Big, Bold, Visionary - Groundplanes for Gary Winner

Regional & Urban Design Award, Citation of Merit

What started as a natural resources greenway and recreation corridor framework plan for Gary Indiana evolved into a visionary master plan of the surrounding region for the next generation. Goundplanes for Gary was unveiled in the revolutionary exhibit, “Big Bold Visionary: Chicago Considers the Next Century”.

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. WiFi hot zones organize social spaces.

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.

UrbanWorks, Ltd
Burnham Plan Centennial
  • Ambriz Graphic Design
  • Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
  • McElroy Associates
  • Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. (formerly Wolff Clements & Associates)
Gary, Indiana