City of gary parks and recreation master plan



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CITY OF GARY

PARKS AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN

April 2009



The City of Gary

Rudy Clay, Mayor


2009 Park Board

Tommy Berry

Alma White

Betty Gabriel

Rev. Benjamin Holmes
Gary Parks and Recreation Department

455 Massachusetts Street

Gary, IN 46902

Phone: 219- 886-7099

Fax: 219-886-7113
Caren Jones, Superintendent


Prepared by:



Stephen A. Wolter Andrea Titzer

Executive Director Project Manager

Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

Indiana University Research Park

501 N. Morton Street, Suite 101

Bloomington, IN 47404

812-855-3095

Acknowledgements

The Gary Parks and Recreation Master Plan was made possible with funding from the Gary Community Development Fund. The Gary Parks and Recreation Master Plan was completed by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University.

Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

Andrea Titzer, Project Manager

John Drew, Program Manager

Andrea Mercatante, Graduate Assistant

Zach Carnagey, Research Associate

Allison Parman, Research Associate

Cristina McGinnis Widman, Project Assistant

Nicholas Bannister-Andrews, Facility Inventory Team

Jacob Gube, Facility Inventory Team

Allene Lowrey, Editor

Matthew Berry, Graphic Artist

City of Gary

Caren Jones, Gary Parks and Recreation Superintendent

Anissa Smith, Administrative Assistant, Gary Parks and Recreation Department

Ezra Alexander, Programming Specialist, Gary Parks and Recreation Department




This publication may not be duplicated without the permission of the

Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, acting on behalf of Indiana University.


Copyright 2009, the Trustees of Indiana University

on behalf of the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands







Table of Contents

Table of Contents 6

Table of Parks 8

Table of Figures 10

Plan Purpose and Objectives 11

Comprehensive Plan Purpose 11

Comprehensive Plan Objectives 12

Parks and Recreation Department Mission 13

Context 14

Location and Planning Area 14

Transportation 18

Industry in Gary 18

Education System 19

Cultural and Historical Gary 19

Population Distribution 24

Megapolitan Areas 26

Vacation homes 26

Natural Features and Landscape 27

The Parks and Recreation System 29

Facility Inventory Summary 32

Lake Street Beach 32

Hudson Campbell Sports & Fitness Center 33

Undeveloped Park Land 33

Conversion of M.C. Bennett Parkland 35

Local and Regional Plans 36

Gary City Comprehensive Plan 36

Indiana University Northwest Expansion 36

Gary Green Link Plan 37

The Marquette Plan 37

The Ped & Pedal Plan 38

The Greenways and Blueways Plan 40

Public Recreational Facilities in Gary 42

Recreation Programming and Events 45

Other Recreation Providers 47

Surrounding Area Events 50

Partnerships 52

Adopt-A-Park Programs 53

Potential Partnerships 55

Accessibility and Universal Design 60

Current Accessibility 61

Proposed Accessibility 61

Public Participation 62

Stakeholder Meetings 62

Community Forum Focus Group Meetings 65

Community Leaders Workshop 68

Partnership Breakfast 72

Open Public Forums and Public Review of Master Plan 73

Benchmarks 75

Introduction 75

Methodology 76

Benchmarks 77

Benchmarking Analysis 80

Recreation Trends 81

Level of Service Standards and Recreation Needs Analysis 82

Introduction 82

Park Acreage Level of Service 83

Paved, Multi-Purpose Trails 83

Other Facility Types 84

Indoor Recreation Pavilions / Community Centers 84

Baseball/Softball Fields 85

Urban Recreation 86

Administrative Structure 89

Organization Structure Review 89

Focus on Jewel Parks and Regional Parks 92

Department Reorganization 93

Revenue/Cost Center Analyses 95

Summary and Recommendations 96

Tiered Maintenance for Parks and Facilities 98

Playgrounds 100

Trimming 100

Repairs and Capital Improvements 101

Community Participation 101

Funding 103

Background 103

Local Taxes 103

Alternative Funding Mechanisms 105

Summary 107

Facility Inventory 108

Strategic and Action Planning 201

Strategic Plan 201

Strategies 203

Facilities 203

Department Reorganization 206

Funding 207

Partnerships 208

Programming 208

ADA Accessibility 209

Maintenance 209

Action Plan 210

Reference Information for Gary Parks and recreation Department 213

Economic Impact of Parks 213

Park Design Standards 215

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 216

Bibliography 218

Table of Parks


Aetna 109

Aetna Park 110

Aetna Playground 111

Aetna Playground 2 112

Indian Boundary 114

June LaBroi Park 115

Playlot 116

Ambridge-Horace Mann 117

Ambridge Mann Park 118

Westbrook Fields 120

Westbrook Park 122

Brunswick 124

Dallas Totlot 127

Downtown 130

Jackson Park 133

Emerson 137

East Glen Park (East Side) 143

Gleason Park 146

Martin Luther King Dr. Totlot 155

Pittman Square 156

Midtown 159

Linear Park 160

Means Manor Totlot 162

Norton Park 163

Unnamed Playlot 164

Roosevelt Park 165

Miller 170

Gibson Fields 171

Knox Park 172

Sunrise Playground 177

Pulaski 178

Central Dr. Totlot 180

Hatcher Park 182

Nichols Place 188

Pulaski Playground 189

Tolleston 190

M.C. Bennett Park 191

Patcher Park 192

Rutledge Totlot 194

West Side 197

Hovey Playground 197

Seberger Park 199







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