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Midwest’s newest attraction opens in Fort Wayne

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on August 14, 2019 with No Comments

Fort Wayne returns to its historical riverfront with the opening of Promenade Park, a development that renews Fort Wayne’s three rivers as a regional destination for recreation, arts, and culture. This one-of-a-kind park joins natural rivers with downtown Fort Wayne’s thriving urban center.

The grand opening of Promenade Park took place Aug 9-11.

Promenade Park, an innovative new Midwest destination, features many interactive elements, including a treetop canopy trail that stretches 560 feet from the historic Wells Street Bridge to the Harrison Street Bridge, offering a tree-top view of the park, the river, and the Fort Wayne skyline. In addition, visitors will find 4.2 amazing acres of fun, including an accessible playground, interactive water feature, amphitheatre, and dining garden.

Promenade Park was designed to be welcoming and accessible to people of all abilities. The paths have tactile surface features for vision-impaired individuals, wheelchair accessible grassy areas, accessibility at the water’s edge for easier transfer from wheelchair to watercraft, a dedicated handicap parking area, family restrooms, and wide paths.

The Midwest’s newest attraction will forever change Fort Wayne as a destination. This innovative, interactive park connects Fort Wayne’s three rivers – the St. Marys, St. Joseph, and Maumee – to downtown Fort Wayne in a way that will allow for everyone to experience the natural rivers in the heart of Fort Wayne’s urban center.

Promenade Park developments only enhance Fort Wayne’s current riverfront offerings including arts and cultural experiences at Science Central, The Old Fort, and the existing outdoor recreation opportunities including kayaking, boat rides, bike trails, events and more.

In downtown Fort Wayne, rivers offer natural experiences in urban settings. And as they travel away from the city, rivers provide paddlers with amazing opportunities to explore Indiana’s waterways and countryside.

As Promenade Park is just the first phase of Riverfront development, stay tuned for future private developments that include residential and multi-use buildings, and public developments.

For more information on Promenade Park, call 1-260-424-3700 or 1-800-767-7752. You can also visit www.RiverfrontFW.orgto learn more about the park and the city of Fort Wayne.

Promenade Park Fast Facts:

  • Park Size: 4.2 acres
  • The development cost $20 million to build.
  • Promenade Park’s location, 202 W. Superior St., will provide a catalyst for future private development along Fort Wayne’s riverfront.
  • Promenade Park is the first development to be built along both sides of the St. Marys’ riverbanks.

Urban style developments in Promenade Park include:

• The Plaza

• Amphitheatre

• Dining Gardens

• Unique elements of the Promenade Park developments:

• Tree Canopy Trail

• Kids’ Canal

• Pavilion with onsite restaurant, Trubble Riverside Café & Tap

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