2019 Merit Award
Fort Wayne, IN
Lamar Johnson Collaborative
The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has a rich history of Native American and European settlers who strategically designed fortified camps at the confluence of three rivers – evolving into the now modern city. In recent years civic leaders recognized the value of creating riverfront attractions that strengthen their downtown into a regional destination.
Promenade Park is a new 6 acre development which spans the banks of the St. Mary’s River in downtown Fort Wayne. The goals of this user-friendly park was to connect the community to the river with a focus on recreation, dining and entertainment venues, programmed events, social equity, resilience and ecological restoration.
The result is a riverfront that now gives the community direct access to its river and opportunities to experience the ebbs, flows, and sounds of nature, and an equitable landscape for people of all ages, races, physical abilities, and economic situations.