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Downtown Fort Wayne adds another ‘parklet’ to growing public space portfolio

PNC Plaza parklet

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The latest public gathering spot in downtown Fort Wayne is taking shape in the plaza outside the PNC Bank building.

It's one of several "parklets" that have been rolled out this summer -- spots that have been cordoned off and spruced up to serve as dining or chatting spaces meant to enhance the experience of visitors.

“We’re excited to help transform this space on Main Street into a family-friendly Downtown destination where our community and visitors can eat, play, and interact,” said PNC Regional President of northern Indiana Corinna Ladd. “Similar to the PNC Playground at Promenade Park, the seasonal parklet demonstrates our commitment to uplift the quality of life in our community and boost the economic vibrancy critical to Downtown business success.”

The plaza is familiar to most area residents for its seasonal use as host site of "Santa and His Reindeer" -- the holiday light display that brightens downtown each November and December.

The new parklet is funded through the CARES Act relief program and is a grant provision from the Knight Foundation through the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. It will include outdoor dining set-ups and a life-size chess board.

Other parklets are located at The Porch Off Calhoun (next to 816 Pint & Slice); on Lewis Street outside of Lewis Street Grill; and on Wayne Street outside of Big Apple Pizza. 

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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