Marquette Park and Nature Preserve
Marquette Park’s 241 acres span the entire coast of Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood, including its 90 lakefront homes. Walk onto 5 miles of beaches and over 20 miles of scenic hike and bike trails in the Indiana Dunes, and see the Chicago skyline from the shore of the southernmost point of Lake Michigan! You’ll find a lagoon, oak savanna, inland ponds, and tall dunes at this hidden gem. Public art commemorating local history includes Father of Flight Octave Chanute statue and model of his early flying machine, explorer Father Marquette statue, and Tuskegee Airman statue and scale reproduction of fighter plane. Historical and stately buildings add to the wide variety of interesting experiences at this park.
In 2011, the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) spent 30 million dollars in Marquette Park renovating two historic 1920s Prairie School structures—the stately Marquette Pavilion and the Gary Aquatorium (Gary Bath House). The RDA also restored coastal dunes and picnic areas and installed new paved trails for bicycling and hiking to connect our neighborhood trail system to the Indiana Dunes National Park. Managed by the City of Gary Park District with the help of: Friends of Marquette Park, Miller Garden Club, and Miller Playground Committee.