FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — The long-awaited Promenade Park is set to have a three-day long opening celebration starting Friday. Here are some of the things you should know as you are making your weekend plans.
When do the festivities begin?
The main events start at 5:30 Friday evening, with doors opening at Superior and Harrison Street. Mayor Tom Henry will welcome the community from the floating stage at 6 p.m. and will participate in the ribbon cutting at 6:20 p.m.
What events are taking place
There are events taking place all weekend long, a full schedule can be found on the Riverfront Fort Wayne website, but a few events include:
- Concerts and performances
- Art installations
- River lighting
- Dragon Boat races
- Kayak Parade
- Lighted boat parade
- Bird watching
- Plant scavenger hunt
People wanting to help out by volunteering for the grand opening celebration can sign up online.
Who will be performing?
Friday’s opening ceremony celebration is themed Arts and Culture Day. Throughout the day’s celebration, there are several performances taking place on the floating stage and Sweetwater Bandshell. The performances include:
- El Camino Hot Tub
- Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Youth Chorale
- Secret Mezzanine
- Broken Pencil Improv
- The Legendary Trainhoppers
- Maumee, Mary, & Joseph Comedy Sweetwater
- Feature Band Performance
Where can I park?
People not wanting to struggle to find a parking spot near the park can take a ride on a shuttle during the grand opening ceremony. Event organizers say the shuttles are lift-equipped and should make their route every 15 minutes during the event. The times for the shuttles are:
- Friday, August 9: 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 10: 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
- Sunday, August 11: 10 p.m. – 6 p.m.
People can park at:
- River Lot (Corner of 4th and Clinton)
- Citizens Square at 210 E. Washington: surface lot
- Ash Brokerage on Harrison St.
- Promenade Park