Riverfront grand opening postponed

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A worker uses safety cables as he does detailing on the Parkview Tree Canopy Trail, 20 feet above the St. Marys River. BRIDGETT HERNANDEZ

The grand opening of Promenade Park, the centerpiece of Fort Wayne’s riverfront development, has been postponed by seven weeks due to wet weather, the city announced May 8.

The park, which was schedule to open in June, is now scheduled to open in August.

“Due to the wet spring we’ve experienced, it has made it more difficult for construction crews to be able to do work on certain aspects of the park,” according to the city’s statement.

Areas that have been impacted include the Parkview Tree Canopy Trail, PNC Playground, Little Creek Bioswale, Rotary Fountain, Betsy Chapman Family Gardens, The Journal Gazette Foundation Dining Gardens and Ambassador Enterprises Amphitheatre.

Areas that are on schedule include Old National Bank Plaza, Park Foundation Pavilion, Auer Lawn, Convergence sculpture, Sweetwater band shell and Entry Plaza.

The construction of Doermer Kids’ Canal is also on schedule. The city is working with local approval agencies regarding particular features around the canal, according to the statement.

The grand opening is schedule to take place Aug. 9-11 and will feature a floating band performance, community art projects, lighted boat parade, butterfly release and boat rides.