Parks Board to vote on phase one of riverfront development in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The Parks Board will vote on an updated plan for the first phase of riverfront development on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Riverfront Advisory Committee reviewed and unanimously recommended that the Park Board approve the Final Phase One Riverfront Development Designs, according to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department.

The Parks Board will vote on the first phase of riverfront development during a meeting Thursday.

The first phase includes a tree canopy trail, a children’s play area, river access, a pavilion, family restrooms, superior street gardens and an entry feature. The Harrison Street Bridge will also be converted from three lanes of traffic to two lanes. One lane will then be dedicated to pedestrians.

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“I’m encouraged by the outstanding design work for the first phase of riverfront development,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Our rivers can be a catalyst to making Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana a point of destination for individuals, families, and businesses. The positive momentum and excitement we’re experiencing in our community will be enhanced by making investments along the riverfront.”

The projected cost of construction for the first phase isn’t expected to exceed $20 million. The construction will happen on both south and north sides of the St. Marys River between Harrison Street and the historic Wells Street Bridge.

Construction on the riverfront development is scheduled to start in mid-2017.

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