Northwestern Indiana RPC, City of Portage, National Park Service


Marquette Plan and Portage Lakefront Park

Portage and 17 Lake Michigan Communities, Indiana

46 miles of Lake Michigan coastline, 74 km of Lake Michigan coastline

Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Urban Planning and Design

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Gold

Honor Award -- Landscape Architectural Design, Honor Award for Waterfront Plan, Smart Growth Coastal City Award _ Porter County, Indiana

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“The commitment of multiple cities and funding entities is a testament to the high-quality work of the Marquette Plan.”

—U.S. Representative Peter Visclosky


SmithGroupJJR's Marquette Plan is a comprehensive, community-based strategy to reimagine and reinvest in Indiana's entire Lake Michigan shoreline. This 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.

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Portage LAF Performance Series Case Study
See Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk's performance metrics and benefits on Landscape Architecture Foundation site.