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Promenade Park celebrates one year of being open with socially distant activities

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FORT WAYNE Ind. (WPTA21) - Promenade Park is turning one year old today and city officials organized a celebration. The activities included floating yoga, paddle parades, kayak and canoe games and a floating fire pit finale.

Deputy Director of Recreation for the Fort Wayne Parks Department, Chuck Reddinger, says all of the activities were designed for social distancing.

"This park has had a really wonderful first year, even in despite of the pandemic," Reddinger said.

He says this wasn't as big of a celebration as they hoped for, but he's happy people were still able to enjoy the park together.

"I think it really has achieved what the city envisioned for this park," Reddinger said.

Since the opening of Promenade Park, there have been concerts in it's amphitheater, events in the pavilion and even just a space for the community to enjoy downtown Fort Wayne.

"It's really brought a lot of people downtown looking at our beautiful rivers even though we haven't been able to do the level of programming we were hoping to do," Reddinger said.

This is just phase one of the city's Riverfront Development project. Reddinger says the city is still planning to move forward but it has been delayed due to the pandemic.

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