Construction delays on the city of Fort Wayne’s Promenade Park project have pushed back the grand opening of the riverfront development.
“Any time you’re working in or around a river, it’s obviously difficult,” Brad Smith of The Hagerman Group explained. “There’s a whole element of dangers and safety precautions that we think about.”
Due to what the city called a wet spring, construction crews have struggled to be able to do work on certain aspects of the park.
“Even after the rain event and the floods rececde, there’s a drying out period before we can get equipment and things black on the slopes to allow a safe activity to happen,” Smith added.
Highlights of areas of the park that have been impacted the most by the weather:
- Parkview Tree Canopy Trail
- PNC Playground
- Little Creek Bioswale
- Rotary Fountain
- Betsy Chapman Family Gardens
- The Journal Gazette Foundation Dining Gardens
- Ambassador Enterprises Amphitheatre
Areas of the park that are on schedule are:
- Old National Bank Plaza
- Park Foundation Pavilion
- Auer Lawn
- Convergence Sculpture
- Sweetwater Bandshell
- Entry Plaza
In addition, construction of the Doermer Kids’ Canal is on schedule at this time. The City of Fort Wayne is working with local approval agencies regarding particular features around the canal.
As a result of the weather challenges, the Promenade Park Grand Opening will not be able to be held June 21-23.
“To see it go from hand sketch, to drawing, to the computer, to what’s out there today, it’s pretty rewarding,” Ron Dick of Design Collaborative said. “We’re getting close and we’re really ready to push it over the finish line, we just moved the finish line a little bit, but we’re pretty darn excited.”
Promenade Park’s Grand Opening is now scheduled to take place August 9-11. The Grand Opening will feature a floating band performance, community art projects, lighted boat parade, butterfly release, and boat rides.
“We want to make sure that we’re doing it right,” Parks Director Steve McDaniel added. “That it’s right for our community and rushing it didn’t see like the right answer.”