Phase one of Franklin School Park begins

Photo of Mayor Henry and Park's Director Al Moll breaking ground on the new Franklin School Park. (Photo from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department.)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) City leaders shoveled a bit of dirt marking the beginning of phase one for construction at Franklin School Park. The groundbreaking ceremony at 1903 St. Marys Ave. means the new park is less than a year away.

The City’s investment in this first phase includes nearly $760,000 for design, construction and arch restoration. The park’s plans include a splash pad, benches for seating, sidewalks connecting the new park with the neighborhood, a new restroom facility in the partially remodeled school garage, site lighting and landscaping.

“Franklin School Park is a model community project,” Parks and Recreation Department Director Moll. “A group of leaders with a common interest organized and approached Mayor Henry with their request. He listened, provided his support, and soon the project was underway.”

Phase One is expected to be complete in late summer 2016.

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