Downtown Is Blooming!

New Planters Brighten Downtown Fort Wayne

Mayor Tom Henry and other city leaders showed off 20 new planters in downtown Fort Wayne Wednesday.

The new planters are located on Harrison, Wayne, Berry, and Calhoun Streets. They were made possible by the participation of sponsors of the first annual “Groundhog Open” indoor golf tournament which took place on February 2.

Mayor Henry thanked the title sponsors, St. Joseph Hospital and Fort Wayne Newspapers, for the Groundhog Open.  “It’s great to see such community support for downtown beautification. The private support makes it possible for a popular program focused on beautification of our downtown, not only to continue from year to year, but to expand throughout the downtown area,”  Henry said.

Downtown companies PNC Bank and Sperry Van Ness Parke Group were also recognized for their participation in the Downtown Improvement District’s new “Adopt a Planter” program. This program provides the opportunity for community partners to invest in the beautification of the downtown by sponsoring the annual maintenance costs of individual planters.

This year’s expansion of the downtown planters raises the total number of units to 100.

Planter Expansion Details:

–          The Downtown Planter Program began in 2010 as part of the Calhoun Street revitalization program planned by the Community Development Division and implemented by the City of Fort Wayne’s Public Works and Parks and Recreation Divisions.

–          All the proceeds, reaching $16,000 in its inaugural year, from the successful indoor miniature golf tournament the “Groundhog Open” are allocated for the expansion and support of the downtown planter program.


Categories: Beautification, DID Downtown Improvement District

2 Comments on “Downtown Is Blooming!”

  1. Paulette Ross
    April 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM #

    Over spring break this year, my husband and I took our grandchildren to St Louis for a few days. While there, we visited the City Museum located in downtown St Louis, and thought what a great idea to co-partner with other children’s activities in Fort Wayne. Our grandchildren who are 12,10and 8 had a great time and the museum that day was crowded
    with pre-schoolers up to older teenagers with different areas open for the younger kids. The museum is designed mainly for the young, but many adults were also enjoying all the climbing and crawling areas. Please check out their website or under attractions in St Louis. We could see a facility similar to this one being a big boost to downtown Fort Wayne.
    Paulette Ross

    • April 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM #

      Nice to know. I’ve never been to St. Louis my self but I was very curious to check it out online after reading your comment. If anyone else is interested, you can get more information on the museum Paulette was referring to here

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