Launching the Lagoon

$3,530 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 48 people in 11 months
Jessica Renslow
on behalf of Marquette Park Lagoon
 GARY, IN
Who are we?
Launching the Lagoon is a project spearheaded by a diverse, grassroots coalition of community members and partnering organizations committed to Marquette Park (Gary)  becoming as inclusive as possible, to promote access for all in the greater Northwest Indiana/ Chicagoland area. 

What are we raising money for?
We are installing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible canoe and kayak launch at the Marquette Lagoon. Marquette Lagoon  is located in Gary, Indiana’s beautiful beach community, Miller

Why are we pursuing this project?
We are committed to becoming as inclusive as possible as a community and to promoting access for all in the greater Northwest Indiana/ Chicagoland area. This project is a first critical step toward achieving the universal access goals shared by the City of Gary’s Barrier Free Beach 2020  initiative and the Access Miller Beach Neighborhood Spotlight Community Plan .  

What’s the entire project’s budget?
The cost of the ADA accessible canoe and kayak launch hardware and installation totals $32,000.00.  By working together (the partners listed below) have secured a $25,000.00 Transform Lake County Grant  from the Legacy Foundation  to implement the accessible launch.  

Matching Fund Donation:
A generous, local sponsor has pledged to provide up to $3,500.00 in matching funds for donations received through our GoFundMe project.  

Our request: 
We’re almost to our goal! Please help us raise the remaining $3,500.00 to install Lake County Indiana’s 1st accessible canoe and kayak at Marquette Park’s popular paddling destination.   

Who are our partners? 
Legacy Foundation of Lake County , Causes for Change International , Northwest Indiana Paddling Association , Neighborhood Spotlight Miller : Access Miller Beach committee , City of Gary Barrier Free Beach 2020 , and Miller Beach Arts and Creative District

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Update 18
Posted by Jessica Renslow
5 months ago
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Please watch our 8 minute short film "Access 4 All: Celebrating Progress in our Parks." It won a Sandy on Friday, November 4th at the Dunes Film Festival #indufilmfest,. The kayak / canoe launch is featured heavily in the film. Thanks to our individual community partners, Mortar Net, Causes for Change International, ADA-Indiana , Great Lakes ADA Center, Marquette Park Gary, Marquette Park Pavilion, Team Gary, Indiana, the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Directed by Women , Almost Fairytales and our backbone organization, the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District for collaborating on this project.
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Update 17
Posted by Jessica Renslow
5 months ago
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We got a Sandy for our 8 minute short film "Access 4 All: Celebrating Progress in our Parks" on Friday, November 4th at the Dunes Film Festival #indufilmfest,. The kayak / canoe launch is featured heavily in the film. Thanks to our individual community partners, Mortar Net, Causes for Change International, ADA-Indiana , Great Lakes ADA Center, Marquette Park Gary, Marquette Park Pavilion, Team Gary, Indiana, the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Directed by Women , Almost Fairytales and our backbone organization, the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District for collaborating on this project.
Our Sandy!
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Update 16
Posted by Jessica Renslow
7 months ago
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Thank you to all that have made our kayak crew happen. Whether you donated time, funding or equipment, know that you are shifting our community paradigm on illegal dumping and healthy living for all. We were 20 strong at last night's sunset paddle and pickup. Save the Dunes also held an informative session on weeding out invasive species. Our paddles are every Thursday at 6pm in Gary's beautiful Marquette Park Lagoon @marquetteparkgary Our volunteers are making these a weekly event every Thursday at 6pm until winter. Gary's Miller Spotlight's Access Miller Action Group has partnered with Barrier Free Beach 2020, Marquette Park Gary, Northwest in Paddling Association and Miller Beach Arts & Creative District to get funding for an accessible canoe/ kayak launch for our community. We were able to garner the funds for this project through grants and donations. Please spread the word about our latest attraction, which is completely free to the public to use!
9/1/16 Paddle, Pickup and Invasive Plant Picking
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Update 15
Posted by Jessica Renslow
9 months ago
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Thanks to your generosity we were able to have an awesome community event/ cleanup. Yay! A large group excitedly listened to our local volunteers and used a variety of modes of transportation to get to our first Gary Sunset Paddle and Pickup in Marquette Park. We're making these a weekly event every Thursday at 7pm until winter. Please spread the word about our latest attraction, which is completely free to the public to use!
Volunteers in Action
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Zully JF Alvarado
11 months ago
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Appreciate your support in creating accessible canoeing and kayaking opportunities for persons with disabilities along side with able bodied folks.

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Zully JF Alvarado
11 months ago

If your donation is failing to go through, GoFundMe help section states the following: The most common reason payments fail is due to incorrect or old billing information. Did you recently move? Are you using an expired card? You'll want to double check your payment information and try again.

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John Mohr
11 months ago

Tried to donate it won't take the exp.date correctly.

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John Mohr
11 months ago

Why didn't Gary do something like this when the tried a half hearted rehab of the east end of the lagoon, which made access even more difficult than before they started.

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Dan Plath
11 months ago

Huge thanks to everyone that has contributed to the Gofundme. Our goal is to have the ribbon cutting on June 25th as part of the Gary Clean Water Celebration.

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$3,530 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 48 people in 11 months
Created May 10, 2016
Jessica Renslow  
on behalf of Marquette Park Lagoon
EG
$30
Elizabeth Greeenwald
10 months ago

Thank you for this project

LR
$30
Laura Rolek
11 months ago
1
1
GK
$100
George Kozuchowski
11 months ago
1
1
BR
$200
Blue Butterfly Vacation Rentals
11 months ago
1
1
LR
$200
Lisa Ruddell
11 months ago
1
1
$25
Anonymous
11 months ago
1
1
RA
$100
Republic Frame & Axle
11 months ago
1
1

We are very excited about the kayak launch on the Lagoon and are proud to continue to support the Miller community!!

$50
Geof Benson
11 months ago
1
1

So close- let's get this!!!!

MC
$75
Megan Cecil
11 months ago
1
1
$20
Anonymous
11 months ago
1
1
Zully JF Alvarado
11 months ago
1
1

Appreciate your support in creating accessible canoeing and kayaking opportunities for persons with disabilities along side with able bodied folks.

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Zully JF Alvarado
11 months ago

If your donation is failing to go through, GoFundMe help section states the following: The most common reason payments fail is due to incorrect or old billing information. Did you recently move? Are you using an expired card? You'll want to double check your payment information and try again.

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John Mohr
11 months ago

Tried to donate it won't take the exp.date correctly.

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John Mohr
11 months ago

Why didn't Gary do something like this when the tried a half hearted rehab of the east end of the lagoon, which made access even more difficult than before they started.

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Dan Plath
11 months ago

Huge thanks to everyone that has contributed to the Gofundme. Our goal is to have the ribbon cutting on June 25th as part of the Gary Clean Water Celebration.

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