PORTAGE | Lunch is served at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk site of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
So is breakfast, dinner and snacks -- if that's what you want.
The Portage Park Department is now providing concession services year around.
"We kept hearing from frequent visitors to the site that they wanted something healthier," Park Department Superintendent Jenny Orsburn said.
In previous years, the department had offered "beach fare" consisting of hot dogs, walking tacos and the like. But it wasn't all that well received, said Pam Passera, the department's recreation supervisor. There were also issues with sporadic hours of operations.
This year, Orsburn said, the department has made a commitment to provide food year around. From now through Labor Day, the stand inside the pavilion will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours are likely to be shortened during the fall and winter months.
Beachgoers can get muffins and coffee at breakfast time. For lunch and later, there's a variety of sandwiches, paninis and snacks. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are also available for children.
The food is provided by local restaurant Topperz, owned by Michelle Golab. Golab said along with the basics, she'll be providing different items from time to time, such as fresh fruit, vegetables and dip.
In addition to beachgoers, Orsburn is hoping people will make the park site a destination for lunch or a snack and enjoy the views of Lake Michigan while they eat and relax.
The department is also providing programming. Later this month, they will host Friday lunchtime environmental education programs.
Beginning July 12 storytelling programs will be offered each Thursday at 7 p.m.
They are also hosting water color classes at the park beginning July 16 and pencil drawing lessons beginning Aug. 6. For more information on the classes, contact the park department at (219) 762-1675.