Marquette Park Master Plan Receives Award

This week at the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan was recognized with a 2010 President’s Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA).  Each year by jury, ILASLA recognizes the top design projects created by its chapter members.  The President’s Award was formally presented to Hitchcock Design Group, the City of Gary, and the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA).

The President’s Award, Burnham Category, honors the legacy of architect and planner Daniel Burnham.  Through his axiom “Make No Little Plan,” the ILASLA jury highlighted the successful link of the site’s cultural past with a future vision, large-scale design intent, and realistic approach to the plan. “Working with our project team, we developed a comprehensive approach that is market-centered, highly collaborative, transformational, and respectful of our park’s heritage,” stated Christopher A. Meyers, Director of Department of Planning and Development.

Located along the South Shore of Lake Michigan in Gary, the 241-acre Marquette Park is one of Northwest Indiana’s most admired and historic regional parks.  The Lakefront East Master Plan, which was approved in the Summer of 2010, identifies improvements that 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 park-wide construction is completed in 2012, revitalization and improvements listed within the Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan will help re-establish the park as one of Northwest Indiana’s premier lakefront destinations and enhance the quality of life and park experience for Gary and Northwest Indiana residents. 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 select capital and operational improvements. The ground breaking ceremony for the improvements is also this week. Stay tuned.

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