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Fort Wayne Parks & Boulevard

Park & Parkway Systems

Fort Wayne Parks & Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Heritage Landscape worked with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and the community on preservation planning for seven historic parks and one boulevard. These detailed cultural landscape reports were completed through a process of historic documentation, field investigation, community meetings, user surveys and alternative testing. From this multi-level foundation, Heritage Landscapes provided recommendations to enhance the values of this system of public spaces and to augment park and boulevard character, use, functionality, and stewardship.

Highly illustrated narratives with detailed plans present the origins, evolution, existing conditions, issues and phased preservation and rehabilitation initiatives. At Lakeside Park, the restoration of the historic Rose and Sunken Gardens combined with a network of pedestrian paths enhance the unique character of the park. Defining connections between Swinney Park and the broader city and redesigning the garden area to reflect its original Japanese style strengthen the park identity. Trail links connect neighborhoods and nearby parks to Memorial Park, enhancing use of the civic landscape while tree plantings and conservation of historic monuments provide a more pleasing landscape. Conflicts between user groups at Foster Park are addressed through improved access and connections, increasing park functionality and quality of experience. At Weisser Park, access and circulation are addressed while protecting and augmenting the native oak grove. The valued relationship between Shoaff Park and the St. Joseph River is enhanced through the creation of riverfront trails. The former character of McMillen Park is regained with the planting of tree groves while the important regional and neighborhood facilities are integrated into the scenic park landscape. Rudisill Boulevard maintains its use as a convenient transportation route and recaptures a park-like quality with street tree plantings, a multi-use trail and reduction of street-edge paving. Heritage Landscapes worked with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and local consultants to implement the proposed Swinney Park pond and pavilion and Lakeside Park walks projects; planning for additional projects is underway.

Client:
Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation

Projects:
Historic Park & Boulevard Cultural Landscape Reports

Credits:
Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners