Parks department outlines next year’s projects
The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department next year plans to spend 20.7 million.
Department officials and Mayor Tom Henry highlighted plans during a news conference this morning at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.
About 20.7 million will go to Promenade Park construction for the riverfront. Included among the new projects are a long-awaited indoor connector from the conservatory to the Embassy Theatre next door and a refurbishing of Pavilion No3 in Foster Park.
The connection to an Embassy stairwell would enable patrons to walk not only to the theater but also the Grand Wayne Center and downtown hotels in inclement weather without going outdoors, the mayor said.
He called the project “dear to my heart.”
Steve McDaniel, director of the parks and recreation department, said the project is set to begin this spring and should be finished by the end of October.
The Foster Park project would put a new roof on the pavilion an renovate masonry and wood columns while also creating a path to the nearby River Greenway, McDaniel said.