Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has unveiled the schematic designs for the first phase of the city’s riverfront development. The city says the development could occur in eight areas on the north and south sides of the St. Marys River and will feature, among other amenities, a promenade, park pavilion and event lawn.

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will lead and manage development efforts as the first phase of the project will be focused on public spaces in a park setting. Henry says the time to make Fort Wayne’s riverfront a world-class development has come. 

"We must be committed to moving our City forward to continue the positive momentum we’re experiencing," said Henry. "Our rivers can bring all of us together to demonstrate to current and future residents and employers that our community is a place to invest in. We’re positioned for a great future as a jobs and quality of place leader."

The city says a contract for final design, engineering development, construction documents, project bidding and construction administration will be introduced to the city council on July 12, with possible discussion a week later and possible final passage a week after that. Before construction can begin, the Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners must complete the acquisition of three properties along the proposed area.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-to-late 2017 and be completed about a year later. The city says the project is projected to cost $20 million.

Henry says an information session will be held July 7 for the public to learn more about the designs and the next steps in the development process. You can learn more about Riverfront Fort Wayne by clicking here.