Invision 2020 Hometown Showdown winners announced

Hometown Showdown winners announced

The first ever Hometown Showdown, brought to you by the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus, came to an exciting finish this week with some narrow victories and overwhelming blowouts. You voted for the champions in your district, now take a look at the winners from all across the state.

Wicker Memorial Park (District 1)
Wicker Memorial Park, named for its original landowners, is a historic North Township park located in Highland, Indiana. Its notable history dates all the way back to 1927, when President Calvin Coolidge visited and dedicated the park to veterans of World War I. Wicker Memorial Park’s presidential history extends all the way to modernity, as President Barack Obama made an appearance here during his 2008 presidential campaign, just prior to becoming the first African American commander in chief in the history of the United States. Today the park serves many different purposes and boasts several amenities. For more information, visit the park website at http://www.wickermemorialpark.com/

Whiting Lakefront Park (District 2)
Whiting Lakefront Park is a 15-acre park with many functions located on the beautiful coast of Lake Michigan. Amenities at the park include: children’s playgrounds, walking paths, tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball diamond, picnic areas, fishing piers, and more. Adjacent to Whihala Beach with beautiful lake scenery and the Chicago skyline as a backdrop, Whiting Lakefront Park is an ideal place for wedding receptions and photo opportunities. For more information, follow this link: http://www.whitingindiana.com/government/parks-recreation/

Gary Aquatorium (District 3)
Built in 1922 as the Gary Bathhouse, the Gary Aquatorium is a historic building located inside Marquette Park. Not to be confused with an aquarium, the Gary Aquatorium defines itself as a place where one can see water. Today, the aquatorium is preserved as a museum to honor Octave Chanute, the grandfather of flight. Chanute laid the foundation for the Wright brothers to develop the first airplane by conducting the first glider flights in human history in the dunes surrounding the aquatorium. You can learn more about the aquatorium at http://www.aquatorium.org

Indiana Dunes State Park (District 4)
The Indiana Dunes State Park is a 2000 acre park located inside of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Carved out by glaciers during the last ice age, the landscape inside of the Dunes State Park is diverse, consisting of bogs, sands, prairies, savannas, beaches, marshes, rivers, swamps and forests. For more information, visit http://www.indianadunes.com/

Studebaker Museum (District 10)
The Studebaker National Museum, opened in October 2005, is a museum in South Bend whose mission is “to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and preservation of Studebaker vehicles, archives and other objects to enrich present and future generations.” The museum currently houses the largest collection of U.S. presidential carriages in the world, featuring carriages used by Lincoln, Grant, McKinley and Benjamin Harrison. For more information, follow this link: https://studebakermuseum.org/

Mounds State Park (District 25)
Mounds State Park of Anderson, Indiana, is a state park featuring 10 earth structures built by the indigenous Adena-Hopewell people. These earthworks have been dated by archaeologists back to the B.C. era, and were likely sites used by the people for the performance of religious ceremonies and the viewing of astronomical alignments. Today, you can view these structures throughout the park, along with visiting their nature center for a wildlife viewing room, animal displays and interactive games. Find out more here: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2977.htm

MLK Memorial Park (District 33)
Centered around the sculpture known as the Landmark For Peace Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial Park is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the site where Robert Kennedy gave his famous speech the night King was assassinated in 1968. The Landmark For Peace sculpture honors both Kennedy and King and their contributions to both the civil rights movement and the country as a whole. For more information about the park and sculpture, follow this link: https://www.visitindy.com/indianapolis-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-park-landmark-for-peace-memorial

Mass Ave (District 34)
Conceived in the 1821 street plans of Indianapolis, Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave) is one of the four diagonal streets leading straight into the heart of Indianapolis. Today, Mass Ave serves as a cultural hub of Indianapolis, lined with museums, eateries, shops and bars. The street still contains many historic buildings as well, such as Hammond Block (1874), the Athenaeum (1894), the Marott Building (1904), and Murat Shrine Temple (1909). You can find a map and directory at http://www.discovermassave.com/

Lake Monroe (District 40)
Located just southeast of Bloomington, Indiana, Lake Monroe spans over 10,750 acres and contains anywhere between 292 and 428 gigaliters of water. The lake was constructed in 1960 via the damming of Salt Creek, and was designed to both provide water for the city of Bloomington and to prevent the downstream flooding of Salt Creek. Lake Monroe attracts visitors from across the state looking to boat, ski, tube, camp and fish. For more information, follow this link:  https://www.visitbloomington.com/listing/monroe-lake/115/