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Fort Wayne in Allen County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Headwaters Park

Headwaters Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 30, 2008
1. Headwaters Park Marker
Inscription.  Architect Eric R. Kuhne was commissioned to design a flood control plan that would provide for a park and premier festival center. It could also serve as a model for flood control in other sections of the country. The Headwaters Park Commission was formed to implement and fund the plan that is now Headwaters Park. Construction to develop approximately thirty acres in the “Thumb” began in 1994 and was completed in 1999. There are approximately twenty acres of parkland that lie in the floodplain. About ten acres comprise the festival plaza and parking lots that were constructed on higher ground. Headwaters Park was created by the citizens of Fort Wayne through their donations, ideas, and labor as a means of flood control in the city. Earlier designs conveyed a similar purpose. George Kessler's plan envisioned a green space for recreation in the great bend of the St. Mary's River to absorb springtime floods, as did the park design submitted to the city by Robert Hanna. Mayor Win Moses called for the construction of the park in 1981, one year before the great flood of 1982. In 1984, the Indiana Department of Transportation also developed
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By William Fischer, Jr., December 30, 2008
2. Great Meadow in Headwaters Park
Several markers along path circling the Great Meadow, looking north with Clinton Street on the extreme left and the Hamilton Women Plaza on extreme distant right of photo. Fountain Plaza area is in right foreground.
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a plan for the downtown flood plain. Mayor Ivan Lebamoff urged that the City Lights Fund, created from the sale of the City Lights Utility in 1974 to Indiana & Michigan Electric Company, be used for certain civic development funding, including Headwaters Park. Mayor Paul Helmke committed this money along with state funds for land acquisition and building demolition. The Headwaters Park Commission raised ten million dollars from the private sector to build the park and festival center. On October 22, 1999, Fort Wayne's 205th birthday, the Headwaters Flood Control and Park Project was dedicated to the citizens of Fort Wayne.
Erected by City of Fort Wayne and The Shoaff Family.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsNatural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1913.
Location. 41° 5.122′ N, 85° 8.353′ W. Marker is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. Marker is one of a series that ring the Great Meadow in Headwaters Park. This marker is about 50 feet east of Clinton Street and about 100 feet NW of the Fountain Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 S Clinton Street, Fort Wayne IN 46802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Effort To Build A Park (within shouting distance of this marker); First Americans
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(within shouting distance of this marker); The Floods (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fur Traders and the Military at Fort Wayne (within shouting distance of this marker); Miami Legend of the Sandhill Crane (within shouting distance of this marker); Flood Retention Walls (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Headwaters Park (about 300 feet away); Little Turtle (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Wayne.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,614 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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