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2017 BarrierFreeBeachPresentation

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This presentation discusses the progress being made within the Calumet Region concerning the ADA and showcases our volunteers collaborating with our parks departments.

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2017 BarrierFreeBeachPresentation

  1. 1. CAUSES FOR CHANGE PROJECT BARRIER FREE BEACH 2020 OVERVIEW: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 GARY’S MILLER SPOTLIGHT
  2. 2. BARRIER FREE BEACH 2015: THE NEED 4 BFB
  3. 3. 2015 2015 launched Gary’s Miller Spotlight 4,013 SWOT comments were collected Access Miller Action Group Started Need for Barrier Free Beach Committee was seen October 2015, Gary’s Parks & Rec Superintendent met with volunteers from Miller Spotlight November 2015, Barrier Free Beach Chairperson was appointed. (Zully JF Alvarado) November 2015, Gary’s Parks & Rec Dept. submitted Coast Grant
  4. 4. BARRIER FREE BEACH 2016: PLANS & ACTIONS
  5. 5. January 2016 Barrier Free Beach 1st committee meeting Location: Veterans Village 16 participants Decided that action based initiatives were our focus (Kayak Launch) Booked facility assessment dates Received funding for portable ramps via Gary’s Miller Spotlight's receiving an Early Action Grant ($750.00) from Legacy Foundation. Received funding for 11 accessible bike racks for the Miller footprint via Gary’s Miller Spotlight's receiving an Early Action Grant ($3,500.00) from Legacy Foundation. Received Coastal Grant
  6. 6. February 2016 Barrier Free Beach 2nd committee meeting Location: Marquette Park Pavillion Received assessment training from Great Lakes ADA Center Conducted assessment of Marquette Park Pavillion Filmed process for Access 4 All multimedia series NWIPA submitted Transform Lake Co. Grant for kayak launch to Legacy Foundation
  7. 7. March 2016 Conducted 17 additional assessments: Aquatorium, Chanute Trail, Father Marquette Garden, Shelter 5, Playground, Cafe, Woodson Library, MBACD, Miller Pizza, Vibrations, Indie Indie Bang Bang, 444 Grill, exterior of Captain’s House, Beach Cafe, 18th St, Brasserie, Great Lakes Cafe Disability Awareness Month Kickoff at the Blind Social Center Redevelopment Training Art Contest School presentations Conducted Web Access Training: 26 attendees
  8. 8. April 2016 NWIPA received Transform Lake Co. Grant $25,000 for kayak launch to Legacy Foundation Gary’s Miller Spotlight & Causes for Change fundraised $8,900 for the Kayak Launch, solar lights & ADA sidewalk. Gary’s Miller Spotlight submitted ADA Coros grant for Access 4 All series Presented Kayak Launch concept at 4 city meetings and met with the Army Corps of Engineers Participated in focus group for 2016 Accessibility Community Focus Group ( Sponsored by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community)
  9. 9. May 2016 Advocated for Dune Buggy Program Measured Kayak specs/ sidewalk specs Gary’s Miller Spotlight received ADA Coros grant ($3,000) for Access 4 All series Continued to film Access 4 All series Ordered Kayak Launch Planned Ribbon Cutting to align with the Gary Clean Water Celebration
  10. 10. June 2016 Planned ribbon cutting Ensured ADA compliancy was maintained during project implementation Planned Weekly Sunset Paddles Held Kayak Ribbon Cutting Gary’s Kayak Launch+amenities cost $33,000 (did it in 6 months) Inspired our fellow Neighborhood Spotlight Community, Hobart, to also put in a Kayak launch
  11. 11. KAYAK LAUNCH RIBBON-CUTTING A GREAT TURNOUT AND TONS OF COMMUNITY GOODWILL!
  12. 12. July 2016 NWIPA & Gary’s Miller Spotlight volunteers coordinated Weekly Sunset Paddles Weekly Sunset Paddles led to weekly community cleanups of Shelter 5 area and the Calumet Lagoon Save the Dunes became an official partner and gave workshop on invasive species removal Weekly Sunset Paddles led to weekly community invasive species weeding of Shelter 5 area and the Calumet Lagoon Weekly Sunset Paddles led to weekly patronage to local eateries Weekly Sunset Paddles led to more potential partners; Nature Conservancy, Douglas Center, NIRPC, Ped-Pedal-Paddle, Adaptive Adventures… Canoe Mobile with the Dunes Learning Center
  13. 13. August 2016 Partnered with Directed by Women Global Film Festival to premiere Access 4 All series as part of their Global Film Viewing Party Conducted Weekly Sunset Paddles, community clean ups, invasive species weeding and eatery patronage Edited Access 4 All series Participated in the 2016 Health Summit in Indianapolis (Sponsored by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community)
  14. 14. September 2016 Premiered Access 4 All series as part of the Directed by Women Global Film Festival’s Global Film Viewing Party Conducted Weekly Sunset Paddles, community clean ups, invasive species weeding and eatery patronage Started Operation Ralph’s-Wilco Determined need for Lagoon Outlook Garden Started discussing Outdoor Adaptive Escapade planning Began community ADA survey
  15. 15. Oct. Nov. Dec. 2016 Oct: Legacy Foundation site visit at Kayak launch Oct: Adaptive Adventures meeting/tour (they decided to partner with us on the OAE) Nov: Parks Anniversary-Douglas Center put in an accessible trail and we tested the beach/trail wheelchair Access 4 All: Progress in the Parks was showcased at the Indiana Welcome Center as part of The First Annual Indiana Dunes Film Festival Final Barrier Free Beach Committee Meeting of 2016
  16. 16. BARRIER FREE BEACH 2017: PLANS & ACTIONS
  17. 17. 2017 Jan. 1st BFB meeting of the year: Committed to the First Annual Outdoor Adaptive Escapade and the Lagoon Outlook Garden Continue to partner with stakeholders Planning 2017 Weekly Sunset Paddles Writing Grants & Seeking Partnerships Received the Lake County Master Gardener Grant for the Lagoon Outlook Garden The First Annual Outdoor Adaptive Escapade will be on July 15, 2017 and it will showcase Downtown Emerson, Miller, Lake Station, Hobart and Griffith
  18. 18. JULY 15, 2017 PROJECT DATE CLIENT RIBBON CUTTING LAGOON OUTLOOK GARDEN COMING SOON!
  19. 19. 2018, 2019 & 2020 Goals 2017 Bike Share 10 bikes funded ($18,000 via Legacy Foundation Grant for Miller Spotlight) seeking $1600 to fund ADA bike 2017 Paddle Share (seeking $26,000) 2018 Lake St. Beach Boardwalk 2018 Aquachairs for all Gary Parks with water amenities 2019 Universal Design Playground 2020 Barrier Free Beach Completed (and branch out to neighboring communities/ businesses)
  20. 20. QUESTIONS???

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