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RIVERFRONT SURVEY - MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

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I want to thank all of our residents who responded enthusiastically to the City's recent Riverfront Fort Wayne survey.

Nearly 2,600 people took our survey about what they'd like to see along the downtown riverfront. People are clearly excited about the momentum they see in our community and are looking forward to the continued growth and vibrancy that enhancing our riverfront will encourage.

The Uses and Activities Survey was primarily filled out online with some hard copies completed at Riverpalooza and several locations throughout Fort Wayne. Respondents expressed support for a wide variety of uses along the riverfront, including sitting places, mixed use development, winter activities, and entrepreneur space. They indicated overwhelming support for recreational opportunities both on and alongside the river, as well as for natural habitat space.

Recreation and natural habitat stood out as having the most interest from respondents. However, those taking the survey were also interested in a variety of other options along the riverfront – they were enthusiastic about all the ideas.

We have provided our consultant, SWA Group, with the results of the survey. The consultant is also reviewing the comments from the March public meetings, the ideas submitted online, and the opinions expressed at the Envision Fort Wayne Center, 916 S. Calhoun St. SWA Group is using the public comments to develop several broad concepts.

These concepts will be presented during two public meetings, both at the downtown Allen County Public Library theater. The meetings are set for Wednesday, July 23, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 24, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Please consider attending one of these important meetings. After SWA presents several concepts, attendees will have a chance to provide feedback about the designs.

To stay up-to-date on Riverfront Fort Wayne activities and see the survey results, visit www.RiverfrontFW.org and sign up for the e-newsletter or follow @CityofFortWayne on Twitter and use the #RiverfrontFW.

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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry
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A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column.
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