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FLOWING
The Future Is
in Fort
Wayne
Riparian conservation efforts inspire
volunteerism among community members
By KayeC Jones
A
t the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, is " The Confluence, "
an area where the St. Joseph, St. Marys and Maumee
Rivers converge. It's an apt name considering the history of the
city, but also because of where the city is going. Fort Wayne is
consistently changing, with the three rivers remaining constant at the city's
center. People are drawn to water for a reason, and the Fort Wayne Parks
and Recreation Department has leapt into riverfront development.
In 2019, Fort Wayne Parks and
Recreation unveiled a new park
situated on the St. Marys River -
Promenade Park - and it's just the
first of three phases of riverfront
development in the city. However,
park and recreation professionals
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know that any new park or public
feature
brings new maintenance
needs. How do you protect, restore
and improve the rivers for both current
and future citizens? The answer
for Fort Wayne is a river barge
and a passionate crew.
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Inception of Riparian
Division
The riparian division at Fort Wayne
Parks and Recreation began in 2015
with the publication of the City of
Fort Wayne Riparian Management
Plan prepared by Biohabitats, an
ecologically focused design firm
based in Cleveland. From riparian
buffers to herbivory management
and everything in between, the Riparian
Plan served as the foundation
and guide for the city's future
riparian maintenance supervisor.
The plan analyzed and assessed

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