Many Region residents may know Portage Lakefront, Pinhook Bog, Miller Woods, West Beach, and the Chellberg Farm, but did you realize they're all part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore?
The National Park Service has unveiled a series of signs and more than 25 logos to help the public realize these widely dispersed areas and many others off the Region's Lake Michigan shoreline are actually part of one national park. The graphics were designed by park employees Jeff Manuszak and Katrina George.
“We want the public to understand that the places they enjoy are part of the same national park,” said Superintendent Costa Dillon. “When the public wants to know directions to an area, rules for use, operating hours, and other information to plan their visit, they need to know that the National Park Service is who to contact.” Dillon added that visitors often call state, county, and town park departments looking for information on the national park sites. “This new graphics identity system, coupled with new site signs, will help the public get to the right place the first time.”
The new logos are trademarked by the National Park Service but will be made available for use by park partners such as Eastern National, the company that runs the park’s bookstore, and the Dunes National Park Association, the park friends group, and Dunes Learning Center. Park partners will be allowed to develop sales items using the logos such as clothing, pins, mugs, and patches that will help raise funds for the park and the park’s programs.
The new logos are part of the National Park Service’s ongoing efforts to increase awareness of the park that includes new entrance and site signs, new wayside exhibits, and new trailhead information boards installed over the past five years.