South Shore Annual Meeting, 2013 March 20th
He reported on the progress of community trails including the paving both of the Monon rail trail three mile loop in Hammond, and of the Brickyard Trail though Porter, Indiana.
Notably, while commenting on the influence that South Shore has had on the communities embraced by the organization, Dan proposed a visionary outlook beyond completing trails, that the group would further seek to enhance the livability of the area by promoting healthy concepts such as complete streets. The philosophy of Complete Streets allows for the idea that streets be designed to accommodate bicyclists, pedestrian, cars, trucks, and busses within the same corridor where practicable.
Later, President Parker presented awards for Best Connector and Best Connection. The Best Connector award was presented to Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr. for his active support of trails in the State’s fifth largest city.
The Best Connection was given to recognize the cooperation between the Indiana Deportment of Transportation and the Town of Highland. Alex Brown, Superintendent of Highland’s Parks and Recreation received the award for a tunnel built under U.S. 41 at Wicker Park which ties together two sides of the Erie Lackawanna Trail completing a 17 mile off road corridor connecting Crown Point to Hammond.
The group also honored John A. Swanson, retired Northern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) Executive Director, for his work in developing over 100 miles of non motorized corridors in 41 communities and municipalities throughout the area. Mitch Barloga, Nonmotorized Transportation & Greenways Planner at NIRPC, accepted the award on behalf of John Swanson.