Statement issued Friday by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:
Voting online for Pokagon State Park as your favorite park could result in a $100,000 grant being donated to make the popular four-season recreation spot near Angola in Steuben County even better.
Fans can vote as many times as they want until Sept. 6, by going to www.livepositively.com. Select the "Vote for your Park" button. In the blank box next to "Search for a park," type in Pokagon State Park, then hit "Go." When the indicator showing the location of Pokagon appears on the map, click it, then vote for Pokagon. To add votes while you're already on the site, simply click on "back to map" and vote again. Pokagon also gets five votes for every picture of the park posted on the site.
Fans who want go a step further can multiply the effort by asking friends, families and neighbors to vote, and by posting links on their Facebook page, Tweeting about the promotion or sending emails asking people to vote. Checking in at Pokagon using Facebook Places also earns five votes for the park.
Ginger Murphy, assistant director for all DNR State Parks & Reservoirs, encouraged even those who might prefer other state parks or reservoirs to vote for Pokagon.
"We know many Hoosiers have other favorite parks or reservoirs around the state, and we're glad they do," she said. "But we also know that we need a united effort for one place to win, so we're all behind Pokagon.
"If you really want to vote for another Indiana state park or reservoir, do that, but be sure to press the button for Pokagon a few times, too."
Last year, Bear Head Lake State Park in Minnesota won the inaugural vote sponsored by Coca- Cola through its America is Your Park program.
"Right now, another Minnesota state park leads with over 100,000 votes," Murphy said. "Pokagon has a little over thousand, but we're catching up fast. We need to get ahead, then stay ahead until Sept. 6, and I'm confident Hoosiers can help us do it."
The funds from a victory would be used to help construct a portion of a multi-use trail or a fishing dock in Pokagon's Trine State Recreation Area, a new portion of the park that will open soon, offering cabins, fishing, hiking, and a number of other recreational activities.
As of 10 a.m. Friday, Pokagon had 1,697 votes, coming in at No. 22. -- The Journal Gazette