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Warning Signs Installed Near River Dams

More than 30 signs and buoys are being installed along the St. Joseph and Maumee rivers to promote awareness of the dangers of low-head (small) dams.

A committee made up of representatives from The Pelorus Project, the City of Fort Wayne (Utilities, Community Development and Fire), Northeast Indiana Regional Coordinating Council, Northeast Indiana Water Trails, Tri-State Watershed Alliance, A Better Fort and The Indiana Silverjackets (a voluntary inter-agency natural hazard mitigation team working to protect life, property and resources) came together after last year’s tragic drowning of a kayaker to work to improve safety along the rivers.

The signs will warn of the dangers of dams and the strong recirculating currents created just downstream of the dams. The signs and buoys will be placed in the water, on the riverbanks and on bridges near the St. Joseph dam, the Hosey Street dam and the Leo Cedarville dam.

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Riverfront Fort Wayne hosts historic boat tours

Riverfront Fort Wayne is kicking off a series of historic boat tours beginning this Sunday, May 29.

Beginning May 29, residents ages 12-adult can take a relaxing pontoon boat ride on select Sunday evenings at one of three times, 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. Each tour can accommodate 10 people and the cost is $12 per person. Boats will launch from Headwaters Park West. Pre-registration and payment is required online by visiting www.FortWayneParks.org and then following the menu to Register/Reserve Now to Adult Programs/Trips to Special Event.

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Fort Wayne Earns Bicycle Friendly Designation

The City of Fort Wayne has once again earned the title of Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists.

The League recently announced that 34 communities have earned the Bicycle Friendly title for the first time or have successfully renewed their designation. Every four years, a community must apply to keep its designation. There are now 372 Bicycle Friendly Communities across the United States. The Bicycle Friendly Community award recognizes a community’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

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Riverfront Benches to be Revealed Saturday

Local artists will reveal their Riverfront Fort Wayne art benches on Saturday, May 21 prior to the start of the Fort for Fitness Spring Cycle.

The City of Fort Wayne partnered with Artlink Contemporary Gallery to work with local artists in the transformation of ten former Citilink bus stop benches into attractive, functional works of public art. The benches will be displayed from 7 to 10:30 a.m. along Main Street in front of the Auer Center. Artists will be available at 9:30 a.m. to greet the public and talk about their work.

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Bike to Work Day Breakfast Set for Friday

As part of national Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry is encouraging local residents to give bike commuting a try.

On their way to work, residents are invited to stop at Headwaters West for the City’s Bike to Work Day breakfast from 6:30 to 8 a.m. During the breakfast, cyclists can enjoy free coffee, bagels and fruit courtesy of Parkview Health.

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