INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 26, 2016) –The Indiana General Assembly Monday unanimously passed a concurrent resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Indiana State Parks system.
That resolution recognized State Parks for “ their contributions to the health, recreation, and outdoor education of Indiana’s citizens and guests, and its commitment to the conservation of the State of Indiana’s unique natural and cultural resources held in trust in those state parks.”
Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) authored the resolution (CR 13) in the House, while Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) was the Senate sponsor.
The resolution congratulated Indiana State Parks for “their continued commitment to providing outstanding outdoor experiences for all of Indiana’s citizens, and to maintaining excellence in stewardship of the natural and cultural resources with which the system is entrusted.”
DNR State Parks division director Dan Bortner said: “I am very appreciative of the General Assembly taking time out of its busy schedule to recognize the partnership that began a century ago when they created the Indiana State Parks system. While time has passed, the affection Hoosiers have for these special places has not, and that was evidenced by the warm reception we experienced today.”
State Parks were established in 1916 when McCormick’s Creek (Owen County) and Turkey Run (Parke County) were presented as gifts to Indiana citizens in celebration of 100 years of statehood.
Since then, the DNR Division of State Parks has grown to 32 properties, including 24 state parks and eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoirs, as well as seven State Park inns. Together they annually attract an average of 15-16 million visitors.