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Portage Kicks Off Park Project

Monday, August 03, 2015

With the support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project will take 69 acres of industrial land and restore it to its native habitat for public use. It’s a five-year project, according to the project’s manager. The first two year swill be spent on heavy construction, the next three on plant management. The first step is the demolition of Warehouse 57, which will be paid for by the city of Portage as its share of the partnership for this project.

The land currently being worked on is south of the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, another part of the Marquette Plan ED Impact reported on earlier this year. That project transformed an industrial waste dump into a park complete with a number of amenities including a fishing pier and a pavilion.

“This is a really exciting thing for the city of Portage,” an NWI Times article quoted Portage Mayor James Snyder saying. “[And] it is more exciting for the region.”

U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, who has been a big part of the push for the Marquette Project for many years, commended the city of Portage and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for “their continued efforts to create good paying jobs all while having a positive impact on our environment.” He added that the progress from investment in these projects build a strong economic foundation for future generations.

James Snyder, Mayor
City of Portage

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