FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Walkers, runners, and bicyclists will now have a comfortable place to stop and rest along the Rivergreenway. The 2013 Leadership Fort Wayne Project Team presented a new rest node to the city Tuesday morning. It’s located directly in front of the City of Fort Wayne’s Water Filtration Plant on Spy Run Avenue. The site provides benches, an IPFW “Sculpture with Purpose” bike rack, and a drinking fountain for people as well as their canine companions.
“With the trail system in Fort Wayne being such an integral part of the community, our project team determined early on that we wanted to find a way to contribute to this important part of our community’s quality of life,” said Matthew Wirtz, City Utilities Deputy Director and Leadership Fort Wayne Project Team member.
Leadership Fort Wayne (LFW) was founded in 1983 and is a program designed for adults who have demonstrated their ability to achieve personal goals and have a desire to make a commitment to community service.
The 2013 LFW Project Team, which included Kim Fuhrmann, Shawna Squibb, Kim Sabrosky, Chad Tranter, and Matthew Wirtz, decided to create the rest node after investigating a number of other project possibilities.
The sculpture is entitled “Flow” and was created by Alec Johnson, superintendent of park planning, landscape & horticulture for Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation. It was developed with the idea that the river is part of our trails system and is also essential to the welfare of our community as the source of our drinking water.
“I continue to be encouraged by the unprecedented momentum we’re experiencing in the City of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We’re fortunate to be part of a community that values and appreciates recreation, trails and greenways, and safe, dependable drinking water. Leadership Fort Wayne is making a meaningful difference to enhance the quality of life we enjoy.”