Whiting Indiana with DNR Build ADA Compliant Boardwalk on lake Michigan

Whiting Builds a ADA Compliant Boardwalk on Lake Michigan

by Mary Lowry
   If you’ve walked down the bike path behind Whihala Beach in Whiting Indiana and wondered about the construction at the West End, you can finally go check out the completed project! The work has been the result of a $16,000 matching grant from the Lake Michigan Coastal Program, which is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Officially titled the Whihala Pocket Beach Enhancement Project, the City of Whiting Parks and Building Departments worked in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to build an ADA-compliant boardwalk at the West End and beautify the surrounding landscape with native plants.

    The first phase of the project focused on creating the ADA-compliant boardwalk and outlook to make the West End more accessible for community members with disabilities and special needs.  Visitors can experience a beautiful view of the lake from a less crowded area. You can access the boardwalk and outlook from the bike path or from the West End parking lot.

    The second phase of the project included the removal of weeds and invasive plant species, replacing them with native plants. Botanists from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources oversaw this portion of the project, and over 2,600 bulbs of American beach grass were planted, along with an additional 200 various native plugs.

     The Parks Department would like to thank dedicated crew members of the City of Whiting Parks and Building Departments, who worked hard though the winter to complete the project. The Parks Department would also like to thank Mayor Joe for his support of this project and his dedication to bettering our community for all members.

    If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the project since its completion in June 2020, make sure to stop by and check it out soon!

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