The Heritage Trail Conservancy received five acres of land from Indiana's Bicentennial Commission to expand the park along the riverfront.

The Department of Natural Resources announced today that Madison is one of four areas receiving state land for conservation projects. The nature trust is expanding trails, wetlands and recreation areas to help celebrate Indiana's bicentennial in 2016.

Bob Greene, president of the Heritage Trail Conservancy, has been working to get this land for six years. Currently, there are ideas floating around about what to do with the property, but Greene said they will get assistance from multiple agencies to create the best park possible.

"We're thrilled with this acquisition" Greene said. "We really want to make this a top tourist destination."

Greene said there is a survey on the Heritage Trail Conservancy's website where people can provide input on what they would like to see in the park.

The other projects that the Bicentennial Commission approved were five acres of land for Lake County parks, 64 acres in Porter County located along the north slope of the Valparaiso Moraine near the Moraine forest and 122 acres around Big Center Lake on the edge of Angola that will be developed as a nature preserve and site for hiking, bird watching, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.