FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Progress is being made on the new Promenade Park in downtown Fort Wayne.
The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department said the project is still on time.
"A lot of people have been thinking about this for many years. We're looking forward to great achievements down there," said councilman Tom Freistroffer, (R) At-Large.
Tuesday, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department directors Al Moll and Steve McDaniel updated city council the progress of the riverfront development that's been years in the making.
"Hats off to the public for being patient," said Moll.
Construction crews are working to make sure everything is secure, Tuesday they installed steal beams along the river bank.
The first phase, which is under construction now, is paid for with several private funding sources.
Phases two and three will be paid for by an income tax increase city council approved last year.
"It's exciting that Fort Wayne is stepping into using our rivers again. We've seen that other communities, it's prospered their communities," McDaniel said.
After the project caught the eyes of people around the country, many national companies are looking to get involved in the project.
This includes everything from updating studies and creating designs.
"It's very exciting. It shows us we are doing the right thing. We're developing the framework that citizens are going to be able to use this area for years and years to come," said McDaniel.
Promenade Park is expected to open in just over a year.
That's when construction on phase two will begin.