Vision For Fort Wayne Riverfront Revealed

Feb 5, 2015

Fort Wayne’s riverfront consultant has completed what they call a “grand vision” for the city’s riverfront development. The designs were revealed to the public Wednesday at the Grand Wayne Center. 

SWA Group held public meetings and collected citizen input throughout 2014 to determine what people in Fort Wayne want from riverfront development.

SWA’s final recommendations include everything from adventure parks and zip lining courses, to housing and cultural attractions. These are just ideas that the City and potential developers could draw from.

The first phase of the plan is a promenade along the St. Mary’s River beginning at the Historic Wells Street Bridge, where people could walk, shop, and dine.

The proposal focuses heavily on recreation. As a cyclist who races along the banks of the river, James Holm is looking forward to how that area may change.

“I think that the grand vision is really cool," says Holm. "It gives the city opportunities to bring people down to see parts of the city that they may not regularly get to see.”

SWA Group will provide a final report to the City in the next few weeks. City leaders will then work to start implemention.