The project's span of nearly 50 miles encompasses three counties, two Congressional districts and 18 communities. The plan's bold recommendations reclaim 75 percent of the shoreline for public access while fostering new partnerships and economic development.
The first catalytic demonstration project for the Marquette Plan was Portage Lakefront Park and Riverwalk. Built through an innovative partnership between the City and the National Park Service, the design transformed a 60-acre brownfield site within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore into a model of environmental stewardship. The award-winning park also provided Portage with its first public lakefront beach. The project's success helped set the tone for Northwest Indiana's effort to redefine its working waterfront as one that works for all—with an effective balance between job growth, recreation and a healthy environment.