River walks scheduled to show off development ideas

The St. Mary's River near downtown Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Anyone interested in learning more about proposed riverfront development concepts near downtown Fort Wayne are invited to take part in two walks scheduled for early October.

The walks will take place on October 6 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm and on October 7 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Both walks will start from the Fort Wayne Outfitters/Bike Depot located at 1004 Cass Street. RSVP’s are requested, but not required. Interested people can call 311 or email riverfrontfw@cityoffortwayne.org.

Local architects will be along on the walks to sketch participants’ ideas for how they would like the riverfront along the St. Marys River developed.  SWA Group, the consultants hired by the city to come up with a riverfront development plan, has identified three themes based on input received during two public meetings in July.  The three themes are nature, recreation and development. The Guldlin Park/Bloomingdale area would focus on natural habitat and could possibly include an ecology center, wetlands, docks and floating platforms. Lawton Park would have a recreation focus and might include an adventure playground, beach-like area and river walk. The Superior Street corridor would emphasize dining, retail and commercial development along a promenade.

During the walks, residents will be able to see these concepts and how they might work into the existing landscape. Participants can offer their ideas and local architects will sketch what those ideas might look like.

SWA Group plans to have its riverfront development study completed in January of 2015.

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