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Marquette Greenway Trail

Marquette Greenway Trail

The 50-mile Marquette Greenway Trail will eventually link communities, major parks and a wide variety of cultural, natural and economic assets. The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Program, in conjunction with the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Association, announced on October 29 a plan to close a nine-mile gap separating two units of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This will contribute to the Green Legacy goals of preserving regionally significant open space and completing our trail system.

The Marquette Trail is a key component of the visionary and ambitious Marquette Plan. This project will have major regional impact, implementing a broader “lakeshore reinvestment strategy” that includes proposals for green space and trails for recreation, environmental quality improvements and community development. By building on the rich, natural legacy of northwestern Indiana, the Marquette Plan offers a vision in which nature and industry—and the “old” and “new” economies—work together to create a sustainable future and a major enhancement of the metropolitan region’s green infrastructure.

For a print-friendly fact sheet on the Marquette Greenway Trail, click here.

Program Partners

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is a regional council of local governments serving the three counties of northwest Indiana. The northwest Indiana region is an integral part of the greater Chicago metropolitan area. NIRPC provides a forum that enables ...[MORE]

American Planning Association - Indiana Chapter

APA Indiana serves the interests and needs of citizen and professional community planners and others in “Making Great Communities Happen” in Indiana. APA Indiana promotes public interest in planning and the development of Indiana’s resources and assists its membership in ...[MORE]

Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program

The purpose of the Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program, a division of the Department of Natural Resources, is to enhance the Indiana''s role in planning for and managing natural and cultural resources in the coastal region and to support partnerships ...[MORE]

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Contact: Mitch Barloga, Non-motorized Transportation Planner,, 219.763.6060


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