FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The area Promenade Park sits on is no stranger to high waters. Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department Director Steve McDaniel says the new design helps keep people safe.
"We took a special care in how we designed the park. We know that we have fluctuations in our rivers and we're trying to deal with that," McDaniel said.
Some of the prominent features in Promenade Park is how they deal with flooding.
Built in bioswales, which are like contained green spaces, hold and filter water, sending rain water towards the river.
The plants in the green spaces won't die because of it.
McDaniel explained, "The plant material is designed so it can withstand any of the high water. It can be submerged for a little bit, when waters recede, they'll continue to grow and thrive."
The docks are all concrete, so they'll hold water in place and can be easily cleaned off when water recedes.
However, they had to balance the two. Too much concrete is something Mayor Tom Henry is worried about as the city develops.
Mayor Henry said in a July 2019 interview "The more buildings we build, the more parking lots we build, the more parking structures we build, the less ground there is to absorb water and that's been a real concern of ours for years now."
It all depends on how much rain we get. If we only get a little bit, only a small part of the dock might flood.
However, if we receive a lot of rain in a short amount of time, the park could flood all the way up past the base of the columns holding up the Tree Canopy Trail.
You can see indications of how high flood waters can get at the site, meaning if there is flooding, parts of the docks and the trail would be unsafe, putting the parks department staff plan into action.
"As flood waters come up, we'll obviously put up barricades to stop people from going past those to get in the flood waters. We want to make sure everyone is safe," McDaniel said.
So, if the park floods, keep yourself safe and hold back from going down to the river as the park holds the water out of your neighborhoods.
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