Gary Green Link Corridor

This master plan rings the industrial city of Gary, Indiana with a natural resources greenway and recreation corridor by connecting the Grand Calumet River, the Little Calumet River, and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Links with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to the east establish the new parkland as part of a continuous regional landscape amenity.

Input from community, municipal, and regional representatives was critical to the development of the plan. Whenever possible, the proposal restores native ecological communities to create sustainable landscapes. Bicycle and pedestrian trails are sensitively introduced as active elements within nature.

The comprehensive analysis of existing conditions and proposal of new design ideas produced guidelines for model ordinances to implement the Gary Green Link through new local zoning and landscape management practices.

AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS:
AIA Chicago 2011 Regional & Urban Design Award, Citation of Merit

LOCATION: Gary, IN
CLIENT: City of Gary, IN
ARCHITECT: UrbanWorks, Ltd.
CONSULTING FIRMS: Wolff + Associates (Planner and Landscape Architect)
PROJECT INITIATION: 2003
COMPLETION OF WORK: 2004
SITE AREA: 30-mile greenway corridor (site)