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Weather pushes back opening of Promenade Park

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The City of Fort Wayne pushed back the opening of a riverfront development project because of the heavy rains this spring.

Promenade Park is phase I of riverfront development, where construction costs alone total $20 million, and is designed to be a community gathering place including a tree canopy trail, a large plaza, a pavilion, and a dining facility.

The project along St. Marys River was supposed to open on June 21, but now officials are saying the grand opening will be held Aug. 9-11.

The grand opening will feature a floating band performance, community art projects, lighted boat parade, butterfly release, and boat rides.

In addition, construction of the Doermer Kids’ Canal is on schedule at this time. The City of Fort Wayne is working with local approval agencies regarding particular features around the canal.

Highlights of areas of the park that have been impacted the most by the weather:

  • Parkview Tree Canopy Trail
  • PNC Playground
  • Little Creek Bioswale
  • Rotary Fountain
  • Betsy Chapman Family Gardens
  • The Journal Gazette Foundation Dining Gardens
  • Ambassador Enterprises Amphitheatre

Highlights of areas of the park that are on schedule:

  • Old National Bank Plaza
  • Park Foundation Pavilion
  • Auer Lawn
  • Convergence Sculpture
  • Sweetwater Bandshell
  • Entry Plaza

Being set on a river can pose some challenges like dealing with rising water to levels like we’re seeing now.

Promenade Park was designed with that in mind.

“We chose materials like concrete that would be easily washed off, that could withstand the flow of the river, the sediment, the silt and stuff that it deposits, the logs that come down our rivers,” Fort Wayne Parks & Rec Director Steve McDaniel says.

That way, once the water recedes, parks employees can wash the debris off the surfaces so the public can use them again.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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