Marquette Park Restoration Honored with Cook Cup

rda-marquette-parkIndiana Landmarks has awarded the 2014 Cook Cup to the City of Gary for the restoration of Marquette Park.

As the famous nineteenth-century architect of Chicago’s lakefront Daniel Burnham directed, “Make big plans; aim high in life and work…” Back in the 1990s, Congressman Pete Visclosky took Burnham’s advice, championing a comprehensive vision, called the Marquette Plan, to reclaim 21 miles of Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline—from the Illinois line to LaPorte County—for public enjoyment and recreation.

Following Burnham’s dictum and the Marquette Plan, the City of Gary restored historic Marquette Park—241 acres along Lake Michigan—with $28.2 million from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Indiana Landmarks recognized the project with the 2014 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration, awarded at our Rescue Party on April 26.

Read the full story here. Photo via the RDA Transformation Blog.