The Indiana Natural Resource Commission approved Indiana’s first underwater nature preserve.
The J.D. Marshall, which sank in 1911, lies 28 feet under the waters of Lake Michigan just off shore of Indiana Dunes state park. The ship and the 100 acres surrounding it will now officially be designated the J.D. Marshall Preserve.
Mike Molnar, Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program Director, says a lot of team work went into establishing the preserve.
Lafayette Parks and Recreation officials are reviewing results of two surveys – one on the five year master plan and the other on Loeb Stadium.
Superintendent Ted Bumbleburg says 370 people responded to the master plan questionnaire and 640 gave input on Loeb.
“We did find, and it kind of goes along with the park master plan, that expanding trails and pathways are one of the big things to do in the city and parks,” he says. “Loeb Stadium just was on the repairs, or the renovation, is where we got the most responses.”
Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette has been helping community members build their own homes in the area for nearly 30 years. Executive Director Doug Taylor says the organization will continue to do that, but with a larger focus.
Taylor says the local chapter wants to help build neighborhoods. It's a trend that's happening nationwide with other Habitat chapters. He says the current focus is on the Wabash Neighborhood in Lafayette, just south of downtown.