Located along the South Shore of Lake Michigan, Marquette Park is one of Northwest Indiana’s most admired and historic regional parks. Hitchcock Design Group collaborated with the City of Gary to pursue and secure a $28 million Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority grant to identify critical capital and operational improvements. The process included significant public involvement that included stakeholder interviews and open houses. The Master Plan identified initiatives to enhance access and circulation within the 241-acre park, while also preserving and strengthening its natural features.
Implementation of the improvements consisted of improving the park beaches, restoring the lagoon and restoring the historic structures that already occupied the site. Enhancements to Marquette Beach included the design and construction of a new festival space, construction of new picnic facilities, playground improvements and the refurbishment of an existing concession building. Lake Street Beach improvements consisted of reconstructing the existing parking facilities and the existing boat ramp as well as new decorative lighting and a new gatehouse. The historic structures located at the Park include the 1921-era Recreation Pavilion and the Aquatorium. Improvements to these structures and the surrounding sites consisted of completely reconstructing the site as well as new mechanical and electrical systems, masonry restoration, and new building finishes. The rehabilitation and capital improvements re-establish Marquette Park as one of the region’s premier event destinations.
Lakefront East Master Plan and Capital Improvements
City of Gary
Vavrek Architects, Inc.
David Woodhouse Architects
Forms + Funktion
Hugh Lighting Design
Goodman Williams Group
R. L. Millies and Associates
Edge Associates, Inc.
Integrated Environmental Solutions
ILASLA President's Award, 2010
Indiana Landmarks Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration, 2014