Plaza for riverfront park now has name
Old National Bank donates $180,000
By Dave Gong | The Journal Gazette
The main plaza of Fort Wayne's planned downtown riverfront park will be called the Old National Bank Plaza based on a $180,000 grant from the Old National Bank Foundation toward the construction, officials announced Friday.
The plaza, part of public improvements slated for the south bank of the St. Marys River between the Harrison Street and Wells Street bridges, will include a pavilion, band shell and amphitheater. The project will also include a promenade, children's play area and tree canopy trail.
“We are thrilled to have Old National Bank's generous commitment and support,” Park Director Al Moll said in a news release. “We truly appreciate their proactive approach in making our city a better place to live and work.”
The plaza will be centrally located within the riverfront project. Officials expect it will act as a gathering place for park guests.
“Old National is excited to be a partner in this important Fort Wayne community project,” Dan Doan, region CEO, said in the statement. “Economic development is one of our Foundation's funding priorities and the riverfront project aligns with our mission to help foster vibrant, sustainable communities.”
Old National has $14.9 billion in assets and provides banking and other financial services in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Pending approval of the construction contracts by the City Council this month, construction on Phase 1 will begin in June. Completion is expected in late 2018.