Open: 6 am-11 pm daily
Learn more about the Riverfront
Promenade Park, the first phase of our transformational Riverfront Fort Wayne Project opened in 2019! Highlights of the opening weekend included the ribbon cutting and various arts performances, boating and recreation as well as nature and our rivers’ ecosystem activities.
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The Grand Opening Celebration was held for Promenade Park August 9-11, 2019. Approximately 35,000 people came to visit the park that weekend. Park visitors continue to visit the park and enjoy all the amenities the park offers! Please check out the Park Amenity list and the Parking Map (Visit Fort Wayne) to learn more about the park. Feel free to visit daily from 6 am-11 pm!
Thanks for celebrating two years of Promenade Park with us!
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and Riverfront Fort Wayne celebrated the second year of Promenade Park at “River, Set, Go!” on Saturday, August 7, 2021. Visitors were invited to enjoy activities along the river in Fort Wayne’s 87th park, starting with Dragon Boat Races, Contests, Kids Games, Floating Yoga instructors on the Amphitheatre steps.
Everyone then enjoyed We Are Checkmark followed by A Paddle Parade, and ending with floating fire pits! Check out additional photos on the River, Set, Go! link and on our social media pages!
A special firepit finale ended the anniversary celebration in style.
More information is available at RiverfrontFW.org or 260-427-6000.
Enjoy a virtual "hike" at Promenade Park!
Until your next visit to Promenade Park enjoy a virtual hike safely at home!
Volunteers needed for the Promenade Events
We are busy planning events for Promenade Park and we need YOU! If you can volunteer, please contact the Riverfront staff at 260-427-6000.
The PNC Playground is a fully accessible playground to be enjoyed by all! Do you have questions about the PNC Playground?
Canoes & Kayaks
If you have your own canoes, kayaks or other watercraft feel free to explore Promenade Park by water! Fort Wayne Outfitters rents watercraft too and is adjacent to the park!
Doermer Kids' Canal
The Doermer Kids' Canal is a popular draw for both the very young and old alike.
Rental Opportunities in Promenade Park
Fun & Games
At Promenade Park there are 3 Ping Pong Tables, 2 Cornhole games and 1 Foosball table for your enjoyment!
Trubble Riverside Cafe' Hours
Learn more about Trubble Riverside Cafe and Tap at www.trubblebrewing.com.
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 which was completed and opened to the public on August 9th, 2019.
The City of Fort Wayne’s riverfront consulting team revealed designs for the next phases of riverfront development, some of which could be under construction within the next 12-18 months.
The next phase includes the creation of trails, a wetland boardwalk, an open-air pavilion, two new boat docks and more open park space. Additionally, another section of tree canopy trail will be added with two overlooks. There will also be new signage and more access points to the river.
Phase II Riverfront public open space stretches along the north side of the St. Marys River from Clinton Street to Harrison Street and from the historic Wells Street Bridge to Ewing Street. It also includes the south side of the river at the Ewing Street Bridge and extends along Superior Street as new streetscape to meet Promenade Park. A section on the south side of the river between Harrison Street and Headwaters Park will also be included.
Phase II Riverfront public open space is anticipated to be an investment of approximately $25 million. Construction documents for Phase II Riverfront public open space should be completed by the end of this year. Construction is anticipated to begin in late summer or early fall of 2022.
Promenade Park Sculpture
Mayor Tom Henry and Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel officially unveiled the first piece of Promenade Park to the public on July 26, 2019. “Convergence, Linda Howard, 2018, presented by the Waterfield Foundation” sits on the southeast corner of Promenade Park, near the intersection of Superior and Harrison streets. Mayor Henry and McDaniel shared their excitement for the sculpture, especially as it means the opening of the first phase of Riverfront Fort Wayne is getting closer. Read more...
Little Creek Bioswale
What is the Little Creek Bioswale? Learn more...
This project is partly funded by:
We're lighting up the river with year-round programs.
Summer programs include: Urban Birdwatching, Storytime on the Riverfront, Young Naturalist Series, Muddy River Concert Series, Taste of the Arts, Community Inclusive Night, Mini Sensory Expo, Sensory Fun Night, Community Chess in Promenade Park, COP a Story and much more!
Upcoming Fall events being planned include: Free Family Fishing Day, Community Chess, Young Naturalist Series, Community Inclusive Expo, Sensory Friendly Night of Lights, Calm Water Sensory Tent, Muddy River Concert Series, Rollin' at the River Comedy Series, Nevermore: The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Fright Night: Raven Scavenger Hunt, Fireside Tales of Terror, Dia de los Muertos, Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, Senior Luncheons by the River, Be River SmART: Clean Drains Fort Wayne Fest, and Holiday Window Displays at Promenade Park and more.
Check out the on-line calendar for information on all of these exciting programs!
Interested in learning about Urban Birdwatching?
Check out future programs at Promenade Park.
Park Foundation Pavilion
The Fort Wayne Park Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce its support of Promenade Park by raising funds for the construction of the Park Foundation Pavilion. With generous contributions from area foundations and individuals, the Foundation raised $1,000,000 which was generously matched with $500,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. In addition, the Park Foundation pledged $150,000 from its unrestricted endowment funds to support the project.
Check out the News Release for additional information or the Riverfront web site!
Riverfront Endowment Donations
The Fort Wayne Park Foundation invites families to become a part of local history by supporting Promenade Park. A gift of $500 will be recognized with an inscription on a Greenscape Step within the Park. It's similar to buying a brick. The purpose of this campaign is to create a legacy endowment for Promenade Park. The Promenade Endowment will help support improvements, updates and programming along the rivers, and will be operated by the Fort Wayne Park Foundation, a nonprofit charity. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made securely at the Park Foundation website. Learn more: https://fwparkfoundation.org/product/donate/