GARY | Mayor Rudolph Clay will join City 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 Society), the Lakefront East Advisory Board, and the Marquette Park Project Lakefront East Team to break ground at 1 p.m. on September 22 in front of the Aquatorium, marking the beginning of construction for the Gary Bathing Beach Pavilion "Aquatorium" in Marquette Park.
Through a partnership between the City of Gary and the Society, the $1.4 million restoration of the Aquatorium and Site is part of a group of capital improvements to be constructed under RDA grant funding. Renovations will include a new flight museum, exterior masonry rehabilitation, and western courtyard.
The Marquette Park Lakefront East Project 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.
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. Capital improvements, which are laid out in The Marquette Park Lakefront East Master Plan (MPLEMP), provide 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 MPLEMP 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.