The Gary Pines project, described in this report, is a unique project for three reasons. First, it exemplifies development of place and the possibilities generated when a community has a strong connection and commitment to place that spans generations. Historically, the site of Gary Pines was a dusty area that was worked on by members of the community back in 1942. A historical photo that is part of the community’s record shows a 1938 tractor and three farmers from the community working on the land. This thoughtful development was an East Agassiz Soil Conservation service project done in partnership with the City of Gary then developed further by subsequent generations of community members with local school children planting batches of plantings that became ‘The Pines.’ Stories in memories of elders in the community tell of the many ways the Gary community enjoyed the Pines. Second, this interest and use of the Pines is still current. Community members use it for hiking, riding ATVs and horseback riding as well as holding events in the picnic shelter that was built there in the 1990s. In addition community members from the City of Gary proper that is located a mile or so southeast of the Pines, the Pines are well known by the many visitors using Highway 32 when they stop there for a simple rest stop including use of the bathrooms on the way. Third, it continues to be a place for which the community has an active vision including the development of a memorial garden by the Gary Lions Club and other organizations. This project facilitated as a Design for Community Resilience project of the Center for Sustainable Building Research sought to engage the community in the design for the future phases of the site based on input they gave of current use and aspirations for the site.
Prepared in partnership with the City of Gary by the Community Assistantship Program (CAP), which is administered by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
Gary Pines Master Plan.
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