“Our rivers, for a long time, were a detriment to our community. We have three rivers that join together downtown, and, again, before we had flood protection put in place, our entire downtown would flood. But now, those dams and dykes are now in place…we’re taking our rivers now and trying to turn them into an asset.” -Mayor Tom Henry, City of Fort Wayne.
During the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns annual convention at French Lick Resort, host Taylor Bennett sat down with the city of Fort Wayne mayor, Tom Henry to discuss the importance of the new Riverfront Development project as a means to turn the convergence of three, nearby rivers into an asset for residents and businesses to enjoy more fully. The development consists of 4 stages, beginning spring of 2017. Here’s a closer look at the project’s progress:
Phase 1 Development – Phase I is underway! In June 2016, Riverworks Design Group unveiled the schematic designs for the first phase. Work will now begin to develop detailed construction and engineering documents, which will lead to construction, possibly beginning in 2017. Get the latest news here.
Activities and Entertainment – In 2015, Riverfront Fort Wayne hired a programming and events coordinator. Since then, dozens of activities have taken place along our downtown riverfront and dozens more are planned. Check out the full listing here.
Riparian Management Plan – A comprehensive Riparian Management Plan was completed and is now being implemented by the City’s Parks & Recreation Department. Efforts will involve ensuring that all vegetation clearing, replanting and maintenance is performed in a manner that is both beneficial and sustainable.
More information can be found at www.riverfrontfw.org.