Saturday, July 23, 2016

May Days

Lake Street Beach Critical Mass
Thanks to the volunteers who helped us kickoff the beach season and to bring attention to all the programming we are doing at Lake St Beach this summer, and across the community as a whole, by participating in our First Annual Miller Spotlight Memorial Day Parade on 5/28/16. 

They helped us show critical mass and bring Lake Street Beach back to it's former glory. 
We had a vehicle decorating contest for the kickoff with 3 categories stroller, bicycle and golf cart.  


We started at the Lake Street Supermarket (434 N. Lake St. Gary, IN 46403) at 10AM and ended up at Lake Street Beach Summer. 

Our local food venders were there and the boat/ jet ski launch was be ready. A great time was had by all!!!
The Dune Buggy was up and running and offering free rides from Miller Station to the Douglas Center to Lake Street Beach to Marquette Park.

Launching the Lagoon Update:
Canoers and fisherman linger in our lagoon at sunset. Soon they will have an ADA compliant launch to start their sojourns from. 

The launch is ordered! The permits have been garnered. Gary’s Miller Spotlight's Access Miller Action Group and Barrier Free Beach 2020 volunteers are very happy to announce that we have secured the funding for our community canoe/ paddle launch in Marquette Park. This will be an accessible launch that will help us to attain our community vision of being a universally designed area by 2025. 

Thanks to Legacy Foundation for their $25,000 transform Lake Co grant, Mortar Net for their $3500 match, our generous local benefactors for donating, the Miller Community Fund for their grant and Gary's Rotary Club for their donation. We were able to raise a grand total $9,719.26. So, we have $34,719.26 to work with on this project. Give A big pat on the back to these awesome volunteers for all their hard work on implementing our community plan! 
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be on 6/25/16 at the Annual Water Celebration. Contact our community builder, Jessie Renslow, via for more info

Cycle Miller Beach is running a build-a-bike every third Sunday of the month during the MILLER BEACH FARMERS MARKET from 10am-3pm.  

Also did you know Cycle Miller Beach has a blog? You can check it out here. Many members of Gary's Miller Spotlight Access Miller Action Group partake in this fun biking group. They love exploring our local trails and hot spots.

Wirt Swag:
Gary's Miller Spotlight: Education / Youth and Child Programming Action Group is looking for volunteers to help catalogue and sell Wirt swag at the All Wirt Class Reunion the 4th weekend in June. 

Proceeds from these sales will go to help fund classroom wish lists from our Wirt-Emerson teachers. Any additional funds will go towards programming at our local high school. Contact for more info.

Grant Writing Workshop 
If you're looking for a way to learn about grants/ grant writing click on this link at 10AM Thursday 6/16/16 for a free webinar/ workshop that will be given by the Indiana Association of Economic Development. Please spread the word! 

We have 7 themes that are being addressed in our 29 community goals. Miller Spotlight volunteers presented our community plan at Wirt-Emerson on Saturday 11/14/15. Check out our full length plan on the Miller Spotlight Facebook page and look for our blog about the project's next phase coming soon. You can also email directly if you'd like a copy of the PDF. You don't have to live in Miller you just have to care about our revitalization efforts to participate. All are welcome to join!!!

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