquet center, the DNR must identify and substitute--in place of the footprint removed from public recreational use at the Dunes State Park lakefront--some other property “determined by NPS to be of at least equal fair market value and of reasonably equivalent usefulness and location,” as NPS puts it in the final LWCF rule published in the Federal Register in 1986.