News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Evening River Walk Rescheduled
(October 10, 2014) – The Monday, October 6 river walk that was cancelled due to the weather has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The walk starts at Fort Wayne Outfitters/Bike Depot, 1004 Cass St. RSVPs are requested but not required by calling 311 or emailing. Those planning to attend are encouraged to check the website www.riverfrontfw.org the day of the event in case of any weather-related cancellations.
Participants will take part in a guided walk alongside the St. Mary’s River and learn about proposed riverfront development concepts. Local architects from Design Collaborative will sketch people’s ideas for what they envision along the downtown riverfront.
During two public meetings in July, riverfront consultants from SWA Group presented ideas that emphasized three themes: 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 St. corridor would emphasize dining, retail and commercial development along a promenade.
During the River Walk, residents will 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.
In November 2013, the City contracted with SWA Group to complete the Riverfront Study, which is the first comprehensive look at enhancing the use of our city’s rivers; it is intended to provide the road map to a world class investment. The study is expected to be completed in January 2015.