Size in acres: 4
Construction Update: Riverfront Phase I
View the September 23, 2018 Construction Report
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The Proposed Site Plan
Three rivers converge in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne.
People in Northeast Indiana have gathered here for centuries.
Experience the legacy. Explore the natural wonder.
And enjoy this community’s new momentum forward.
In the 2000s, Northeast Indiana’s residents began to recognize the importance of our rivers again.
Mayor Tom Henry established Legacy Fort Wayne in 2011 to guide the spending of approximately $75 million through the Light Lease Settlement and Fort Wayne Community Trust funds. The Mayor solicited hundreds of ideas from the community on how best to utilize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the desire for riverfront development rose to the top of the list.
With the public’s overwhelming support, Mayor Henry commissioned a comprehensive Riverfront study. Throughout the process, thousands of residents completed surveys, attended events, heard presentations, shared their ideas and even experienced the rivers themselves with riverboat excursions and Dragon Boat races.
In 2015, a conceptual plan was drawn up and shared with the community. Fort Wayne City Council approved $6 million in funds for Riverfront work, including maintenance, development and events. Mayor Henry formed a Riverfront Implementation Committee to guide the project, and the city hired Riverworks Design Group to take the conceptual plan and develop schematic designs.
This led to Phase I of Riverfront Fort Wayne.
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Promenade Park Sculpture
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This project is partly funded by:
We're lighting up the river with year-round programs. Check out the on-line calendar for information on: Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races, Intro to Dragon Boat Racing, Intro to Canoe and Kayaking, Young Paddlers Club, Riverfront Fort Wayne Paddle Socials, 3rd Annual Pedal, Paddle, and Play, Riverfront Boat Tours, Panoramic Riverfront Tour on Sweet Breeze, Riverfront Walking Tours, Birdwatching on Our Urban Rivers, Storytime on the Riverfront, Riverfront Cleanups and more!
The Park Foundation Pavilion
The Park Foundation Pavilion will be available for public use as well as private rental in 2019. Seating for 150 will be available both inside and outside of the pavilion. Restrooms for both public and private use will be available as well. Additional information will be released at a later date.