FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The much-anticipated Riverfront Project and Promenade Park is right on schedule, and on budget. Wednesday FOX 55 was offered a tour to see how the project is coming along.
"For us it's a way to tout what we're doing and keep the community up to date on how things are doing and that construction is moving along exactly how we want it to," said Steve McDaniel with Parks and Rec.
Some key elements going into the project are the Tree Canopy Trail, a playground worked into the trail, and a pavilion to host events.
"The Tree Canopy Trail is one of my favorites. It's a boardwalk type system that will be snaking through the trees. You'll be about 20 feet off the ground and off the water's edge," McDaniel said.
The goal is to encourage pedestrian traffic in the area, especially around the Harrison and Wells Street bridges. But, a project of this size doesn't come without issues, like high water.
"Working in construction in general, Mother Nature is not always the kindest and you gotta work around those things. We also kept a portion of our budget aside for contingencies," McDaniel said.
Multiple construction companies put in bids to work on the project, but a local company, Hagerman, is heading the process.
"Incredible project obviously for the community, fun project for us as the construction manager. Certainly a non-traditional project. We don't do many riverfront redevelopment projects," said Bob Young, the vice president of business development.
It's a project unique to Fort Wayne, with a price tag of about $20 million.
But, McDaniel said it will serve as a hub to get on the river, grab a bite to eat, and celebrate events.
Construction is expected to wrap up in the summer of 2019.