PROJECT OVERVIEW
Located along the South Shore of Lake Michigan, the 241-acre Marquette Park is one of Northwest Indiana’s most admired and historic regional parks. Completed in the spring of 2010, the Lakefront East Master Plan identifies improvements that will enhance access to and circulation within the park, preserve and strengthen the park’s natural features, provide new recreational and educational amenities, and restore the park’s signature historic facilities. Collectively, when construction is completed in 2012, the rehabilitation and new improvements will help to re-establish Marquette Park as one of Northwest Indiana’s premiere lakefront destinations, enhancing the quality of life for citizens of Gary and residents of Northwest Indiana. 

City officials and other regional leaders are working with Hitchcock Design Group and their consultant team in a comprehensive process that will be market-supported, highly collaborative, and reflective of community and stakeholder interests. The Hitchcock Design Group team was selected from a public RFP process initiated by the City of Gary Department of Planning in August 2008. Seven qualified consulting firms responded to the proposal to prepare an application for funding and associated design concepts for Marquette Park. 

Following selection, Hitchcock Design Group worked with the City to prepare an application to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) for financial support. The application was submitted in January 2009. The Marquette Park Lakefront East initiative was made possible when the City of Gary was awarded, in June 2009, a grant for $28,190,000 from the RDA for planning, design, engineering, and selected capital and operational improvements.

In May 2010 construction management services were sought for the Marquette Park Lakefront East project. ACS / Skillman, a joint venture, was selected to fulfill the role of construction manager.

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PROJECT SCHEDULE
Several milestones have been tentatively scheduled. Please check back for updates.

Phase I – Due Diligence and Master Planning
Opportunity Analysis: October 2009 - January 2010
Preliminary Strategies: November 2009 - March 2010
Final Master Plan: March - May 2010

Phase II – Capital Improvement Projects
Aquatorium, Children’s Playground, Lake Street Beach, Recreation Pavilion, Father Marquette Monument, Oak Savannah Restoration, Lagoon, Beach Parking / Special Event Area, Infrastructure, Natural Areas and Shoreline / Beach Documentation: June 2010 - April 2012

Phase III – Construction
Father Marquette Monument, Oak Savanna Restoration and Recreation Pavilion: May 2011 - June 2012

Aquatorium: September 2011 - June 2012

Marquette Beach Parking: April 2012 - July 2012

Children’s Playground, Special Event Area, Infrastructure, Natural Areas, and Shoreline / Beach: May 2012 - December 2012

Lake Street Beach: August 2012 - December 2012

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EVENTS
November 6, 2009 Kick-off Event
The much anticipated revitalization of historic Marquette Park kicked off with a ceremony from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2009 at the Marquette Park Pavilion. The public and stakeholders joined Mayor Rudolph Clay, the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, the Lakefront East Advisory Board and the consultant team for a meet and greet, introductory presentation and tour of the park.

November 17 and 18, 2009 Stakeholder Discussions
The City of Gary gathered public and stakeholder input regarding the Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan during project discussions held on November 17 and November 18. Fifty-five interviews were conducted with stakeholders during the two-day event providing the Marquette Park Lakefront East team with valuable information about how the park is used and considerations for the future.

January 14 and 16, 2010 Public Workshop and Charrette
The City of Gary gathered valuable public input during the programming workshop and planning charrette with the Marquette Park Lakefront East team. Workshop attendees participated in a highly-collaborative and engaging process with the project team. Participants reviewed the project goals, objectives, priorities, and values during the public workshop. At the charrette, participants brainstormed a variety of program, capital and operational themes for the project. The results of the planning workshop will be incorporated into the project’s preliminary design strategies.

March 6, 2010 Public Open House
The City of Gary revealed the preliminary concept plan for the rejuvenation of Marquette Park at a public open house on March 6, 2010. Over 150 residents and stakeholders joined Mayor Rudolph Clay and the City of Gary at the public open house and shared feedback with the planning team. The comments received are important and help to proactively shape the plan. Thank you to all that attended for making this event a success!

April 17, 2010 Public Meeting
After months of planning and six public input opportunities, the culmination of the effort for the Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan was unveiled Saturday, April 17 at a Public Meeting at the Marquette Park Pavilion. Over 100 residents and stakeholders joined the City of Gary and the project team to review the results of the planning effort for the Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan.

Click here for April 17, 2010 Public Meeting Flyer

April 20, 2010 Board of Park Commissioners
The City of Gary Board of Park Commissioners reviewed the proposed Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan and approved the incorporation into the Gary Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

May 11, 2010 Plan Commission
The City of Gary Plan Commission held a public hearing for the proposed Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan and recommended the plan go before Gary Common Council for incorporation into the City of Gary Comprehensive Plan.

May 18, 2010 Gary Common Council
The Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan was presented for first and second hearing at the Gary Common Council meeting. Council assigned the plan to Planning and Development Committee.

June 1, 2010 Gary Common Council
The Gary Common Council voted to approve the incorporation of the Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan into the City of Gary Comprehensive Plan.

October 22, 2010 Father Marquette Statue Restoration
The restoration of the Father Marquette Statue is the first Marquette Park Lakefront East Project component to begin construction. Joseph Sembrat and his staff of Conservation Solutions, Inc. will perform restoration services on the bronze statue.

Click here for the Father Marquette Press Release

April 8, 2011 ILASLA honors Lakefront East Master Plan with President’s Award
The Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan was recognized with a 2010 President’s Award in the Burnham Award Category through the Illinois Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects. The professional organization each year recognizes the top design projects created by chapter members. The award will be formally presented to Hitchcock Design Group and representatives from the City of Gary and Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) at a ceremony at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art on April 8, 2011.

