Envision Fort Wayne's Ideas for Riverfront from Community

By ISABELLA MOLLER | imoller@kark.com

Published 06/13 2014 10:10AM

Updated 06/13 2014 01:34PM

Envision Fort Wayne has seen several ideas for what the community would like to see along the Fort Wayne riverfront. 

WFFT's Isabella Moller brings you what creative ideas have been introduced.

Thousands of idea have been submitted to Envision Fort Wayne, ranging from protection of the rivers to socializing and living areas around the three rivers.  Now with just a few weeks left before two public meetings will be held, Envision Fort Wayne is asking for your help to keep the ideas flowing.

"Learn about the river, they can see other city's riverfront ideas, see a lot of the opportunities along the rivers and then can talk to someone."

Pam Holocher encourages residents to bring their ideas to the Envision Center in Fort Wayne for what they think should be done along the riverfront. 

Where the St Marys, St Joes, and Maumee Rivers come together, the Envision Center is looking to the public for what they think should be done.

"There have been lots of creative ideas.  Awhile ago there was the idea actually to put a steam engine museum and a steam engine route in that idea for there to be a theme there."

Other ideas Holocher says have been ziplining and groups of museums.  Dana Wilson suggests, "Concerts and stuff like that, local bands playing or people doing creative things."

Shelly Andrews is an avid kayaker, "the coolest thing for me would be to take my kayak through the reconditioned locks."

Holocher compares Fort Wayne's riverfront to Milwaukee.

"Our goal is to get people on the river and to show them the various opportunities."

Two public meetings are set for late July where Envision Fort Wayne will take additional input from residents.

"They will start coming up with ideas that are not as conceptual."

In addition to ideas from the public, the city contracted SWA group for $200,000 dollars to help with the study.

"The final action plan will be prepared and then some of the projects will be brought to the Mayor and City Council.

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