Waynedale Political Commentaries


The first-ever riverfront development study was just completed and released to the public on February 4. Hundreds of people turned out on a snowy night to see the possibilities that exist for our community.

I share the public’s enthusiasm as we look forward to see how we can form public-private partnerships that will explore opportunities that focus on nature, recreation, and development.

The City’s riverfront consultant, SWA Group, has recommended building a waterfront promenade as the first phase of enhancements to Fort Wayne’s downtown riverfront. The first sections of a promenade could extend along both the south and north banks of the St. Marys River beginning at the Historic Wells Street Bridge and stretching east toward Harrison Street.

We recognize that developing our rivers will take time and that potential projects will be done in phases over a period of several years.

At my recent State of the City Address, I announced that we’re taking the initial steps to show our commitment that we’re moving forward with this initiative.

First, I’m challenging the downtown development trust to begin the process of property acquisition to allow for future development.

Second, I’m requesting that City Council partner with us as we explore the first maintenance projects along the riverbank that will need to occur.

Finally, I’m calling on the Downtown Improvement District and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. to create additional programs and activities along the rivers.

To lead these efforts, I’ve asked Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer to form an implementation committee to coordinate the riverfront plan.

We need to continue to think big as we collaborate to make our riverfront a true legacy.

Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Mayor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer