Gov. Kelly signs Lehigh state park bill

It's official. Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation to create the Lehigh Portland State Park as Kansas's 29th state park.



April 19, 2023 - 2:27 PM

Kansas Lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved creation of Lehigh Portland State Park in Allen County. COURTESY OF NICK ABT / ABT MEDIA

TOPEKA — Iola is officially home to Kansas’s 29th state park.

Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday morning she signed legislation creating the Lehigh Portland State Park on 360 acres of land at the south edge of Iola.

In a news release, Kelly pointed to the tourism dollars the new state park will bring to Allen County “and provide another place for families to enjoy the outdoors. …  I know firsthand how important our parks are to our communities and our economy.  

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