Click here for the Press Release

April 15, 2011 Groundbreaking Celebrates Start of Construction of Marquette Park
A special groundbreaking ceremony hosted by Mayor Rudolph Clay, City of Gary officials, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority representatives, the Lakefront East Advisory Board, and the Project Team was conducted to “break ground” marking the beginning of construction at Marquette Park.

Click here for the Press Release

June 16, 2011 Public Review of Traffic Study and Proposed Roadway Improvements
The City of Gary conducted a public review of the Traffic Study and concept designs for roadway improvements at Marquette Park. Following a presentation by the Project Team, attendees were invited to vote for their preferred roadway design solution for Marquette Avenue, Montgomery Street, and Oak Avenue. The preferred option for each of these roadways selected by the public at this meeting has been used to guide the design of roadway improvements that will be constructed in Marquette Park.

Click here for the Press Release
Click here for the Voting Results

September 9, 2011 First Recreation Pavilion Tour Highlights Construction Progress
Members of the press were invited to join the Marquette Park Lakefront East Board for a tour of Marquette Park hosted by the City of Gary and the Marquette Park Lakefront East Project Team. The tour highlighted project progress and Project Team members were available to provide information and answer questions.

Click here for the Press Release

September 15, 2011 Groundbreaking Celebrates Start of Gary Bathing Beach Pavilion “Aquatorium” Renovation
Hosted by Mayor Rudolph Clay, City of Gary officials, representatives from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA), the Society for the Restoration of the Gary Bathing Beach Aquatorium and Octave Chanute’s Place in History, the Lakefront East Advisory Board, and the Marquette Park Project Team a ceremonial groundbreaking was conducted to mark the start of construction for the Gary Bathing Beach Pavilion “Aquatorium.”

Click here for the Press Release

December 9, 2011 Second Recreation Pavilion Tour Highlights Construction Progress
Members of the Press were invited to join the Marquette Park Lakefront East Board for a tour of the Marquette Park Recreation Pavilion hosted by the City of Gary and the Marquette Park Lakefront East Project Team. The tour highlighted progress made in the building’s renovation and Project Team members were available to provide information and answer questions.

December 23, 2011 Dedication Ceremony Celebrates First Phases of Marquette Park Improvements
Mayor Rudolph Clay joined City of Gary officials, representatives from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, the Lakefront East Advisory Board, and the Marquette Park Project Team for a ceremony dedicating the first phases of Marquette Park improvements, including Recreation Pavilion improvements and Oak Savanna restoration, and a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the newly renovated Father Marquette monument.

Click here for the Press Release

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PROJECT DOCUMENTS
Current project documents will be posted here as they become available. Documents are posted in PDF format.

RDA Grant Application
Project Flyer
November 6, 2009 Kick-off Event Presentation
January 14, 2010 Public Workshop Presentation
January 16, 2010 Public Charrette Presentation
March 6, 2010 Public Open House Presentation
March 6, 2010 Public Open House Boards
April 17, 2010 Public Meeting Draft Presentation
June 1, 2010 Ordinance #8367
Executive Summary
April 18, 2011 First Quarter 2011 Report
July 11, 2011 Second Quarter 2011 Report
October 17, 2011 Third Quarter 2011 Report
January 9, 2012 Fourth Quarter 2011 Report
June 15, 2012 First Quarter 2012 Report

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LAKEFRONT EAST BOARD
City of Gary
Forest Hayes, Director of Commerce
Dwayne Williams, Director of Planning
Caren Jones, Superintendent of Parks

Board of Parks Commissioners
Alma V. White, Vice President
Dr. Joe L. White, Secretary 
Dwight A. Gardner, Commissioner 
Tommy Williams, Commissioner

Advisory Committee
Miller Citizens Corporation (MCC) Eric Reaves, primary; Carol Smith, alternate
Miller Business Association (MBA) John Vinzant, primary; Rebecca Wyatt, alternate
City of Gary Common Council - First District Marilyn Krusas, Council Representative
Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Sergio Mendoza, primary
National Park Service (NPS) Eric Ehn, primary; Constantine Dillon, alternate
Save the Dunes Council, Inc. Ed Johnston, primary
U.S. Steel Alan Plewniak, primary; Lauren Legler, alternate
Society for the Restoration of the Gary Bathing Beach Aquatorium and Octave Chanute’s Place in History Alma V. White, primary; Greg Reising, alternate
South Shore CVA Speros Batistatos, primary; Nicki Mackowski, alternate

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PROJECT TEAM
Hitchcock Design Group Planning, Landscape Architecture and Program Management
Advance Construction Services Construction Management Joint Venture
The Skillman Corporation Construction Management Joint Venture
BauerLatoza Studio Historic Preservation and Reuse, Architecture
Goodman Williams Group Marketplace Evaluation and Analysis
Hugh Lighting Design Lighting Design Consultant
DLZ Civil, Electrical and Transportation Engineering, Base Data, Geotechnical and Materials Testing
Integrated Environmental Solutions Environmental Site Assessment
Cardno JFNew Biology and Dune Ecology
Kil Architecture / Planning Architecture
PROS Consulting Park Operations and Management
Forms + Funktion Architecture
Edge Associates, Inc. Food Service Consultant
R.L. Millies and Associates Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineer
RLR Graphic Design
Vavrek Architects, Inc. Architecture
David Woodhouse Architects Architecture

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