EV635 – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist
Learn more about 2021 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, EV635 (Mexico City).
May 4, 2021
Location: Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Developer: Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
Designers/Consultants: The Hagerman Group; Design Collaborative; Lamar Johnson Collaborative; Engineering Resources, Inc.; Hoch Associates; One Lucky Guitar; American Structurepoint
Site Size: 4.5 Acres
The ambitious scope of Promenade Park involved the transformation of the north and south banks of the St. Marys River in Fort Wayne, IN, into a signature space for recreation, relaxation, and reflection for the downtown Fort Wayne community and surrounding areas. The project site covered over 4.5-acres, and one of the key components – the Pavilion – includes over 6,400 square feet of space under roof.
The three rivers that Fort Wayne was originally built around had been fading into the background, not being well cared for. Promenade Park would connect the community with the rivers, bringing awareness to the need to care for the rivers as well as bringing the urban community closer to the natural environment. Several firms came together to form the Riverworks Design Group, who then went out into the community to hear directly from the people about what they envisioned for the future park.
Riverworks Design Group met with downtown workers, millennials, a local organization that supports those with physical and mental disabilities, and the League’s group of individuals with visual impairments to learn how to make the park a place for everyone. The park also became a symbol of prosperity for downtown Fort Wayne, with more riverfront development phases on the horizon, and a flourish of development with new businesses springing up downtown not far from the park.
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