Riverfront Fort Wayne Project Kicks Off

Riverfront Fort Wayne Project Kicks Off

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and other local economic development leaders have broken ground on the Riverfront Fort Wayne project after receiving approval of Regional Cities Initiative funding from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) in support of the redevelopment.

“The Indiana Regional Cities Initiative is helping transform communities throughout the state into nationally-recognized destinations to live, work, play and stay,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Riverfront Fort Wayne is a visionary project that will enhance the region’s greenspaces, increasing economic development while building a vibrant urban core that serves as a catalyst for future development in Northeast Indiana.”

Riverfront Fort Wayne Phase 1 is a major piece of a long-term, transformative project to create a world-class riverfront in downtown Fort Wayne. The project will increase available recreation and entertainment opportunities, driving increased tourism and quality of place in Northeast Indiana. The first phase of the project will establish a park and community space along the St. Marys River, which will include a promenade, boat launches, overlooks, an interactive playground and trails. Phase 1 of this project will also anchor the Harrison Street corridor, support development around the Ash Skyline Tower and enhance the developments at the Grand Wayne Center and Parkview Field.

Phase 1 of the riverfront is expected to be complete by November 2018.

Total Project Investment: $26.38 million
State funding: $5.1 million
(Conditional upon the receipt of permits)

“This is a great day in the City of Fort Wayne as we begin construction on a world-class project that will have a lasting and meaningful impact on Fort Wayne and the region,” said Mayor Henry. “Riverfront development provides unique opportunities as we work together to continue to be a point of destination community that’s a recognized leader in job growth and retention, strong neighborhoods and attractive quality of life amenities. We’ll remember today’s groundbreaking as a special moment in our ongoing commitment to moving Fort Wayne forward in the right direction.”

“We’re excited to get this project underway, and very grateful for all the support we’ve received from the entire community,” said Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll. “As we like to say, this park is by the community, for the community.”