Riverfront survey shows people want recreation off the river

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A recent survey released by the Riverfront Fort Wayne shows that citizens care most about recreation off the river.

92 percent of those who responded said they thought recreation off the river was either important or the very important.

The city said the study indicated overwhelming support for recreational opportunities both on and alongside the river, as well as for natural habitat space.

“Recreation and natural habitat stood out as having the most interest from respondents,” said Pam Holocher, deputy director of community development. “However, those taking the survey were also interested in a variety of other options along the riverfront – they were enthusiastic about all the ideas.”

The least important thing for those who took the quiz is housing development, which 27 percent said was not important.

“Nearly 2,600 people took our survey about what they’d like to see along the downtown riverfront,” said Mayor Henry. “People are clearly excited about the momentum they see in our community and are looking forward to the continued growth and vibrancy that enhancing our riverfront will encourage.”

These concepts will be presented during two public meetings, both at the downtown Allen County Public Library theater. The meetings are set for Wednesday, July 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 24, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The City provided a consultant, SWA group, which will present several concepts at the meeting. Attendees will have a chance to provide feedback about the designs.

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