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Fort Wayne celebrates new park with grand opening weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – The wait is finally over.

The gates opened to Promenade Park Friday afternoon, welcoming the first visitors to the $20 million downtown investment.

The grand opening event comes after two years of active construction on a wide variety of attractions. The park features a new pavilion, an amphitheater, a playground and more.

The city planned several events for the grand opening weekend, including a floating band performance, community art projects, a river lighting, boat flotilla, butterfly release and free boat rides.

READ MORE: What you need to know for the Promenade Park grand opening weekend

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Steve McDaniel called it “a historic moment” for the City.

“One of our goals of building on the Riverfront was to provide active recreation on our rivers, and we are excited to see our citizens become better connected to these important resources,” he said.

Promenade Park comprises:

  • Old National Bank Plaza
  • Park Foundation Pavilion
  • Betsy Chapman Family Gardens
  • Little Creek Bioswale
  • Rotary Fountain
  • Auer Lawn
  • Ambassador Enterprises Amphitheatre
  • Sweetwater Bandshell
  • The Journal Gazette Foundation Dining Gardens
  • Doermer Kids’ Canal
  • The entryway sculpture “Convergence,” by Linda Howard (presented by the Waterfield Foundation)

The park is located at the corner of West Superior Street and Harrison Street.

A full schedule of events can be found on

Take a look around what Promenade Park has to offer with our ABC21 slideshow tour!

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Jacob Burbrink

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