Riverfront Fort Wayne encourages you to connect with our rivers through nature, recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment!

Our Vision:
Riverfront Fort Wayne is an initiative that envisions a revitalized downtown riverfront area that is a regional destination offering opportunities to experience nature, recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment in a whole new way. The Riverfront Fort Wayne action plan was developed through a process that included extensive community input. The resulting vision of our riverfront plan offers something for everyone, from natural wetlands that allows you to reconnect with nature, to an activity park that encourages people of any age to play, to a promenade that welcomes you to stroll and enjoy shopping and dining along the river. These areas of interest are strengthened by improved pedestrian, trail and vehicular connections from nearby neighborhoods and the downtown which will ensure an ease of accessibility to the riverfront for residents and visitors alike.

Next Steps:
Working with an implementation committee created by Mayor Tom Henry, the City of Fort Wayne has initiated the first of many steps needed to bring the vision to life. Current implementation activities include:

  • The coordination of additional year-round activities within the Riverfront District area which will provide the community with new ways to enjoy our rivers now and keep up the momentum, support and intrerest generated by the community during the study process.
  • The development of a Riparian Master Plan which will provide the city with specific direction on strategies to restore, enhance, clean up and maintain riverbank areas.
  • Assistance in the development of feasibility studies for the Headwaters Junction and Ecology Center attractions proposed in the vision plan.
  • The initiation of property acquisition and predevelopment activities in the proposed promenade area located near the Historic Wells Street Bridge.

The vision provided by the Riverfront Fort Wayne study has the promise to provide our community with a new sense of place and pride that is authentic, innovative and celebrates everything that makes our city a great place to live, work and play.