Headwaters Park

Headwaters Park 2.0 and downtown riverfront development Tranter Chad-04 Oct 2013-001 25-page paper in the Quest Club Papers at the Allen County Public Library.

Headwaters Park downtown at the confluence of three rivers, St. Joseph and St. Marys forming the Maumee River.
Street View
photo from Google Maps.

April 12, 2023 post by the Genealogy Center on Facebook:

It's #waybackwednesday! Take a look at this aerial view of the St. Mary's River and downtown Fort Wayne in 1924. This image comes from the Bert J. Griswold Collection in our Community Album.

View this image and thousands more in our Community Album: http://contentdm.acpl.lib.in.us/

See our Bert. J. Griswold collection of online information.

30 acre Headwaters Park published March 5, 2013 by The News-Sentinel newspaperon YouTube. See our 1913 Flood page and Ash Trees which line Clinton Street in this photo.

HEADWATERS PARK MISSION STATEMENT by Geoff Paddock, Executive Director, Headwaters Park Alliance at City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation. The Headwaters Park Flood Control Project is an environmentally sound addition to the Fort Wayne area, bringing several important goals together. Among these goals are flood mitigation, economic development, recreation, and outdoor education. Headwaters Park and Ice Arena is "located just north of the central city business district, Headwaters Park provides a quiet recreational spot as well as being the place where area residents come together for festivals, concerts, charitable and other special events."

Three Rivers Park on page 67 of Annual report of the Board of Park Commissioners by Fort Wayne (Ind.). Board of Park Commissioners, Publication date 1912

  1. At the ground breaking ceremony on Oct. 26, 1993, Headwaters Park was dedicated as the premier “Lasting Legacy” of the Fort Wayne Bicentennial Celebration and a monument to the citizens of the “City That Saved Itself.” copied from Headwaters Park is Stop #13 on the Central Downtown Trail 19 stops on the Heritage Trail by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage).
  2. There are two markers at Headwaters Park one on the east side near the Plaza shown on Google map Street View as Headwaters Park and the other Headwaters Park
  3. Amazing photo on city-data.com.
  4. The Headwaters of the Maumee and Wabash Valleys by Tom Castaldi posted September 19, 2013 on the History Center Notes & Queries blogand Headwaters Park with audio on ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) blog.
  5. On Thursday Dec. 20, Geoff Paddock, Executive Director of the Headwaters Park Alliance, awarded Anna Colbourne, a nurse from Parkview Hospital, as the 200,000th ice skater at the Headwaters Park Ice Rink. She became the 200,000th cumulative skater, since the rink opened back in Nov. 2003. Anna received a gift basket from area merchants and a season pass for the rest of the season. Each season, the popular ice rink hosts 20,000-25,000 skaters. From VisitFortWayne on Facebook.
  6. Headwaters Park: Fort Wayne's Lasting Legacy WFWA TV39 PBS Fort Wayne Special | 57m 9s Learn about the history and development of Fort Wayne's Headwaters Park. Aired: 12/03/12 Rating: NR. Book Headwaters Park : Fort Wayne's lasting legacy by Geoff Paddock and Headwaters Park ebook at the Allen County Public Library.
  7. Geoff Paddock Celebrates 20 years at Headwaters Park - January 17, 2013 Downtown Fort Wayne blog.
  8. A Park at the Headwaters by Tom Castaldi published July 31, 2014 in History Center Notes & Queries blog.
  9. March 26, 1998 aerial photo was posted in THIS DAY IN HISTORY: March 26 in photos by Dan Vance March 26, 2018 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.
  10. Throwback Thursday 1995-1999 Throwback Thursday: Headwaters Park takes shape has over a dozen photos published April 26, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  11. A city belongs to the citizens saying by local designer local boy Eric Kuhne Eric Kuhne & Headwaters Park by Suzanne Slick, Collection Information Spercialist published June 20, 2019 by FWMoA, Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
  12. Q&A with Architect Eric Kuhne about Headwaters Park by Jocelyn Wenk on Build a Better Burb.
  13. In the summer of 1921, local candy company Heit-Miller-Lau put up a billboard on Calhoun Street that showed what it called “Just A Dream”: A riverfront park extending from Wells Street east to the confluence of the city's three rivers. On July 10 of that year, The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette (our name then) published a photo of that billboard along with a statement from the candy company. Copied from the History Journal features and stories of historical interest from the archives of The Journal Gazette
  14. A 1921 'dream' of riverfront parks by Corey McMaken was published August 27, 2020 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  15. Dating back to 1903, the land has been the location of a foundry, a boiler shop, an auto salvage junkyard, a gas station, a machine shop, an auto upholstery business and a rag warehouse. Next door stood a natural gas production plant that operated for almost a century before closing in 1948. In recent years, the property at the northwest corner of Superior and Clinton streets has been a parking lot for patrons of the Club Soda restaurant and various Fort Wayne festivals. Copied from Stalled Lofts at Headwaters Park project faces cost and contaminants Rosa Salter Rodriguez, Feb 25, 2023 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  16. April 4, 2023 post by the City of Fort Wayne Government on Facebook:

    After 25 years, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation takes over management of Headwaters Park.


February 27, 2023 post of Headwater Park in Winter by Hidden View Photography on Facebook.

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