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In recognition of those who brought us this far...

We would like to extend a special thank you to the numerous individuals, families and groups who have donated their time, money and resources to the Gary Pines project through the past 70+ years. Because of you, the Pines are here to be enjoyed by the next generation.


In this acknowledgement, we would like to take a moment to recognize those involved in the 2017-2018 expansion project:

City of Gary

Gary Volunteer Fire Department

Gary Lions Club

Gary Cares

Andy Lakes Woodworks and Amish craftsman

The Petry and Johnson families

Mudslingers OHV Club

Shock & Awe Youth Philanthropy   

The Dekko Foun­dation

Soyko International

Noah Insurance 

Twin Valley - Gary Area Community Fund

Northwest Re­gion­al Sustainable Devel­opment Partnerships

U of M Community As­sis­tantship Program (CAP)   

U of M Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)

U of M College of Design

U of M Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR)

Residents and youth who participated in the development of the master plan

Northwest Minnesota Foundation 

Northwest Minnesota Legacy Arts Grant

National Park Service

And the many alumni, residents, youth, children and nature lovers throughout the area who put their talents to use making this project a success.



The Gary City Council and Gary Pines Team Community Project leaders, Karie Kirschbaum and Brian Chisholm

Dedicated June 16, 2018

Preserving our heritage of  nature and recreation in the Gary Pines recreational area

Dream the dream in rural Minnesota by creating a sustainable forest  to experience

Partnering with like-minded groups, citizens and granting bodies to reach common goals

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