Work continues at Promenade Park, progress made along riverfront

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Promenade Park Pavilion

Construction crews continued working on several parts of Promenade Park along the riverfront Wednesday.

WANE 15 News was given a tour inside the construction zone by Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel. The construction area covers the land both north and south of the St. Marys River between Wells Street and Harrison Street.

The park feature progressing the most is the Park Foundation Pavilion. It will host events year-round and can hold about 150 people seated inside and 300 people when large doors are open, allowing people to spill outside.

In addition to the event space, a food area will be included and both inside and outside restrooms. 

Glass windows on the pavilion were in place Wednesday as crews worked to install siding on the building. A goal put in place was to close off the building soon so crews can work on the interior during the cold winter months. McDaniel told WANE 15 News, to prevent condensation from building up on the glass walls, the building will be heated by duct work in the ceiling and heated coils in the floor, both already installed.

Concrete was being poured in several locations around the park as WANE 15 News toured Wednesday morning, including a sidewalk along Harrison Street. While Harrison is still closed to traffic between the river and Superior Street, the path and curbs clearly mark where traffic will be separated from the park. The sidewalk features space for trees to be planted.

The foundation is in place for the 19 foot tall sculpture, “The Flow of the Three Rivers,” designed by Linda Howard. It will be the “visual anchor” to the park at the northwest corner of the intersection of Harrison and Superior Streets.

Crews also readied to pour the concrete for the Sweetwater Bandshell. The bandshell will provide two different spaces for musicians to perform to people at the park.

While that work happened in the park, progress was made in the water as well. The final pieces of a temporary wall, seprating the water from the new docks, were removed Wednesday. They were placed in the water to keep the concrete for the new docks dry. 

Park leaders expect to celebrate the official opening of Promenade Park during the summer of 2019. 

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