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Green Gary Program  Indiana Dunes NL
 Apr 13, 2004 09:25 PDT 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              Bruce Rowe
April 12, 2004                      (219) 926-7561 ext. 231


    Enjoy the sometimes hidden natural treasures of Gary through a
fun-filled day along the shores of Lake Michigan. On April 24, both
Marquette Park and the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental
Education will host the second annual Green Gary celebration in honor of
the sometimes, little-known natural beauty of Gary. Coinciding with
Earth Day and National Park Week celebrations, this event takes place
between 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, and features plenty of free activities and
entertainment presented by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the Gary
Park Department, and the Community Partnership.
     At Marquette Park, relax to the jazz music of Billy Foster at the
historic Aquatorium, see live owls and hawks up close, watch a
(wildland) firefighting and a bucket truck rescue demonstration, and
explore a tent-full of activity booths hosted by local nature and civic
organizations. Or, bring your bike and go on a guided ride along some
sections of the future Gary Green Link bike trail. Then take a free
shuttle down the street to the Douglas Center where kids of all ages can
try their hand at making crafts from recycled items, enjoy a room full
of animals, watch a video on the Indiana Dunes, or hike one of the most
beautiful spots in the region, Miller Woods. At both locations, you may
run into the mascots of the Gary Southshore Railcats baseball team or
the Gary Steelheads basketball team. Several organizations, including
the Railcats and Brookfield Zoo, are donating prizes to be given away.   

     In addition to having a good time, there’s the chance to learn more
about future Green Gary activities and the organizations that sponsor
them. Since Gary includes a major portion of a national park, 57 city
parks, two county parks, several nature preserves belonging to land
trusts, and a host of other green spaces there is no shortage of places
or activities to enjoy. Free maps of Gary’s green spaces and activity
lists will be available during this event.        
     The Community Partnership presenting this Green Gary celebration is
an informal coalition of over 20 private and public groups. The
partnership provides a forum that helps northwest Indiana communities
and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore work together to heighten awareness
and develop appreciation of surrounding natural areas.
     For more information about Green Gary, contact Bruce Rowe of
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at 219-926-7561, extension 231 or Sue
Mazepa of the Gary Park Department at 219-886-7099.

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